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recto: Self portrait on Balinese door (Donald Friend) verso: Jungle motif with devotional figure (I Made Jojol)



Donald Friend


06 Feb 1915 - 16 Aug 1989

I Made Jojol


circa 1951 -


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.


Place where the work was made

Sanur Beach Sanur Bali Indonesia



Materials used

recto: oil, gold leaf on wooden door with carved frame verso: carved jackfruit tree (Artocarpus heterophyllus)


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.

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased with funds provided by Carole Muller and the Pissarro Dinner Fund 2005


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Donald Friend

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Artist information

I Made Jojol

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 5 publications


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 AM, OBE, Foundation Newsletter #7, 'Camille Pissarro preview Fundraising Dinner', Sydney, Dec 2005, (colour illus.).

Rodney James, Australian artists in Bali: 1930s to now, 'The first and second wave 1930-1990', pg. 8-38, Langwarrin, 2015, 16, 33 (colour illus.), 65.

Rodney James, Australian artists in Bali: 1930s to now, Langwarrin, 2015, 33 (colour illus.), 65.

David Robson, Beyond Bawa: Modern mastersworks of monsoon Asia, '7. Bali interlude', pg. 73-84, London, 2007, 84 (colour illus.).