Ubud Painting

Ubud Painting is very easy to find at several places in Ubud,Bali. Look for local art galleries, markets, and shops that sell this artwork. Exploring the Ubud Art Market is a great way to discover a wide range of paintings created by local artists at a cheaper price. Visit recommended galleries; they have good-quality paintings from the masters, and most of the paintings come with certificates as the original paintings.

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Ubud painting and other painting styles of Batuan, Kamasan and Pengosekan. Bali is not only famous for the beautiful scenery of the island but also for its culture and tradition. One of the most famous factors that makes Bali known to the international community is the Balinese art. Balinese dances and handy crafts such as wood carving, batik, silversmithing, and art painting are what most people are looking for when they visit Bali.

Ubud Painting is one of the most famous works of art that can only be found in Ubud, Bali. Ubud Art Painting  has been developing in terms of style, tradition, and modernization. The development of painting in Bali began with the arrival of many famous painters from outside Bali; the richness of the style and coloring of art was really added without losing its original character. The unique culture, traditions, and nature of Bali are the main reasons world painters decide to work and live here in Bali.

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Ubud Painting

Ubud painting is heavily influenced by Kamasan-style painting, which was one of the first canvases that developed in Bali. The influence of this painting is very widespread in Bali, especially on the walls of shrine buildings. In contrast to the Batuan style of painting, which is not so widespread, this may be because it requires more skill and sharper concentration, so it takes far more time to complete a small painting. However, it is slightly different in that the Batuan painting style developed in Ubud, which is about 10 kilometers from the village of Batuan.

Initially, the Ubud style was similar to Batuan, mostly based on the theme of belief or religion by taking the objects of the Ramayana, Mahabharata stories, and Hindu ritual trinkets. In terms of coloring materials, it is also the same based on black and white blending. Not knowing more than one dimension, but very detailed, it looks like the leaves of the trees that were calculated by the painter; there is not a single point that escapes 100% painter completion. However, the arrival of Dutch painters in Ubud such as Walter Spies (1926) and Rodof Bonnet (1928) changed the face of Ubud painting by introducing three-dimensional techniques.

Art Painting Museums Ubud

Museum Puri LukisanNeka Art Museum
( ARMA ) Agung Rai Museum of ArtThe Blanco Renaissance Museum

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Ubud Painting Style

  • Classical and traditional: Ubud’s painting style contains distinct classical and traditional Balinese elements.
  • Environmentally friendly: Usually use organic paints and natural materials in the manufacture of paintings.
  •  Natural and cultural motifs: Ubud paintings often depict natural motifs, views of rice fields, flowers, or stories of Balinese culture.
  • Smooth and detailed: Usually has fine details and emphasizes the quality of the painting.
  • Inspiration from Balinese mythology: Taking inspiration from Balinese mythology, legends, and traditional stories

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Pengosekan Painting Style

  • Modern and expressive: Pengosekan’s painting style tends to be more modern and emphasizes self-expression.
  • Strong in color and accent: Pengosekan’s paintings highlight the use of bright, contrasting colors as well as eye-catching accents.
  • Realistic themes: Pengosekan’s paintings often depict realistic themes, such as daily life, dances, or Balinese activities.
  • Contemporary touches: May incorporate contemporary elements or artistic styles from outside Bali.
  • More free and experimental: This style of painting gives artists the freedom to express their feelings and imagination.

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Kamasan Painting style

The classic Balinese painting style in Kamasan painting is very easy to recognize. The basic color is a light brown taken from limestone “Batu gamping”, which is dyed in water.

Black on each incised line; in ancient times, jelaga was used. As for other colors, painters use watercolors to make the painting more lively.

The origins of the traditional Kamasan-style wayang painting are a continuation of the tradition of painting wong-wongan (man and nature) in prehistoric times until the arrival of Hinduism in Bali. Aspects related to the existence of Wayang Kamasan painting include philosophical, spiritual, technical, economic, social, and cultural aspects.

Wayang Kamasan painting is not just a work to explore beauty; the main thing is that a work functions as a ritual object as a medium to achieve certain goals, such as showing good and bad life.The division of fields in Kamasan wayang painting also refers to Hindu teachings about the Tri Loka, namely the bottom, middle, and top. The more sacred the world or space, the more sacred it is considered.

The theme of the painting depicts wayang characters, such as those in the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Sutasoma, Panji, Lelintangan, and others.
According to the impression of international collectors, the Kamasan style paintings are considered to be very refined and sophisticated, clean, not fussed over unimportant details, and the message of the story is very clear.

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Batuan Painting Style

The Batuan style of painting has a solid characteristic; there is no perspective in the painting, and there can be more than one theme.

Batuan painting style is essentially solid, Leaving almost no free space. There is no perspective if the photos from above are all the same. From above to below, they are all the same.

In addition, Batuan has 5 difference techniques in painting, such as :

  • Sketching, nyawi (drawing) to sharpen the lines of the pencil
  • Nguntur to distinguish far from near objects.
  • Sigar to divide the lines of the painting
  • Motifs (batik, bricks, temples with carvings)
  • Coloring.

