(Australia 06 Feb 1915 – 16 Aug 1989)
(Indonesia circa 1951 – )
158.5 x 51.8 cm sight (painted door); 165.5 x 55.0 cm carved door; 203.0 x 93.8 x 24.5 cm door overall:
0 - Whole; 203 x 93.8 x 25 cm; Door overall, including frame and plinth/base.
0 - Whole; 158.5 x 51.8 cm; Sight dimensions of painted door panel.
0 - Whole; 165.5 x 55 cm; Door panel with carving.
b - plinth/base; 24.5 x 93.8 x 25 cm; Plinth/Base overall.
a - door; 178.5 x 83.5 x 10.7 cm; Door overall.
Donald Friend first visited Bali in 1966, later deciding to settle there at Sanur Beach where he built his Batujimbar Estate. Painted and carved respectively by Friend and Balinese sculptor I Made Jojol, this door was situated either in the museum or the guest pavilion that Friend created. In the upper section Friend has created a mocking portrait of himself as a Balinese prince, sitting in the lalita asana yoga pose; while the lower part was inspired by traditional Indonesian motifs.
Reflecting his great love and appreciation of Bali, Friend commissioned the young Jojol to carve the verso of this work. The subject presumably relates to a legend connected with his mountain village. A princely figure in a doorway holds his palms together in the Balinese gesture of respect; contrasting with the surrounding riot of animals and foliage in a whimsical, asymmetric composition.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2006, 'Year in review: Australian art', pg. 20-22, Sydney, 2006, 20, 21 (colour illus.).
Edmund Capon, Foundation Newsletter #7, 'Camille Pissarro preview Fundraising Dinner', Sydney, Dec 2005, (colour illus.).
David Robson, Beyond Bawa: Modern mastersworks of monsoon Asia, '7. Bali interlude', pg. 73-84, London, 2007, 84 (colour illus.).