This painting brings a deeply felt sense of the past. I combined classical Bhutanese painting references and contemporary motifs, capturing the overlapping time periods out of which history itself is made. This painting forms part of a series of paintings taking inspiration from traditional Bhutanese paintings.
Specifically in this artwork, I’ve used five elements-Earth, Water, Fire, and Wind as well as the space elements. Our body is composed of all these five elements and they exist in a harmonious balance that is necessary for us and the planet to stay alive. The five elements serve as powerful guides on how to live in synergy with nature.
Title: Strong Vitality
Medium: Earth colour, colour pigment on canvas
Exhibited In: Healing with Happiness
Price: Price on Request
Artwork Code: HWH92 (I)
Born 1984, From Trashigang
I studied traditional Bhutanese painting from 2001 to 2006 at National Institute of Traditional Arts & Crafts in Thimphu. After graduation, I worked as a thangka artist and as an instructor at Choki Traditional Art School. I moved to Amsterdam in 2010 to study fine art at Gerrit Rietveld Academy. In 2021, I returned to Bhutan and am now working with VAST Bhutan. Since 2010, I have moved away from the traditional thangka painting practice, attempting to merge the gap between sacred and secular, iconic and ordinary, and past history and contemporary. I take inspiration from classical Bhutanese paintings and manipulate their form to create somewhat abstract forms that carry over this sense of basic goodness.