He is an Bali artist legend living in Ubuds neighbor village Peliatan: Kan Kulak portrays Bali culture and taksu (spirit) – he is like a powerful Balinese spirit himself.
Its joy of life and dedication to Balis precious culture expressed in his paintings, some of them reminding of Gauguins soft and colorful expressionism.
However there is much more to discover in his art, an universe of complexity in the spiritual belief of Bali: his large black & white art works are unsurpassed masterpieces in storytelling this complex interwoven spiritual world.
Portraying Dewi Sri, goddess of rice, Kan Kulak shows how all creatures and spirits are depending on her and linked to each other. All space surrounding us is full of spiritual energy and living spirits, therefor you will find in Bali art very often all space of canvas and sheet of paper filled with creatures.
This spiritual view on the world can have a great impact on our western culture, it can inspire and remind us to connect to nature again. Western culture is influenced by the three big religions originated in the desert, which change the world into a desert – after we lost the connection to a spiritual world full of spirits like in Bali still present, reflecting the universe of souls mankind is put in.
Black & white art goes deep back in time in Bali art history. In the early times, a simple bamboo stick and ink was used – now also soft graphit.
Kan Kulak is also leading community projects like designing and supervising production of the huge bull sarcophagi for cremation ceremonies or creating a monster for Ogoh Ogoh parade in the night before Nyepi.
Above: Ogoh Ogoh designed by Kan Kulak, collaborating with artist friend Epong and other community members of his banjar in Peliatan.
But what he loves most is his silent reatreat in his studio to work on new art.
Soon more on Bali art, Kan Kulak and his friends.