A collection of short stories, essays, blog-posts and photographs from Ubud, Bali.

« Bali 'Art Attack « Traditional and Modern Balinese Paintings at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, Bali

Ubud's ARMA – the Agung Rai Museum of Art – is home to over 200 modern and traditional works of art that paint Bali's story in ways you've only dreamed of.

File under 'Rare Left Field'.

Take a leisurely stroll around the grounds after you've drunk your fill of the art – numerous mature trees and a rare litter-free environment make for a leafy, cool afternoon's walk. And you'll notice, as you begin to saunter rather than march, that Ubud can be that little oasis of calm you've always pitched in your mind's eye.

Give yourself a break – let your eyes do the walking.

Ubud High wishes to extend its thanks to Bapak Agung Rai for permission to photograph and display ARMA's works of art at ubudhigh.com.

These paintings are not for sale.

I Wayan Asta

b. Taman, Ubud, 1955 –

'The Forest Scene' c.1995
Tigers, deer, monkeys and rabbits roam in the traditional Balinese painting 'The Forest Scene' by I. Wayan Asta of Taman, Ubud, Bali

'The Forest Scene' at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by I Wayan Asta.
Fierce tigers, a lost lizard, grazing deer, relaxed rabbits and mischevious monkeys make up an atypical, dreamlike jungle scene.
Courtesy of the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Tigers, deer, monkeys and rabbits roam in the traditional Balinese painting 'The Forest Scene' by I. Wayan Asta of Taman, Ubud, Bali

These dudes mean serious business. Tigers corner a lizard in Wayan Asta's 'The Forest Scene'.
Courtesy of the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Monkeys swoop and tease the tigers in the traditional Balinese painting 'The Forest Scene' by I. Wayan Asta of Taman, Ubud, Bali

Monkeys swoop and tease the tiger gang in Wayan Asta's 'The Forest Scene'.
Like many of his contemporaries, Asta began his career painting scenes from Balinese life and Hindu mythology before touching on his mother-subject: monkeys. Later works show a mischevious sense of humour at play, with his furry friends playing basketball and shooting pool.
Courtesy of the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Wayan Turun

b. Tebesaya, Peliatan, 1935 – d.1986

'Arjuna Wiwaha' 1974
Balinese painting by I Wayan Turun of Lord Arjuna and Dewi Supraba as they are escorted to heaven by angels

'Arjuna Wiwaha' at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by I Wayan Turun of Tebesaya, Peliatan, Bali.
After killing Natakwaca, Lord Arjuna the archer sits side-by-side with Dewi Supraba as they are escorted to heaven by angels.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Balinese painting by I Wayan Turun of Lord Arjuna sitting with Dewi Supraba in their divine sedan as they are escorted to heaven by angels

Detail: 'Arjuna Wiwaha' by I Wayan Turun. Lord Arjuna sits side-by-side with Dewi Supraba in their divine sedan as they are escorted to heaven by angels.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

'Arjuna Wiwaha' by I Wayan Turun. An angel escorts Lord Arjuna and Dewi Supraba to heaven

Detail: 'Arjuna Wiwaha' by I Wayan Turun. An angel escorts Lord Arjuna and Dewi Supraba to heaven.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Ketut Kasta

b. Peliatan, Ubud, 1945 –

'The Barong Dance' c.1993
A masked monkey-man teases the barong while a young devotee stabs at himself with a kris while in a trance

'The Barong Dance' by I Ketut Kasta.
A masked monkey-man teases the barong while a young devotee stabs at himself with a kris while in a trance.
Courtesy of the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

A masked monkey-man teases the barong while a young devotee stabs at himself with a kris while in a trance

Detail: 'The Barong Dance' by I Ketut Kasta.
Courtesy of the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Dewa Putu Mokoh

b. Pengosekan, Ubud, c.1935 – d. 2010

'The Butterflies'
Balinese painting of 'The Butterflies' by I. Dewa Putu Mokoh of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'The Butterflies' at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by I. Dewa Putu Mokoh.
Courtesy of the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Balinese painting of 'The Butterflies' by I. Dewa Putu Mokoh of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'The Butterflies' by I. Dewa Putu Mokoh.
Courtesy of the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Mangku I Gusti Made Baret

b. Pengosekan, Ubud, 1920 – d.2012

'Dewi Saraswati', Balinese-Hindu Goddess of Knowledge and The Arts
Painting of Dewi Saraswati, the Balinese-Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning by Mangku I. Gusti Made Baret

