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Meeting Gusti Nyoman Lempad in Puri Lukisan Museum

This is Ubud’s first museum: Puri Lukisan Museum is located right at the heart of Ubud centre and is a beautiful place inside a wonderful garden. It has a rich collection of the Balinese art. The real gem is the work of Gusti Nyoman Lempad. He was born in the second half of the 1800s in a village in Bali. Being a multi talented person he becomes a master in painting, wooden carving, architecture and other forms of art. As he meets the Western painting he starts using black ink on paper. His works include various stories inspired by the ancient legends of Ramayana and Mahabharata, they include both humour and eroticism. He never finishes his work 100 % as he consciously says no work is totally accomplished. When you pay attention all the details on his paintings you realise how rich they are: human beings, gods, half human half gods, animals, earth and other worlds, stories of boundless imagination beyond the rational human minds understanding.