Lempad of Bali House (Bali’s late legendary sculpture and painter)
I Gusti Nyouman Lempad was a genius Balinese painter and sculptor in the 1930s commissioned by the lord of Ubud to build the local temples and palace. Lempad was also a key artist in the famous Pita Maha collective that was sponsored by the king of Gianyar, Cokorda Agung Sukawati. The Pita Maha was formed in Ubud by the esteemed western artists Rudolf Bonnet and Walter Spies.
I imagine that hundreds of tourists pass by Lempad’s unassuming house every day during the high seasons without giving the house a second glance.
- Vickers, Adrian, Balinese Art: Painting and Drawing of Bali 1800-2010 (Singapore, Tuttle Publishing, 2012), p. 121.