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Tsherin Sherpa’s Contemporary Twist On Tibetan Thangka Paintings

From our friends at Beautiful/Decay, today we bring you paintings by Tsherin Sherpa, who states: “if we […] analyze these Buddhist images, one will find that they are a means to develop a practitioner’s (Buddhist) goal towards enlightenment, which means that the images are not the ultimate goal but rather a vehicle.” This article was written by Russ Crest and originally published on October 2, 2013.

Tsherin Sherpa. UNTITLED, 2010; gouache, acrylic and gold leaf on paper; 30 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist

Tsherin Sherpa. UNTITLED, 2010; gouache, acrylic and gold leaf on paper; 30 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist

Tsherin Sherpa, born in Kathmandu Nepal, originally trained as a traditional Tibetan thangka painter with his father Master Urgen Dorje. From the age of twelve, he underwent six years of intensive training before travelling to Taiwan to study Mandarin and computer science. Since then he has returned to thangka painting but has added a contemporary twist to the traditional paintings leaving behind the traditional confines of the age old practice. His work now mixes the techniques and imagery of thangka with contemporary subject matter.

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