A traditional Bhutanese art, originated from the Tibetan legends, tells us the philosophical connotations on the six symbols of longevity. It is said that a place exists where harmony and beauty thrives, a place where everyone longs to be. The mountain rises in abundance with water flowing down where a benevolent old man lives. He sits under an old tree with ripened fruits and luscious green grass which has been nourished by the river water flowing from the mountains. Under the old man’s protection, the tree and land gives food and shelter in abundance to the birds, beasts and mankind.
The six essence of longevity illustrated by the rock (stability), tree (growth), water (nourishment), crane (freedom), deer (harmony) and old man (survival).
When humanity learns to protect, it shall, therefore, be protected.
Title: Tshering Duker
Dimension: 178×122 cm
Concept By: Asha Kama
Group Work: Asha Kama and VAST Bhutan
Price: Not for Sale
About the Artist
I first encountered western art when I was a young boy studying in one of the first exclusive public schools in Thimphu. Leaving my conventional English school I spent several years as an apprentice studying the religious and mythological art of Bhutan at the National Fine Art Centre. After that I joined the Royal Government as an illustrator/ designer for the Development Support Communications Division. I produced and developed communication artwork to enhance development programs of the Royal Government. In 1991 I won a scholarship from the British Government to study at the Kent Institute of Art and Design, Maidstone, University of Kent in England. I graduated with a first class Honours Degree in Communications Media (Design Pathway) in 1994. I continued working for the government and took an early retirement in 1997 to paint and founded VAST Bhutan with two other artists. Till date we have tutored more than 10000 young people ranging from delinquents, high school students to out- of- school youth. I have acquired a wide range of experience in both styles and methods which can be instrumental in combining the rigorous and structured traditional style with more easily flowing /expressive form of contemporary art. This helps me to mature in a direction that I am comfortable with and uniquely my own. Bhutanese subjects and Buddhist iconography are my main themes with a combination of modern and traditional techniques, as I have an enduring fascination for textures,movements and many symbols in the Bhutanese culture. I have been exploring this aspect ranging from temple walls to spiritual horses that we see on prayer flags. As the torch-bearer of contemporary art in Bhutan, I am fully engaged in dedicating myself to the issue of Bhutanese contemporary art and helping the youth of Bhutan. With full support and dedication from my students and fellow artists we would like to take Bhutanese art to new heights without compromising our age-old traditional art.
Born 1958, from Punakha
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