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Contemporary Asian Artist -Ⅴ
Paubha Painting in Nepal
■Period:02 January, 2011 - 22 March, 2011
■Venue:Asia Gallery B
In its fifth staging, the Contemporary Asian Artist series, which introduces artists in contemporary Asia, explores modern-day Paubha Paintings. Grounded in traditional religious imagery, this style has continued to evolve and today even incorporates such Western influences as shading and oil painting.
Paubha paintings were originally executed by the indigenous Newar people of Nepal to depict Buddhist and Hindu gods and mandalas. They originated around the 11th century and developed a unique style before influencing the formation of the Thangka paintings in Tibet. Today, more than 100 Paubha artists create many works across the three cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.
Each work takes several months to produce because of the detailed workmanship involved. Among the artists' subjects are deities such as Avaloki Tesvara and other Buddhist saints familiar to Japanese viewers, as well as Nepalese representations of Ganesha or the goddess Tara. All are traditional in their basis but varied in their expression, with great differences between artists.
This exhibition reveals the beauty of the Paubha style through 51 paintings by 31 artists.
Deepak Kumar Joshi "Vajrayogini" 2003
Ratna Gopal Sinkhwal, "White Tara" 2009
Udaya Charan Shrestha, "Mahalakshmi" 2005
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