It draws the attention of tourists. The analogue and digital paintings exhibited by Whoa! Frank at the Pendopo Lobby of Apurva Kempinski Bali are an attraction for tourists visiting the hotel. Indeed, ahead of the Christmas and year-end holidays, the hotel located on Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Benoa, South Kuta Subdistrict, Badung, has showed an increase in visitors. Meanwhile, the paintings presented by Balinese artists under Whoa! Frank seem to welcome the presence of tourists on the Island of the Gods.
The exhibition of analog and digital paintings was officially opened by the Founders of Whoa! Frank, namely Franklin Firdaus and Locca Chandra last December 21. There are around 12 works including printed digital paintings and analog paintings (artists paint on canvas using color paints) to be on display until January 4, 2022. Apart from presenting the paintings, the artists also conduct digital painting demonstration, cut and paint as usual. This art demonstration becomes a very appealing tourist attraction, so that they take turns watching the art attractions. The exhibition applies strict health protocols.
Franklin Firdaus stated that Whoa! Frank is an art charity program to introduce the meeting of digital and analog art with great potential in the future. Many artists have difficulty in introducing their work to the next level of thing, especially during this pandemic. Most of the time, these artists work and maybe they do not know how to sell their works or contribute more broadly or expand their network.
“At Whoa! Frank we can provide a platform for the artists in Bali. Both digital and analog platform can be implemented for painting, photography as well as sculpture and others that are born from emotions, born from the soul of art,” he explained.
Whoa! Frank platform is very helpful for the welfare of the artists who produce the works because in every work sold, the artists will get royalties from the work having been produced. No matter how many times the painting is sold, the artists will get their royalties for that number of times. Unlike before, when the artwork was sold, the artists only get the proceeds from the sale, not royalties. “In Whoa! Frank, the artists only create works, they do not have to think about how to sell them because this platform does all the rest,” said Locca Chandra.
The platform, said Franklin Firdaus, also contributes back to Bali as the home to the artists who produce the works. This means that part of the proceeds from the sale of the artists’ work will be given back to Bali. Part of the proceeds from this sale will be given to the community in the form of donations like money or goods needed through the Chance to Change organization, as well as orphanages and nursing homes.
“Essentially, a certain percentage of sale proceeds from this charity will be taken, and we hand over the donation directly to the organization, whether it is in the form of goods needed at the time or in the form of cash,” concluded Franklin Firdaus. (BTN/015)