Saturday, 23 October 2021

How we nearly lost artist Bill to Bali

OUR front page story last week about Henley artist Bill Mundy being caught up in an emergency while flying to Bali for a holiday reminded him of how he nearly went to live on the island.

He tells me: “I first went to Bali when I was living in Bangkok in the Sixties and running an international advertising agency.

“One of our clients was Thai International Airlines and another the only major hotel on the island at that time, the Bali Beach Intercontinental. I had started publishing a magazine called Tropic on behalf of the Intercontinental Group.

“My first visit in 1965 included photographing the wonderful scenery and interviewing three of the four major artists who lived there, Han Snel, Walter Spies and Don Antonio Blanco, who had an amazing house and studio. It could only be approached by a swinging bridge over a ravine. Sadly, all three are now dead.

“Bali has always been special to me and at one time in the late Sixties I fancied giving up everything and living there in the artists’ colony. I’m glad I didn’t as Ubud, where most of the foreign artists lived, is now a very busy tourist Mecca.

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