'Dewi Saraswati' – the Balinese-Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning – by Mangku I. Gusti Made Baret.
Courtesy of the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of Dewi Saraswati, the Balinese-Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning by Mangku I. Gusti Made Baret

Detail: 'Dewi Saraswati', the Balinese-Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning.
Courtesy of the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of Dewi Saraswati, the Balinese-Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning by Mangku I. Gusti Made Baret

Detail: 'Dewi Saraswati', the Balinese-Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning.
Courtesy of the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Made Tubuh

b. Batuan, Bali, 1941 –

'Sexual Hell'
Traditional Balinese painting of 'Sexual Hell' by I Made Tubuh from Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

'Sexual Hell' at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by I Made Tubuh of Batuan, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Traditional Balinese painting of 'Sexual Hell' by I Made Tubuh from Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'Sexual Hell' by I Made Tubuh of Batuan, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Traditional Balinese painting of 'Sexual Hell' by I Made Tubuh from Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'Sexual Hell' by I Made Tubuh of Batuan, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Traditional Balinese painting of 'Sexual Hell' by I Made Tubuh from Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'Sexual Hell' by I Made Tubuh of Batuan, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Bali.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Wayan Bendi

b. Batuan, Bali, 1950 –

'The Island of Bali'
Painting of 'The Island of Bali' by I Wayan Bendi of Batuan, at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali

'The Island of Bali' by the Batuan artist I Wayan Bendi of Batuan, Bali, Indonesia.
West and East meet, jar and swiftly part ways in this wry, dry contemporary take on Themepark Bali.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Surfers and surfboards in the painting 'The Island of Bali' by I Wayan Bendi of Batuan, at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali

Surfers and surfboards in 'The Island of Bali' by I Wayan Bendi of Batuan, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Detail: 'The Island of Bali' by I Wayan Bendi of Batuan, Bali, Indonesia, at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali

Detail: 'The Island of Bali' at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud by I Wayan Bendi of Batuan, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Detail: 'The Island of Bali' by I Wayan Bendi of Batuan, Bali, Indonesia, at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali

Detail: 'The Island of Bali' by I Wayan Bendi of Batuan, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Wayan Kaler

b. Penestanan, Ubud, 1960 –

'Ayung River Landscape' c.1990
Tourists and the Hindu faithful vie for space in the painting 'Ayung River Landscape' by Balinese artist I Wayan Kaler of Penestanan, Ubud, Bali

Tourists and the Hindu faithful vie for space in the painting 'Ayung River Landscape' by Balinese artist I Wayan Kaler of Penestanan, Ubud, Bali.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Balinese Hindus pray while tourists enjoy rafting adventures on the nearby Ayung River in 'Ayung River Landscape' by the Balinese artist I Wayan Kaler of Ubud, Bali

Balinese Hindus conduct a temple ceremony as tourists enjoy rafting adventures on the nearby Ayung River in 'Ayung River Landscape' by the Balinese artist I Wayan Kaler of Ubud, Bali.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Dewa Nyoman Sugi

b. Pengosekan, Mas, 1970 –

'Circle of Life'
The painting 'Circle of Life' at the ARMA Art Gallery by the Balinese artist I Dewa Nyoman Sugi of Mas, Bali, Indonesia

'Circle of Life' at the ARMA Art Gallery by the Balinese artist I Dewa Nyoman Sugi of Mas, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

The painting 'Circle of Life' at the ARMA Art Gallery by the Balinese artist I Dewa Nyoman Sugi of Mas, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'Circle of Life' at the ARMA Art Gallery by the Balinese artist I Dewa Nyoman Sugi of Mas, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

The painting 'Circle of Life' at the ARMA Art Gallery by the Balinese artist I Dewa Nyoman Sugi of Mas, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'Circle of Life' at the ARMA Art Gallery by the Balinese artist I Dewa Nyoman Sugi of Mas, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

The painting 'Circle of Life' at the ARMA Art Gallery by the Balinese artist I Dewa Nyoman Sugi of Mas, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'Circle of Life' at the ARMA Art Gallery by the Balinese artist I Dewa Nyoman Sugi of Mas, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Ketut Liyer

b. Pengosekan, Ubud, c.1924 – d. 2016

'The Ten Directions' c.1970
The painting of 'The Ten Directions' by the Balinese painter I Ketut Liyer of 'Eat, Pray, Love' fame at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The painting of 'The Ten Directions' by the Balinese artist I Ketut Liyer of 'Eat, Pray, Love' fame at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of 'The Ten Directions' by the Balinese artist I Ketut Liyer of 'Eat, Pray, Love' fame at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'The Ten Directions' by the Balinese painter I Ketut Liyer of 'Eat, Pray, Love' fame at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, Bali.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Nyoman Kayun

b. Peliatan, Ubud, 1948 –

'Temple Festival With Barong Performance' c.1980
Temple Festival With Barong Performance by the Balinese artist I Nyoman Kayun

