Meanwhile in Gianyar regency developed art tradition with different styles. They painted wayang style, demons and magical figures taken from old Bali folklore and Hindu legends.
Later they used modern technique and material for coloring. This in part, because of suggestions from some expatriate artists who visited and lived around Ubud village at the beginning of the twentieth century.
They introduced modern materials, such as canvas, ink, acrylic, water color, etc. More important was the introduction and inspiration given to the Balinese to paint not just mythological themes, but also everyday lives and scenery. These ideas then influenced some Ubud painters to experiment with new styles of painting. It's resulted to what some people called Ubud style of painting.
But we'll not just find one style of painting in Ubud area. The styles are maybe as many as the number of villages scattered around Ubud. There are Pengosekan styles from Pengosekan Village, which is well known for their paintings of birds and trees. This one of some Pengosekan painting styles became popular for hotels, offices, and homes, not just in Bali and Indonesia, but also abroad.
In Penestanan village developed painting style known as Young Artist. This naive and colorful painting encouraged by Arie Smith, a Dutch artist who live in Bali. Young Artist painters utilized unusual color for their objects, such as red for the sea, blue for human skin, yellow for the sky, etc.
There is Batuan style, from the artist village of Batuan, which generally have darker type of images compared to Ubud paintings. The quality and charm of this Batuan painting style is well recognized. Mural painting in a sport center in Japan is featuring giant painting tens of meters wide, which was painted a few years ago by Batuan artist I Wayan Bendi. Visit home of other painter of Batuan village, I Made Budi, and we'll see one letter from Ronald Reagan, former US president.
Other painting center with it's unique style in Ubud vicinity, is Banjar Tebesaya of Peliatan Village. Here we'll find great names of Balinese painters, one of them is Ida Bagus Made Poleng, who is known by every Balinese art lovers as a quite tough and eccentric person who never want to sell his paintings to galleries, until his departure.
In Ubud we'll find as well modern and academic paintings, which are increasing in quantity and quality. To find this type of art, visit art galleries and museums around Ubud.
For art lovers, Ubud and the villages around it is a natural as well as surrealist beauty.