Bruce W Carpenter

A student of art history and fluent in four languages, Carpenter has been resident in Bali since the early 1970s when he arrived from Europe as an aspiring young artist. Inspired by Indonesian and Balinese art, he has authored and co-authored more than twenty books and scores of articles on the archipelago’s art, history and culture including W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp: The First European Artist in Bali; Batak Sculpture; Nias Sculpture; and Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago. In 1996 he founded and curated the non-profit Ganesha Gallery at the Four Seasons Resort in Jimbaran. Dedicated to young Indonesian and Balinese artists it would mount more than two hundred exhibitions in close to twenty years. He has collaborated with numerous noted scholars over the years. Carpenter first visited Puri Lempad in 1974 and struck up an enduring friendship with Gusti Made Sumung that lasted until his death in 1994. He is currently working on two book projects on Indonesian tribal art.