Shiva Velvet Painting


Check out this AMAZING art

from a talented artist in Ubud, Bali

Artist’s name : Inta

Size : 70cm x 90cm

Inta uses a velvet base instead of canvas which give his paintings a dynamic and almost 3d effect. Very few artists dare to use velvet as it is most unforgiving. Unlike canvas where corrections can be made easily, velvet is the opposite. One mistake with velvet could ruin up to 2 weeks of work.

Inta uses a combination of 12 oil colours sourced from both Japan and locally in Indonesia. He is not a mass producer of work so owning one is quite a privilege. In fact this self-taught painter rarely sells his paintings and will only display a few at a time.

Many of his paintings depict mythological characters in the Balinese Hindu culture.

Back Ground

Shiva (Auspicious One), or Siva, is one of the main Deities of Hinduism. Shiva is one of the most complex gods of Hindu, embodying seemingly contradictory qualities. He is the destroyer and the restorer, the great ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the benevolent herdsman of souls and the wrathful avenger.

Lord Shiva represents the vital goodness in the form of Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram i.e.; Truth, Goodness and Beauty .Lord Shiva performs a celestial role of dissolution and recreation of the universe. The role of Shiva is often confused with the terms destroyer and restorer and the difficulty arises, when the significance of his celestial role is not understood.

The conception is clear itself by a slight balance between the opposing forces of good and evil. When this balance gets disturbed and continuation of life becomes unfeasible, Lord Shiva dissolves the universe. This is known as ” pralay ” and it is done in order to create another cycle .So that the unliberated souls will get another opportunity to liberate themselves from the bondage of the material world. To put succinctly, Siva protects the souls from pain and suffering that is generated by the unhealthy universe.

Lord Shiva is known as the ”giver god”, lord of mercy and kindness. He always protects his devotees from evil forces like lust, greed and anger. He is the most kind -hearted God who grants boons and bestows grace to his devotees.

The crescent moon becomes the part of lord’s ornament symbolizing the time cycle through which creation evolves from the beginning to the end. The three eyes of Lord Shiva suggest: the Sun is his right eye, the Moon is the left eye and fire, the third eye.

The Snake around his neck symbolizes the yogic power, which he uses to dissolve and recreate the universe. The Rudraksha necklace worn by the lord shows that he uses his celestial powers without compromise,to maintain law and order. The trishula (trident), symbolizes the Lord’s three fundamental powers of will (iccha), action (kriya) and knowledge (gyana).The damaru (drum) and its two sides separated from each other symbolizes the two entirely dissimilar states of existence, invisible and evident.

The tiger’s skin makes Lord Shiva’s clothing and his seat, which illustrates the idea that he is the source of potential energy during the dissolution of the universe. Thus, Lord Shiva is well-regarded as the ultimate organizer of the birth and death in the corporeal world.

Thank you for reading about Balinese Hindu culture and we hope that you can enjoy this beautiful art for yourself

Suggestion from the artist: Display paintings with an above spotlight for maximum effect.


Not to scale


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