Ubud Batuan Village

Ubud Batuan Village

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UBUD BATUAN VILLAGE FOR TRADITIONAL PAINTING ART

The artistic painting village

Batuan village (alternate: Batoeon or “Baturan”) is a village in Ubud Bali, Indonesia. This village is famous for its artwork and style of painting which originated in the village in the 1930s. Since than it has emerged into a major Balinese artistic style, known as a Batuan painting. It is a major painting center. Therefore in this place contains a number of art galleries and cooperative art societies. This galleries and the art societies which have been a key role in promoting the art of Batuan.

Location the Batuan Village is about 7 kilometers north of Denpasar about and 10 kilometers south of Ubud. It is popular with center of Bali arts, and now it’s known for its dancing, wood panel carving and Bali paintings ubud. We have lots of tours to Batuan and Ubud painters. In this place you’ll see the beautiful paintings and they have Bali paintings for sale too.

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Country Indonesia
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Languages spokenIndonesian,English
Currency usedIDR (Rupiah)

Culture and history info

About batuan painting Balinese art forms are primarily classified under three major categories of which Batuan Style (distinct from the Ubud Style) which originated in Batuan is one style which has absorbed the traditional art form to the present dynamic art styles; the other two Bali art styles are the Ubud style of Ubed and the Sanur style which have been further supplemented by a "Young Artists" style of 1960s of Penestanan (the artists village) origin influenced by the Dutch artists. In the Batuan style of painting, the emphasis is adoption of sombre colour, generally in black and white with preponderance of mystic Balinese religious ethos related to sorcery and witchcraft. They are also famous for the miniature painting with great attention paid to detailing. The artists have an eye for detail as they paint with great patience. Vegetation is drawn in a stylised format, but each leaf is painted and shaded. The patterns, even in batik sarongs, have the minor figures drawn very carefully. Even the open space is filled with pulsating marks. Scenes emerge from the canvas and retreat into the vegetation such as a dog fight, a love affair, a group of gamblers, all shown in a corner of the canvas. Another notable feature is, unlike the Ubud style, the Batuan style also imbued daily life scenes in its depictions, deviating from the traditional. The depiction is of factual scenes but camouflaged in the form of masks. The colours used by the famous artists of Batuan were more bold than those used in Ubud paintings, with green and maroon being the dominant shades used for depicting human beings. Daily life with a complex variety of activities is depicted in great details. However, the painting canvases still adopted the three space formula with the bottom part devoted to daily human activities, with ritual activities in the middle section and with the upper section devoted to the realms of gods. The Batuan painters belonging to the Pita Maha Painters group also created aesthetically elegant paintings combining Buddhist mythology with vivacious and inventive Wayang-style images. These paintings have also been described as “naïve style works –almost caricatures – that depict daily life with humour. Culture and history image

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