Fight Lust, a dynamic composition of contrasts and tension, with complex layers of visual elements inspired by Balinese tradition, along with modern and contemporary painting, by Gianyar painter Nyoman Arisana, has been awarded the 2017 TiTian Prize.


The work, which was selected from a total of nine finalists, balances monochromes with vibrant colours, and depicts demonic creatures at war with one another, symbolizing human behaviour. “Lust greatly influences human life and survival, greed, jealousy and envy are common, yet our desire to do good may also be perceived as lust,” said the 27-year-old Arisana.

The TiTian Prize finalists, along with a selection of other esteemed Balinese art figures were awarded their prizes during the first anniversary celebrations of the Yayasan TiTian Bali, in Ubud on Sunday 29 January. The opening of the ceremony and the presentation of the awards was officiated by the Chairman of the Agency for Creative Economy Indonesia, Triawan Munaf.

Chairman of the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy Triawan Munaf, with the nine finalists of the 2017 TiTian Art Prize

Chairman of the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy Triawan Munaf, with the nine finalists of the 2017 TiTian Art Prize

“We are excited by be associated with Yayasan TiTian Bali, it as if TiTian is our arm in Bali,” said Munaf. “The mission of the Foundation is inline with our concerns.”

“What we are doing now with the agency is developing the eco systems within each of the 16 sub sectors of the creative economy, including the visual arts,” Munaf said. “We aim to create policies, involving multi ministries, that can make some breakthroughs for our creatives, giving them freedoms and mechanisms of how to enter markets, access finance, and how to register the intellectual property of their creations.”

Yayasan TiTian Bali (YTB) was established in the belief that Balinese art would flourish as it is integrated into a truly creative economy. “The founders of TiTian believe in continuing the importance of Bali’s history and culture, but we share a concern that the long association of the island’s creative life with tourism, cottage industry, and souvenirs, combine to create static and clichéd perceptions of cultural heritage,” said YTB Director Soemantri Widagdo.

'Dunia Mimpi' Made Sutama

Dunia Mimpi by Made Sutama

'Nature Tease' Wayan Aris Sarmanta

Nature Tease by Wayan Aris Sumanta

'Hidup di Alam' Gede Suryawan

Hidup di Alam by Gede Suryawan

“We aim to work with Balinese artists, designers, and performers to ensure the long-term cultural, economic, and creative success of Balinese arts, with the highest levels of entrepreneurship in its creation and marketing,” he said. “Our mission is to discover, nurture and develop new talents, helping them achieve their full potential.”

The TiTian Prize 2017, open to all Balinese visual artists in the genres of painting, sculpture, installation and photography, received 82 entries from all regencies in Bali, plus entries from Lombok and Yogyakarta, 9 works were submitted by women. The finalists ranged in age from 21 – 53, reflecting the talent of both emerging and established artists. Genres varied from the traditional Kamasan, Batuan and Keliki styles, works influenced by modern and contemporary painting, and one wood carving installation.


Nine Finalists of the First TiTian Prize

The exhibition is open 29 January – 26 February 2017

TiTian Bali Art Space, Jalan Bisma 88, Ubud, Bali.

Open Daily: 10 am – 6pm


Words & Images: Richard Horstman – Art activist Richard Horstman (b.1964 Melbourne) first visited Ubud in 1986. The former sculptor is a journalist, writer, art tourism presenter and behind the scenes doer in Bali art scene. Dedicated to contributing to the development of Balinese and Indonesian art, he regularly contributes to the Jakarta Post on a range of art related topics and may be contacted at: