I Ketut Wirtawan Stays to Maintain Batuan Style

I Ketut Wirtawan Stays to Maintain Batuan Style

Times may change, appearance may look different. However, for painting business, it remains the same as in the past, namely the paintings like the Batuan style. “Since childhood up to now, I still paint in Batuan style. This art heritage is very unique and has a level of complexity. So naturally, many people favor the

Times may change, appearance may look different. However, for painting business, it remains the same as in the past, namely the paintings like the Batuan style. “Since childhood up to now, I still paint in Batuan style. This art heritage is very unique and has a level of complexity. So naturally, many people favor the painting style such as local people, tourists and collectors,” he said.

This is the principle owned by the artist named I Ketut Wirtawan. Other than being one of the successors of Gambuh typical drama of Batuan village, Sukawati subdistrict, Gianyar, he also still actively scratches on canvas or paper. This is not a routine activity, but painting has become his hobby. Thus, he feels there is something less when he is not yet able to paint.

This man of Gianyar born on July 23, 1969 has painted since the age of 4 years. The themes featured are mostly on puppet and daily life of Balinese people. The media he uses are canvas as well as paper, but in small size. Painting on canvas is not the same. There is a size of 100 x 70 cm, 180 x 120 cm, 70 x 50 cm and 45 x 35 cm. “I just painted them. If anyone buys, it is okay. Otherwise, it does not matter,” he said innocently.

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                                                                                Ketut Wirtawan

This father of Ni Wayan Nreta Luhur and Ni Made Swastidewi does not have any special time for painting. He used to paint amid his dance class for tourists or the local community. Understandably, he is the heir of Kakul Mas Dance Studio of Batuan village that always shares the art knowledge with others. “I have no special time for painting, but it can be every day as painting has become a hobby since childhood,” he explained.

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In marketing affairs, explained Wirtawan, he has roamed around the world to various countries through dancing activities. He claimed to have no definite market because it is not the main purpose. “Many paintings are bought by tourists who are learning to dance in this studio. There are also people ordering the painting or the paintings are sold in exhibition,” he said.

He once participated in an exhibition at Arma Museum, Puri Lukisan Museum, Museum of Rock Art and Art shop of Sahadewa Batuan. There were also overseas exhibitions such as in Japan (1998), but he only sent the painting works. “Sometimes I do not have more time to paint. I also used to make masks to dance, such as the hard mask, old mask, Arsa Wijaya mask, bondres mask and Sidhakarya mask,” he explained.

According to him, during his childhood he was very creative. After leaving school instead of going straight to home, he was saw people drawing. Understandably, Batuan village residents are also known as painters with the Batuan style. He then learned to draw at home. Incidentally his father (I Ketut Kantor) could also draw other than dancing. He got inspiration from his father’s painting. “I once stole a picture of my father to be emulated. Thankfully, he was not angry, he even supported me,” recalled Wirtawan. (BTN/015)



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