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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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Tritone black-and-white print conversions of Ketut Sutama's traditional colour paintings work for sale

Bali 'Art Attack / Traditional Balinese painters / I. Ketut Sutama of Kutuh Kaja, Ubud

Balinese Hinduism / Ceremonies, harvests, markets and traditional Balinese life

The first in a series of colour paintings converted to black-and-white tritones – by the traditional Balinese artist I. Ketut Sutama of Kutuh Kaja, Ubud, Bali.

Traditional colour painting of rice fields, farmers and Balinese village life, by Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Traditional 'Ubud Style' Balinese painting of rice fields, farmers and Balinese village life, by I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
150 x 100cm, acrylic on canvas.
Artwork © 2020 I. Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

Traditional colour painting of rice fields, farmers and Balinese village life by the artist I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Black-and-white tritone version of a traditional colour painting of rice fields, farmers and Balinese village life by the artist I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Original 150x100 cm acrylic colour painting on canvas.
Artwork © 2020 I. Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

Traditional black-and-white painting of an evening upacara, or Balinese-Hindu ceremony, by I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Traditional-style Balinese painting of an evening upacara – a Balinese-Hindu ceremony – by I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Original 90cm x 70cm painting in colour. Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork © 2003 I. Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

Traditional black-and-white painting of an evening upacara, or Balinese-Hindu ceremony, by I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Full painting of the evening Balinese-Hindu ceremony by the artist I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Original 90cm x 70cm painting in colour. Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork © 2003 I. Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

Traditional Balinese painting of farmers harvesting rice in Ubud padi fields by I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Traditional Balinese painting of farmers harvesting rice in Ubud padi fields by the artist I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Original 100cm x 75cm artwork in colour. Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork © 2016 I. Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

The process of converting a colour painting into a black-and-white tritone

The process of converting a colour painting into a black-and-white tritone photographic print.
Original 100cm x 75cm painting in colour. Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork © 2016 I. Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

'Adat Desa' (Traditional Village Life) – a black-and-white Balinese painting of a traditional Balinese village by the painter I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Adat Desa' (Traditional Village Life) – a black-and-white Balinese painting of a traditional Balinese village by the painter I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Original 100cm x 75cm painting in colour. Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork © 2016 I. Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

'Memotong Padi Tradisi' (A Traditional Rice Harvest) – a traditional black-and-white Balinese painting of rice-harvesting in Ubud by the painter I. Ketut Sutama of Bali, Indonesia

'Memotong Padi Tradisi' (A Traditional Rice Harvest) – a traditional black-and-white Balinese painting of rice-harvesting in Ubud by the painter I. Ketut Sutama of Bali, Indonesia.
Original 65cm x 50cm painting in colour. Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork © 2014 I. Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

Motong Padi (Harvesting Rice) &ndash' a black-and-white Balinese painting of a traditional rice harvest in Ubud padi fields by the artist I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Motong Padi (Harvesting Rice) &ndash' a black-and-white Balinese painting of a traditional rice harvest in Ubud padi fields by the artist I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Original 65cm x 45cm painting in colour. Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork © 2005 I. Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

Traditional black-and-white painting of a night-time upacara, or Balinese-Hindu ceremony, by I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Traditional-style Balinese painting of a night-time upacara – a Balinese-Hindu ceremony – by the artist I. Ketut Sutama of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Original 90cm x 70cm painting in colour. Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork © 2020 I. Ketut Sutama.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

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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