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The Dynamic Heritage – Batuan Paintings

An Exhibition of 12 Batuan Artists at Griya Santrian Gallery Through February 28, 2018
Griya Art Gallery at the Griya Santrian - a Beach Resort and Spa presents “The Dynamic Heritage – Batuan Paintings”.

The exhibition showcases the creative achievements of 12 Batuan painters born between in the last four decades of the last century.


Batuan is home to a distinctive school of Balinese painting, easily recognizable by its large circle of admirers. Located just 10 kilometers south of Ubud, Batuan paintings tend to be dark and crowded with figures involved in daily life, mythology, demons or, in more recent times, Bali tourism. Both themes and mediums used in Batuan paintings have evolved over the past 100 years, maintaining their position as a leading style of Balinese art.


Often rendered in black and white with shades of gray, there is a distinctive aura of gloom and darkness to the paintings of Batuan, standing in stark contrast to the explosively colorful painting traditions found in surrounding artistic communities.

The 12 Batuan artists exhibiting at the Griya Art Gallery demonstrate their diverse approach to art – both on thematic and artistic levels within the recognizable confines of “Batuan style.


Using the shared vernacular of the Batuan School of painting, these 12 artists present works in the current exhibition related to nature, politics and daily lives in modern Bali.

“I hope the collaboration of these Batuan artists from various generations can bring a more intense dialogue about creative ideas and thoughts,” said Ida Bagus Gede Sidharta Putra, owner of Griya Art Gallery and general manager of Griya Santrian. Adding: ”This exhibition will show the public that traditional painting art is not a rigid and final achievement. This tradition must be continually learned, explored, and developed into various dynamic possibilities.“


The artists participating in “The Dynamic Heritage” exhibition are: Wayan Budiarta, Pande Dwi Arta, Wayan Aris Sarmanta, Gede Widiantara, Wayan Eka Suamba, Dewa Virayuga Made Kariana, Made Griyawan, Nyoman Sudirga, Wayan Diana, Made Sujendra and Ketut Sadia.

The Dynamic Heritage
A Joint Exhibition of 12 Artists from Batuan, Bali
Griya Santrian Art Gallery
Sanur, Bali

Through February 28, 2018
Open Daily from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm

For more information, Email Griya Santrian Art Gallery or telephone +62-(0361) 288 181
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