The process of working on this Batuan painting style can take months, ranging from 1–9 months.

Ubud Painting Western Artists

The arrival of famous western painters in Bali began around the 1920s. Those who had come to Bali, such as Walter Spies, Rudolf Bonnet, Jose Miguel Covarrubias, Don Antonio Blanco, Adrien Jean Le mayeur and Arie Wilhelmus Smith, decided to stay, and even some painters married Balinese women. It is from here that Ubud paintings are increasingly famous, and many western painters collaborate with well-known local Balinese artists.

Walter Spies

Walter Spies is a German painter who move to Bali in 1923. He often paints views of rice fields in Ubud. He depicts a primitivist painting style in terms of community activities in the rice fields, which are part of traditional Balinese life.

Rudolf Bonnet

Rudolf Bonnet, a Dutch painter, has lived in Bali since 1929, met Walter Spies, and then built his house and studio in Campuan. Most of his paintings depict Balinese faces in an expressive, naturalist portrait style. Museum Puri Lukisan, the Painting Palace in Bali, is currently being built based on a design by Bonnet and contains a collection of his paintings and Cokorda Gede Agung Sukawati.

Jose Miguel Covarrubias

Jose Miguel Covarrubias is a painter who lived in Bali in 1933. This Mexican artist paints a lot of rural life in Ubud, Bali. He paints portraits of Balinese women and groups of women who are active in rivers, markets, and rice fields. He shows the culture of Balinese women, who do not wear tops to cover their breasts. The traditional women he painted he documented in his book entitled “Island of Bali”. He also painted many Legong dances, which were also danced by women.

Don Antonio Blanco

Don Antonio Blanco went to Bali in 1952. The painter, born in Manila, Philippines, married a female dancer from Bali named Ni Ronji. The characters in his paintings are sometimes very explicit, showing the bodies of Balinese women. She depicts the everlasting feminine side through an expressive and dreamy romantic painting style. Apart from that, he also paints Bali from the perspective of landscape, environment, love, and pervasive art. He spent his life in Bali and has a museum called Blanco Musium.

Adrien Jean Le Mayeur

Le Mayeur came to Bali in 1932 and settled in Sanur. He married a legong dancer, Ni Nyoman Pollok, whom he often used as a model for his paintings. His paintings are influenced by the Balinese way of life, Balinese Hindu culture, rituals and religious sites in Bali, and local dances. He admired the light, color, and natural beauty around the Island of the Gods. Through naturalist paintings depicted with acrylic paints.

Arie Wilhelmus Smit

Smit visited Bali in 1956 with the Dutch artist Auke Sonnega. He often invites young talents to paint in his studio. People define his painting style as a ‘young artist’ style. In 1994, he opened the Neka Art Museum, which displays his work and that of other contemporary Balinese artists. His paintings have been exhibited in Jakarta, Singapore, Honolulu, and Tokyo. In 2016, a comprehensive monograph appeared with the title “A Painter’s Life in The Tropics”. Apart from the six names of painters above, there are many other foreign artists who spend most of their time in Bali creating works. Starting from there, the name Bali began to stick out when art became one of the tools to attract people to go to the Island of the Gods.

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Ubud Painting Art Village Tour

Ubud Art Village Tour is Ubud Artistry Tour by visiting the most famous  village in Ubud for The Art . This tour will begin with the hotel pickup at 9:00 a.m.

The place that you will be visited during the trip such as Celuk village for gold and silver smith, Mas village for the wood carving , Batuan village which is famous for Balinese style painting art and Batubulan village for hand made Balinese Batik.

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Tohpati  Art Batik

Firts we will visit Tohpati Village to see the processing of Batik painting. Tohpati village is the center of Balinese hand weaving and hand made Batik process. The Batik of Bali provides another venue of showing the artistic excellence of the Balinese people. Originally stimulated by Javanese motifs and dominated by wayang and other mythological characters. Contemporary batik artists have also experienced artistic development that parallels that of paintings.


Celuk Art Village For Gold And Silver

Bali Celuk Village is a traditional village located near to Ubud in the Gianyar Regency . Here where you can appreciate the mountain culture which in many ways is similar to that of the traditional areas of Ubud and the other surrounding villages except for one major factor. So Celuk Village is famous for the incredible gold and silver handicrafts which are available around this area.


Wood Carving At Mas Art Village

Mas village Bali wood carvings / Balinese carvers were for centuries under influence and lead by traditional belief myths and Hindu religion. Since 1920-1930, wood carving was develop quickly in new styles / themes – by influenced by Rudolf Bonnet and Walter Spies. Two men from the West opened the mind and inspiration of Balinese art to include more freedom expression.

Ubud Art Painting

Ubud and Batuan Village are famous Balinese Artwork / Balinese paintings and as such a famous Bali tourism destinations, located 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 – where you’ll see the beautiful paintings and they have Bali paintings for sale too.

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