Asroel – Portraits of Peacemakers Project on BaliSpirit.com
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Asroel – Portraits of Peacemakers Project
There has been a growing mistrust between people of different faiths in
particular between Hindus and Muslims in Bali ever since the First Bali bomb in
October 2003, especially given the greater world context of 9/11, the invasion
of Iraq and the War on Terrorism.
Asroel is a talented, 29 year old Javanese Muslim artist, specializing in
portrait painting. He recently moved to Bali and has become concerned about
what he can personally do to contribute to break down this atmosphere of
His own life has been an example of breaking down prejudices and barriers: he
was born with only one leg and one short arm but no hands. He has throughout
his life had to overcome many barriers and prejudices: yet he attended school,
trained as an artist and recently married.
The Project: The Portraits
Asroel is proposing to demonstrate his skill painting portraits with his foot
by invitation at various venues such as at schools, art galleries and public
He will be making portraits of outstanding figures of Peace-Makers and bridge
builders and incorporating biographical information and inspirational
quotations in both English and Indonesian.
He will make paintings or drawings of people like Gandhi, N Mandela, M L King,
St Francis, Kabir, H Keller, and Ibu Gedong Oka of Bali. Gradually he will
build up a collection which he will exhibit in an art gallery.
He will also make portraits from life or from photos for those who wish to
Other Portraits by Asroel
Schools and Galleries may invite Asroel
This will be an ideal opportunity for school children and the general public to
learn more about such outstanding people as well as to appreciate Asroel's
If interested please SMS or phone Asroel on 081337004385, or Vern Cork on
08123995055 or 7470944. Or email Meg!
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