'Temple Festival With Barong Performance' at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by the Balinese artist I Nyoman Kayun.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Temple Festival With Barong Performance by the Balinese artist I Nyoman Kayun

Detail: 'Temple Festival With Barong Performance' by I Nyoman Kayun of Peliatan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Temple Festival With Barong Performance by the Balinese artist I Nyoman Kayun

Detail: 'Temple Festival With Barong Performance' by I Nyoman Kayun.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Anak Agung Gede Raka Turas

b. Padangtegal, Ubud, 1917 – d. 1992

'Durma And The Hermit' c.1960
Durma And The Hermit by the Balinese artist Anak Agung Gede Raka Turas of Padangtegal, Ubud, Bali

'Durma And The Hermit' at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by the Balinese artist Anak Agung Gede Raka Turas of Padangtegal, Ubud, Bali.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Durma And The Hermit by the Balinese artist Anak Agung Gede Raka Turas of Padangtegal, Ubud, Bali

Detail: 'Durma And The Hermit' by Anak Agung Gede Raka Turas of Padangtegal, Ubud, Bali.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Gusti Made Kwandji

b. Peliatan, Ubud, 1936 – d. 2013

The story of 'Rajapala' and the divine naked nymphs
The painting 'Rajapala' by the Balinese artist I Gusti Made Kwandji at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The painting 'Rajapala' by the Balinese artist I Gusti Made Kwandji at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
The often-painted tale of the hunter Rajapala who comes across the secret bathing place of heavenly nymphs – cheekily stealing the sarong of Ken Sulasih and thereby condemning her to a mortal life on earth.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

The painting 'Rajapala' by the Balinese artist I Gusti Made Kwandji at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'Rajapala' by the Balinese artist I Gusti Made Kwandji at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

The painting 'Rajapala' by the Balinese artist I Gusti Made Kwandji at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'Rajapala' by the Balinese artist I Gusti Made Kwandji at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Ida Bagus Nyoman Rai

b. Anggarkasih, Sanur, Bali, 1915 – d. 1998

The tale of 'Rajapala' the hunter and his heavenly bathing maidens
The painting 'Rajapala' in black-and-white at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud by the Balinese artist Ida Bagus Nyoman Rai of Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

The painting 'Rajapala' in black-and-white at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud by the Balinese artist Ida Bagus Nyoman Rai of Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

The painting 'Rajapala' in black-and-white at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud by the Balinese artist Ida Bagus Nyoman Rai of Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: The painting 'Rajapala' in black-and-white at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud by the Balinese artist Ida Bagus Nyoman Rai of Sanur, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Nyoman Meja

b. Ubud, 1950 –

'Children's Kecak Dance' c.1990
Traditional Balinese painting of a Children's Kecak Dance by I Nyoman Meja of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Children's Kecak Dance' at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by I Nyoman Meja of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Traditional Balinese painting of a Children's Kecak Dance by I Nyoman Meja of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'Children's Kecak Dance' by I Nyoman Meja of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Dewa Putu Sugi

b. Pengosekan, Mas, 1931 –

'Pounding Rice' c.1980
Pounding Rice by the Balinese artist I Dewa Putu Sugi of Pengosekan, Mas, Bali

'Pounding Rice' at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by the Balinese artist I Dewa Putu Sugi of Pengosekan, Mas, Bali.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Pounding Rice by the Balinese artist I Dewa Putu Sugi of Pengosekan, Mas, Bali

'Pounding Rice' by the Balinese artist I Dewa Putu Sugi of Pengosekan, Mas, Bali.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Dewa Wayan Kandel

b. Batuan, Bali, 1926 –

'Subali and Sugriwa' c.1960s
Painting of the monkey-brothers 'Subali and Sugriwa' fighting for the hand of Dewi Tara whom they both wish to marry, at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud

The tale of the monkey-brothers 'Subali and Sugriwa' fighting for the hand of Dewi Tara whom they both wish to marry. By I Dewa Wayan Kandel of Batuan, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of the monkey-brothers 'Subali and Sugriwa' fighting for the hand of Dewi Tara whom they both wish to marry, at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud

Detail: The monkeys 'Subali and Sugriwa' fighting over Dewi Tara at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, by the Balinese artist I Dewa Wayan Kandel of Batuan, Bali.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of the monkey-brothers 'Subali and Sugriwa' fighting for the hand of Dewi Tara whom they both wish to marry, at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud

Detail: 'Subali and Sugriwa' at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, by the Balinese artist I Dewa Wayan Kandel of Batuan, Bali.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Nyoman Londo

b. Penestanan, Ubud, 1948 –

Untitled
Painting by the Balinese artist I Nyoman Londo who was a pupil of Dutch artist Arie Smit's Young Artisst School of Painting

I Nyoman Londo was a pupil of Dutch artist Arie Smit's 'Young Artists School of Painting'. Arie Smit was a Dutch soldier who stayed on in Bali after the Second World War, and who encouraged young children in Penestanan to paint. Smit was one of a long line of homosexual painters who took up residence on Bali – known locally as 'The Group', it included artists such as Walter Spies, Rudolf Bonnet and Donald Friend.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting by the Balinese artist I Nyoman Londo who was a pupil of Dutch artist Arie Smit's Young Artists School of Painting

A typically over-colourful, naive painting by I Nyoman Londo – pupil of Dutch artist Ari Smit and 'The Young Artists School of Painting' on Bali.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Ketut Tagen

b. Penestanan, Ubud, 1946 –

'Sabung Ayam' (Cock-fighting) 1990
'Sabung Ayam' (Cock-fighting) by the Balinese painter I Ketut Tagen of 'The Young Artists School of Painting', Penestanan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Sabung Ayam' (Cock-fighting) by the Balinese painter I Ketut Tagen – another young pupil snatched from the cradle by Dutch artist Arie Smit to form his stable of 'Young Artists' in Penestanan, Ubud.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

'Sabung Ayam' (Cock-fighting) by the Balinese painter I Ketut Tagen of 'The Young Artists School of Painting', Penestanan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Sabung Ayam' (Cock-fighting) by the Balinese painter I Ketut Tagen of 'The Young Artists School of Painting', Penestanan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Ketut Regig

b. Tebesaya, Peliatan, Bali, 1919 – d. 2002

'The Frog Dance'
The painting 'The Frog Dance' in the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by the Balinese artist I Ketut Regig of Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia

The painting 'The Frog Dance' in the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by the Balinese artist I Ketut Regig of Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

The painting 'The Frog Dance' in the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by the Balinese artist I Ketut Regig of Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'The Frog Dance' in the ARMA Art Gallery by the Balinese artist I Ketut Regig of Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Ketut Regig

b. Tebesaya, Peliatan, Bali, 1919 – d. 2002

'The Frog and the Owl'
The painting 'The Frog and the Owl' in the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by the Balinese artist I Ketut Regig of Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia

The painting 'The Frog and the Owl' in the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by the Balinese artist I Ketut Regig of Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

The painting 'The Frog and the Owl' in the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by the Balinese artist I Ketut Regig of Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'The Frog and the Owl' in the ARMA Art Gallery by the Balinese artist I Ketut Regig of Peliatan, Bali.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Ketut Regig

b. Tebesaya, Peliatan, Bali, 1919 – d. 2002

'The Frog Fishermen'
The painting 'The Frog Fishermen' in the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by the Balinese artist I Ketut Regig of Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia

The painting 'The Frog Fishermen' in the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by the Balinese artist I Ketut Regig of Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

The painting 'The Frog Fishermen' in the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by the Balinese artist I Ketut Regig of Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'The Frog Fishermen' in the ARMA Art Gallery by the Balinese artist I Ketut Regig of Peliatan, Bali.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Ketut Budiana

b. Padangtegal, Ubud, 1950 –

'The Dance Of The Witches' c. 1986
A night scene where leyak, or sorcerers, perform a ritual dance attended by the Queen of the Witches

'The Dance Of The Witches' at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by I Ketut Budiana of Padangtegal, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
A night scene where leyak – sorcerers – perform a ritual dance attended by the Queen of the Witches (right).
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

A night scene where leyak, or sorcerers, perform a ritual dance attended by the Queen of the Witches

Detail: 'The Dance Of The Witches' by I Ketut Budiana of Ubud.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Nyoman Meja

b. Ubud, 1950 –

'Harvesting Rice' c. 1990
Male and female farmers harvest rice in an Ubud paddy field in a painting by Nyoman Meja of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Male and female farmers harvest rice with special knives called ani-ani by the Balinese painter Nyoman Meja of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Male and female farmers harvest rice in an Ubud paddy field in a painting by Nyoman Meja of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'Harvesting Rice' at the ARMA Art Gallery by Nyoman Meja of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Ketut Kasta

b. Peliatan, Ubud, 1945 –

Untitled
Gold-painted couple by the Balinese artist Ketut Kasta of Ubud, Bali in the ARMA art gallery

