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I Nyoman Tulus

I Nyoman Tulus
I Nyoman Tulus (1941 – Tebasaya, Gianyar, Bali) is a self-taught artists who first started painting in 1954. His idyllic landscape scenes with figures show strong Western influences in the use of depth, perspective, light, and shadow. These are elements which he saw in the paintings of Walter Spies (German, 1895-1942). Exhibitions: “Walter Spies and Balinese Art” (Holland, Denpasar, Jakarta, Indonesia, 1995), Indonesia – Japan Friendship Festival (Morioka, Tokyo, 1997).
  Title : Villagers
  Artist : I Nyoman Tulus
  Media : Acrylic on paper
  Size : 56 x 76 cm
  Year : 1994
Some Western aesthetic concepts of landscape painting as interpreted through Balinese eyes are evident in the use of perspective. In this lush and peaceful paradise, people live in harmony with nature and each other. Village walls and gateways recede into the distance, and a tower (center) with pair of kulkul. (signal logs) blends into the landscape. Some typical Balinese village activities shown include fetching water from a spring or river, drinking tuak (palm beer), and caring for a fighting cock. Beneath a holy tree (lower left) is a small shrine with offerings to its resident nature spirits.