The Indonesian island of Bali has many attractions for the visitor, such as lovely beaches, a balmy climate, historical monuments, and a laidback, hospitable culture. The unique and distinctive culture of the Balinese is another highlight which will draw the interest of the visitor. In the island, you will find a diverse and captivating array of art forms, including sculpture, painting, handicrafts, woodcarving and the performing arts.
Balinese art is enthralling and complex, demonstrating great creativity and sophistication. Different locations in Bali have developed their own distinctive artistic motifs which are of great interest for the art connoisseur. Many of these works feature a multitude of stylized clusters of foliage, which suggest an impression of perspective and texture.
A number of different schools of painting may be identified within Bali. The area of Ubud is often identified as featuring one of the most distinctive styles of local painting. This area has in fact been known as a hub for local art for centuries, serving the local temples and nobility. Ubud paintings often feature human forms as well as the use of open spaces.
On the other hand, the school of Sanur painting tends to focus on erotic tableaus with animals also often featured. These paintings are airy and light, with elements like ocean creatures and vibrant scenery presented in repetitive designs and patterns. Meanwhile, the school of Batuan painting is considered remarkable for its use of patterns and subdued colours. Balinese woodcarving is another highlight with its use of expressive force, and the development of a dialogue between the sculptor and the medium, such as wood.
No visit to the island would be complete without sampling the dances of Bali. Many of the dances depict scenes from Hindu sagas like the Ramayana, albeit with distinct local influences. Many of the dances and other festivities are accompanied by the distinctive gamelan, the Balinese orchestral percussion music. These fascinating cultural elements contribute to the unique ambience of this magical island.
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