Prae Pupityastaporn’s studio in Bangkok, Thailand. Image courtesy of the artist and Nova Contemporary, photo by Kanrapee Chokpaiboon.

We are pleased to announce the first Metis Residency for emerging Southeast Asian and Indonesian painters at a villa in the heart of Seminyak, Bali owned by art patron Michael Chow. There has been a long, rich history of artistic exchange and influence between Singapore and Bali, that we now feel honoured to be a part of.

This February 2024, Prae Pupityastaporn and Enggar Rhomadioni will participate in our first batch, graciously supported by their galleries Nova Contemporary (Bangkok) and Sullivan+Strumpf (Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore). The Residency will include an immersion programme into the visual art landscape of Bali: visiting galleries, other residencies, and artist studios.

It will conclude with a special programme developed in collaboration with our partner fine jewellery brand John Hardy: a pop-up exhibition and workshops on collecting Southeast Asian art in early April. If you ever happen to visit the Island of the Gods, please reach out to us!

Contact christina@metisart.co to express interest in our programme.

Public Programme

Welcome to the Road Pop-Up Exhibition
John Hardy Seminyak, 3-14 April 2024

Welcome to the Road is a culmination of Enggar Rhomadioni & Prae Pupityastaporn’s one-month residency in Bali at the Metis Art villa in Seminyak, created specifically for contemporary art painters. 

“The Road” is one of the central themes of Rhomadioni’s surrealistic series that recounts his first journey to Bali ten years ago, where he encountered tragedy, misfortune and unexpected generosity. It is also a guiding motif of the exhibition where many roads of different travelers lead into the heart of Bali. The island – with its impressionist sunsets and moody night skies depicted by Pupityastaporn – inevitably transforms every wanderer. 

Enggar Rhomadioni, "Lamunan Jalan Raya (Roadway Reverie)", 2024, oil on canvas, 36 x 61 cm

Collecting Southeast Asian Art
John Hardy Seminyak, 5 & 12 April, 3-5PM

Made up of 11 countries and thousands of islands, Southeast Asia inevitably makes up a diversity of cultures and traditions that provide a rich backdrop to its contemporary art scene. This workshop led by Metis founded Christina J. Chua offers entry points to art enthusiasts and young collectors in understanding the cultural, historical and market contexts to this vast geographical terrain. 

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