Playing With Dogs ‘Bermain Dengan Anjing’ by Gusti Putu Sana.
Playing with dogs is a unique piece by Gusti Putu Sana. A an artist from Pengosekan, Ubud. Gusti Putu Sana is a traditionalist with his own unique mark on his paintings. With an impressive career spanning over 40 years. A contemporary post war traditional artist that has stood the test of time. One of the true lasting survivors of his generation.
This piece is truly unique out of Sana’s extensive portfolio. Very few of his compositions depict life as it is in the present moment. A true rendition of a reality that he sees in the community at present. A free styling, moving away from the formulas and compositions that dominate the traditional artist’s practice.
Balinese dogs were often found running freely in the streets. Less so today due to programs that ensure a raising awareness towards caring for our local dogs.However, this is still very much part of the Balinese village scene. The state of dogs in Bali is often something that visitors from foreign countries find a little challenging. For animal lovers in the world, coming from countries that afford domestic pets a higher degree of attention and care, seeing neglect, feel very compassionate towards the Balinese street dog.
This painting captures this connection. between visitors and the Balinese dogs. In many ways, the compassion towards animals that is shown by many tourists in Bali, is a considerable influence in shifting perspectives towards animal rights.