Batuan and Lodtunduh (Painting Village)
Paintings of Bali have experienced remarkable evolution. Traditionally another means of expressing religous and mythological ideas, paintings of Bali have been subjected to a number of influences, including deep interaction with Western painters who came and lived in Bali.
Instead of religous or mythical characters of wayang, contemporary paintings present nature, daily lives of Balinese, or even tourists. The shaeds of coal gray that dominates traditional paintings are now accompanied by vibrant play of color capturing Jalak Bali or Gungun Agung in the morning sun. The Raja of Ubud was known for his fondness of arts and paintings, and his openness to foreigners.
Ubud became the center of arts, welcoming into its heart renowned artists such as Bonnet, Spies, Blanco, Snel, et. many of whom came and never could leave Bali. Fabolous museums of paintings such as the Muji Family, Semar Kuning, and dewa Putu Toris have in their permanent collections some of the best paintings ever produced by Balinese or foreigners who found their physical and artistic home in Bali.