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The traditional Balinese painting process in motion

The Balinese artist Ketut Sutama at work

Temple ceremony / Balinese-Hinduism / Religion / Traditional life

Ketut Sutama's a fast study. He'd sent me a picture of this latest work – a village temple ceremony – and it was still at the black-and-white Chinese-ink stage, after he'd sketched in the basic composition with a pencil. I figured he'd be at the ink stage for at least another week, so I postponed my visit. Four days later, and he'd already applied the base colour and had begun to work on the highlights.

You can't keep a good artist down...

Traditional Balinese painting process by the Ubud artist Ketut Sutama

The traditional Balinese artist Ketut Sutama at home at work on his latest canvas in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Artwork © 2020 Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

Traditional Balinese painting process by the Ubud artist Ketut Sutama

After a basic outline in pencil, the composition is firmed up with Chinese ink before a base colour-layer is added. Shadows are deepened, and highlights are painted in.
Artwork © 2020 Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

Traditional Balinese painting process by the Ubud artist Ketut Sutama

The next stage as layers are added onto layers – the major highlights are finished.
Artwork © 2020 Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

Traditional Balinese painting process by the Ubud artist Ketut Sutama

After the highlights comes the colour.
Artwork © 2020 Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

Detail of a traditional Balinese painting showing a gamelan orchestra tuning up for a Hindu temple ceremony in Ubud, Bali

After the highlights and colour comes the detail. No temple ceremony would be complete without a masked barong dancer and a gamelan orchestra to liven things up.
Artwork © 2020 Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

Traditional Balinese painting of a 'pedanda' or Balinese-Hindu high-priest, and his helpers who bring offerings of ducks and pigs for a temple ceremony

And of course, the show couldn't even begin to start without a Balinese-Hindu high-priest – a pedanda – and a mangku with his helpers who come bringing offerings of ducks.
Artwork © 2020 Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

A pedanda - a Balinese-Hindu high priest - and his masked barong dancers complete the evening Balinese-Hindu Ubud temple-ceremony scene

The final details are in, and the painting is finished. A pedanda – a Balinese-Hindu high priest – and his masked barong dancers complete the evening temple-ceremony scene.
Artwork © 2020 Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

The finished scene: dusk falls around a traditional Balinese-Hindu temple ceremony in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The finished scene by painter Ketut Sutama: dusk falls around a traditional Balinese-Hindu temple ceremony in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Artwork © 2020 Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

The final touch: traditional Balinese painter Ketut Sutama's signature at the bottom of the painting

The final touch: traditional Balinese painter Ketut Sutama's signature at the bottom of the painting.
Artwork © 2020 Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

How to Paint ~ Balinese Style

Blank canvas to finished artwork: A traditional Balinese painting masterclass

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I. Ketut Sutama (b.Ubud, Bali 1960 –)

Traditional Balinese Art / Balinese life / Traditional markets / Farming

Self-taught
Painting of traditional Balinese life by the artist Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Judul Memanen'. 2016.
100cm x 75cm. Unframed. Acrylic oil on canvas.
© Ketut Sutama, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of traditional Balinese market life by the artist Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Judul Upacara'. 2003.
90cm x 70cm. Unframed. Acrylic oil on canvas.
© Ketut Sutama, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of traditional Balinese market life by the artist Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Judul Pasar Tradisi'. 2014.
100cm x 75cm. Unframed. Acrylic oil on canvas.
© Ketut Sutama, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of traditional Balinese farming life by the artist Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Memotong Padi'. 2014.
75cm x 100cm. Unframed. Acrylic oil on canvas.
© Ketut Sutama, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of traditional Balinese life by the artist Ketut Sutama, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Judul Motong Padi'. 2005.
65cm x 45cm. Framed. Acrylic oil on canvas.
© Ketut Sutama, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of traditional Balinese life by the artist Ketut Sutama, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Judul Motong Padi' (Detail). 2005.
65cm x 45cm. Framed. Acrylic oil on canvas.
© Ketut Sutama, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of traditional Balinese life by the artist Ketut Sutama, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Untitled. 2010.
Framed. Acrylic oil on canvas.
© Ketut Sutama, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of traditional Balinese life by the artist Ketut Sutama, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Untitled (Detail). 2010.
Framed. Acrylic oil on canvas.
© Ketut Sutama, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of traditional Balinese life by the artist Ketut Sutama, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Untitled. 2004.
Framed. Acrylic oil on canvas.
© Ketut Sutama, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of traditional Balinese life by the artist Ketut Sutama, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Untitled (Detail of hand-carved wooden frame). 2004.
Framed. Acrylic oil on canvas.
© Ketut Sutama, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of traditional Balinese life by the artist Ketut Sutama, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Memotong Padi Tradisi'. 2014.
65cm x 50cm. Framed. Acrylic oil on canvas.
© Ketut Sutama, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of traditional Balinese life by the artist Ketut Sutama, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Memotong Padi Tradisi' (Close-up of frame). 2014.
65cm x 50cm. Framed. Acrylic oil on canvas.
© Ketut Sutama, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of traditional Balinese life by the artist Ketut Sutama, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Judul Upacara'. 2008.
70cm x 50cm. Unframed. Acrylic oil on canvas.
© Ketut Sutama, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of traditional Balinese life by the artist Ketut Sutama, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Judul Upacara' (Detail). 2008.
70cm x 50cm. Unframed. Acrylic oil on canvas.
© Ketut Sutama, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Enquiries

For enquiries, please contact Pak Kadek – Ketut Sutama's son – on +62 (0)812 3656 716 ~ Balinese, Indonesian and English spoken.

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