The painting is inspired by the wrathful manifestation of Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. The fierce appearance of the mask represents skillful means. And the portrait of the woman represents wisdom. The union of wisdom and skill is important to attain enlightenment. The wrathful forms are intended to be terrifying, but they represent the transformation of anger into wisdom. So the face/ portrait represents a being who has transformed his/her negative energy into a positive one.
Title: The Benevolent Gaze Of A Wrathful Entity
Dimension: 176×255 cm
About the Artist
The concept of our work is directly inspired by Vajrayana Buddhism, Shamanism and the tangible and intangible culture of Bhutan. (The tangible cultural aspects like paintings, sculptures and temples. Intangible culture like knowledge, wisdom and skills.) We try to convey these concepts through the use of traditional icons and symbols, combined with realistic or semi-realistic human portraits. Humans symbolise the innate warrior spirit that we all possess. By recognizing the basic goodness or the awakened nature of our ordinary mind, we become warriors to battle our psychological and physical obstacles in our mundane lives.
The style of our work is a fusion of figurative/ portrait with spiritual symbols and colorful abstract background. The use of different colors also represents the psychedelic trance of meditation and visualisation. We are inspired by Bhutanese traditional art but we paint in western contemporary style. We mostly use oil and acrylic on cotton canvas. We are fascinated by the wisdom and skills that Buddhism uses to teach how to understand the nature of mind, the concept of non duality, relative truth and ultimate truth, etc. One way or the other we try to convey the messages symbolically even though confused beings like us can only understand it intellectually.
Artists we venerate are Leonardo da vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Gustave Klimt, Edgar Maxence, Jean Delville, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Bouguereau, Claude Monet, Hokusai and Yoshitoshi for their technical skills and their idealistic movement in art.
Before we adopted this concept and style of painting a few years ago, we did realism pop art, book illustrations and a few landscape paintings for commercial and private commissions.
Born 1988, from Sarpang
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