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This powerful book is filled with images encapsulating the physical and spiritual worlds of the most extraordinary island culture in the world.
The spiritual and cultural beliefs of Bali are embodied in 140 extraordinary mandalas — hypnotic focal points for drawing the observer deeply into himself, to a perspective from which the multiplicity of nature and our place in it reveal themselves.
“With the influx of foreign visitors to Bali in the 1980s, Batuan remained one of the few artists to resist the temptation to pander to the tourist trade. Instead, he continued painting mandalas. For those with eyes to see, his paintings embodied the beliefs of the island, and were in themselves — as are all true mandalas — hypnotic focal points for drawing the observer deeply inward, to a perspective from which the multiplicity of nature and our place in it reveal themselves.”
– From the Introduction by Lawrence Blair
(author/filmmaker, Ring of Fire)
What people say
“Mandalas are the inspiration for integrated paintings where religion, art, and culture meet; works that flow into the invention of a personal style that has turned Dewa Nyoman Batuan into an artist who has discovered his identity.”
– Pande Wayan Suteja Neka, Founder of Neka Art Museum, Ubud, Bali
“This book is a reflection of the impressively advanced mental and emotive capacity of Dewa Nyoman Batuan, who, following a lifetime of experience in the art world, has contributed a vision to uplift the image and dignity of the art of painting.”
– Agung Rai, Founder of the Agung Rai Museum of Art, Ubud, Bali
Dewa Nyoman Batuan, an internationally known artist whose work has been collected by both Queen Elizabeth and Ronald Reagan, continues to produce a seemingly endless symphony of mandalas in Pengosaken, Ubud, Bali.