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I. Ketut Murtika (b.Batuan, Bali 1952 – d.2019)

Classical Balinese Art / Hindu mythology & mysticism

Group: The Batuan Style of Painting
Balinese painting for sale by the artist I. Ketut Murtika from Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

Untitled.
70cm x 50cm. Unframed. Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork by © I. Ketut Murtika of Batuan, Bali.
Photograph by © Ubud High.

A master of colour and one-time pupil of the legendary Rudolf Bonnet, I. Ketut Murtika has remained in high regard among his Batuan contemporaries and art historians. His paintings hang in Ubud's Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) and the Neka Art Museum, and his work has sold widely to galleries and art collectors around the world.

The younger brother of renowned Batuan painter I. Made Tubuh, Murtika carved his own path in the history of the Batuan School of Painting – and his works feature heavily in Klaus D. Hohn's classic book 'Reflections of Faith: The History of Painting in Batuan, 1834-1994'.

Ketut Murtika passed away from cancer in 2019, and has bequeathed his remaining work to his wife.

The Balinese painter I. Ketut Murtika at home in 2016 in Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

The Balinese painter I. Ketut Murtika at his home in 2016 in Batuan, Bali, Indonesia.
Photograph by © Ubud High.

Balinese painting for sale by the artist I. Ketut Murtika from Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

Untitled.
110cm x 80cm. Framed. Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork by © I. Ketut Murtika of Batuan, Bali.
Photograph by © Ubud High.

Balinese painting for sale by the artist I. Ketut Murtika from Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

Untitled.
45cm x 28cm. Unframed. Acrylic on card.
Artwork by © I. Ketut Murtika of Batuan, Bali.
Photograph by © Ubud High.

Balinese painting for sale by the artist I. Ketut Murtika from Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

Untitled.
60cm x 40cm. Acrylic on card.
Artwork by © I. Ketut Murtika of Batuan, Bali.
Photograph by © Ubud High.

Balinese painting for sale by the artist I. Ketut Murtika from Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

Untitled.
80cm x 65cm. Framed. Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork by © I. Ketut Murtika of Batuan, Bali.
Photograph by © Ubud High.

Balinese painting for sale by the artist I. Ketut Murtika from Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

Untitled.
Sold to a private collector.
60cm x 45cm. Framed. Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork by © I. Ketut Murtika of Batuan, Bali.
Photograph by © Ubud High.

Balinese painting for sale by the artist I. Ketut Murtika from Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

Untitled.
80cm x 60cm. Unframed. Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork by © I. Ketut Murtika of Batuan, Bali.
Photograph by © Ubud High.

Balinese painting for sale by the artist I. Ketut Murtika from Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

Untitled.
60cm x 40cm. Unframed. Acrylic on card.
Artwork by © I. Ketut Murtika of Batuan, Bali.
Photograph by © Ubud High.

Enquiries

For enquiries, please contact Agung Raka on +62 (0)812 3942 573 ~ Balinese, Indonesian and English spoken.

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