An untitled painting by the Balinese artist I Ketut Kasta of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Gold-painted couple by the Balinese artist Ketut Kasta of Ubud, Bali in the ARMA art gallery

Detail: Untitled painting by the Balinese artist I Ketut Kasta of Ubud, Bali.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Ketut Djodjol

b. Tebesaya, Bali 1940 – d. 1965

'Arya Dancers Preparing for a Performance' c.1960
The painting 'Arya Dancers Preparing for a Performance' by the Balinese artist Ketut Djodjol of Tebesaya, Bali at The ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud

'Arya Dancers Preparing for a Performance' at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud, by the Balinese painter I Ketut Djodjol of Tebesaya, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

The painting 'Arya Dancers Preparing for a Performance' by the Balinese artist Ketut Djodjol of Tebesaya, Bali at The ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud

Detail: 'Arya Dancers Preparing for a Performance' by the Balinese painter I Ketut Djodjol of Tebesaya, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Dewa Putu Mokoh

b. Pengosekan, Ubud, c.1935 – d. 2010

'Belajar Berenang' (Learning to Swim) c.1996
'Belajar Berenang' (Learning to Swim) by the Balinese painter I Dewa Putu Mokoh at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

'Belajar Berenang' (Learning to Swim) by the Balinese painter I Dewa Putu Mokoh at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

'Belajar Berenang' (Learning to Swim) by the Balinese painter I Dewa Putu Mokoh at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Detail: 'Belajar Berenang' (Learning to Swim) by the Balinese painter I Dewa Putu Mokoh at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

I Wayan Pendet

b. Peliatan, Ubud, 1936 –

'The Naked Elephant'
Painting of 'The Naked Elephant' by the Balinese artist I Wayan Pendet of Peliatan, Ubud, Bali at the ARMA Art Gallery

Painting of 'The Naked Elephant' by the Balinese artist I Wayan Pendet of Peliatan, Ubud, Bali at the ARMA Art Gallery.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of 'The Naked Elephant' by the Balinese artist I Wayan Pendet of Peliatan, Ubud, Bali at the ARMA Art Gallery

Detail of 'The Naked Elephant' by the Balinese artist I Wayan Pendet of Peliatan, Bali at the ARMA Art Gallery, Ubud.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Ida Bagus Made Pugug

b. Ketewel, Bali, 1919 – d. 2006

'Ngaben' (Cremation Ceremony)
Painting of a 'Ngaben' (Cremation Ceremony) by the Balinese artist Ida Bagus Made Pugug of Ketewel, Bali, Indonesia at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud

Painting of a 'Ngaben' (Cremation Ceremony) by the Balinese artist Ida Bagus Made Pugug of Ketewel, Bali at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

Painting of a 'Ngaben' (Cremation Ceremony) by the Balinese artist Ida Bagus Made Pugug of Ketewel, Bali, Indonesia at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud

Detail: 'Ngaben' (Cremation Ceremony) by the Balinese artist Ida Bagus Made Pugug of Ketewel, Bali at the ARMA Art Gallery in Ubud.
Courtesy of the ARMA Foundation.
Photograph by Ubud High.

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The Ubud Handbook by John Storey

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The Ubud Handbook

The Ubud Handbook

THE UBUD HANDBOOK ~ Your guide to living in Ubud and Bali in a nutshell.

Chapters & Extracts

The Ubud Handbook will be published as a paperback, iBook and e-book on November 11, 2020.

Feel free to enjoy 12 of the 42 chapters. Have fun, and keep reading.


Culture Bites

Cinema Paradiso


Religion Matters

An American Calonarang

The Tale of Ganesha the Globetrotter (Excerpt)


Getting Around

It's Silly Season Again

The Other Side of the Coin

Surviving Bali on a 'Bike


Personal Stories

Diary of a Market Girl


Food Talk

The King of Stink


Tourism & Self-Enrichment

Eat, Pray, Self-Love

The Land of Self-Healing and Snake Oil

From Ubud With Love


Holidays from the Jungle

The Heads of Trunyan

A Line in the Sand (Excerpt)


The Ubud Handbook

THE UBUD HANDBOOK ~ Your guide to living in Ubud and Bali in a nutshell.

THE UBUD HANDBOOK ~ Your guide to living in Ubud and Bali in a nutshell

And finally, the weather

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