Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Balinese Traditional Painting

Balinese traditional painting are have something deferent with another traditional paintings in Indonesia, likes Cirebon, Irian or sumatran. The most of Balinese traditional painting based on stories from Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata as well as Balinese and Javanese folklore. one of the Bali traditional painting is Kamasan style, these early paintings, packed with amazing two dimensional, stylised characters, were often use to decorate shrines and pavilions during religious ceremonies. The bodies are mostly shown in full-frontal position while the faces are in three-quarter profile. In early times Balinese artists are work with traditional colour pigments, a colour pigments come from nature. The predominant colours are yellow (from ochre), red (from Chinese cinabar), Brown (red oxide clay mixed with soot) and blue (indigo leaves). Black is made from charcoal or soot, white comes from the shes of burnt deer antlers or animal bones. this style of painting is still practised today at the villige of Kamasan, Klungkung. Until arrival in Bali in the late 1920s of artists of Walter Spies (1895-1942) and Rudolf Bonnet (1895-1978),Balinese painting had been locked into rigidly stylised, traditional subject matter that had remained virtually unchanged for centuries. But with the stimulation created by their arrival, a new school of painting emerged, called Ubud style. While the European artists did not formally teachthe Balinese painters, they encouraged them to paint a broaders themes,scenes from everyday life, and through their influence new materials came into use, no longer were the works produced exclusively for religious or ceremonial purposes. During this period, the Balinese painters started to take note of geometric perspective , anatomy,and light and shadow. Although the subject matter and style had changed, the fresh, innovative paintings by artists such as Nyoman lesug, Dewa Putu Bedil and Anak Aguang Gede Sobrat still showed their unique Balinese exuberance. During this times the artists in the nearby Batuan continued working in a more classical style, largely unaffected by outside change. Many of the sombre and mysterious works by Ida Bagus Togog and Ida Bagus Wija take their inspiration from ancient fables and legends, often with a supernatural overtones. Everyday life is also recurrent subject. An amusing painting by Wayan Bendi features a liberal sprinkling of camera-toting tourists eagerly pointing their lenses at stunned water buffaloes and patient, graceful Balinese trying to go about their daily work. Balinese paintings are unique style..........

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