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Framing the Magic of Bali at John Hardy Seminyak

A high-end jewelry brand rooted in Balinese craftsmanship is once again delighting art lovers, especially those with an interest in learning about traditional culture. John Hardy has collaborated with NYAMAN Gallery to present a special showcase titled “Transitions, an Exhibition by Nikola Kostic,” spotlighting locally inspired works by Serbian photographer and longtime Bali resident Nikola Kostic. Running until February 20, 2024 at John Hardy Boutique and Gallery, Seminyak, it speaks to the role of the Indonesian island as a perennial source of creative inspiration for the artist.

Recurring themes in Kostic’s work range from age-old religious ceremonies to the island’s famous kite festival. Flying kites in Bali holds deep cultural significance, as kites are believed to carry messages to the Gods and spirits, asking for blessings and good fortune. The Belgrade-born artist was immediately fascinated with the chaos and adrenalin of this tradition soon after he moved to Bali back in 1998.

His artworks are photographic prints on clear acrylic plates on top of a white background, creating shadows reminiscent of Indonesian wayang kulit shadow puppets. Kostic adds splashes of vibrant color by painting on the back of the acrylic. This mirrors a traditional glass painting technique practiced in Bali as well as several places around neighboring Java, most notably Cirebon, Solo, and Yogyakarta.

Art enthusiasts can also admire installations that decorate the interiors of the John Hardy Gallery, Seminyak, where glass painting workshops will be held, alongside social events bringing the community together to celebrate art and Indonesian culture.

“Transitions” is on show at John Hardy Boutique and Gallery, Seminyak until February 20, 2024; opening hours are from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. daily and entry is free.

For more information, visit johnhardy.com.

A Balinese boy in traditional garb; launching a kite during the island’s annual kite festival.
Left to right: A Balinese boy in traditional garb; launching a kite during the island’s annual kite festival.

This article was brought to you by John Hardy Bali.