Batuan Village: Balinese Painter Community

Batuan village 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 traditional painting style, dancing, wood panel carving. The local artist here have like a small community where they will work and sale their painting for the visitor who are interest to visit their village.

Batuan Village wasn’t influenced by the western as they were in Ubud.

The Batuan paintings were often dark, crowded representations of either legendary scenes or themes from daily life, freakish animal monsters, and witches accosted people. The Batuan Village paintings were gradations of black to white ink washes laid over most of the surface, so as to create an atmosphere of darkness and gloom.

In the later years, the designs covered the entire space, which often contributed to the crowded nature of these Balinese paintings.

The Batuan Village artisans are known for their Balinese Artwork. Leading artists of the 1930s members of leading Brahman families, including Ida Bagus Made Togog, I Dewa Nyoman Mura (1877-1950) and I Dewa Putu Kebes (1874-1962), which were traditional Wayang-style Balinese painters for temples’ ceremonial textiles.

History Of Batuan Village

For over a thousand years Batuan has been a village of Balinese Artwork and Bali handicrafts. Batuan village has a thousand year old history in accordance with the recorded history – begins in A.D. 1022, with an inscription that is housed in the main village temple, Pura Desa Batuan/Batuan Village Temple.

In the Age of Warmadewa Dynasty in Bali, Desa Batuan / Batuan Village had to be there. Batuan eventually came to be called Batuan, from the word of Batu / Rock, because – in that time – in this region is a rocky area (the famous Balinese sand stones are still produced here in northern of Batuan), then because of daily changes in the pronunciation then more popularly known as Batuan Village.

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