Spiritual souls – JESUS SHRESTHA – 3.5. – 3.6.2017
Nepal is known for its unique culture and traditional art cult. This is an initial effort to portray “Pauwa art” into contemporary form. Pauwa art is original art form Kathmandu Valley. It was ancient form of art work to remind old myths and religious importance in form of art. These pauwas are modernized by Tibetan artists with finer details which is popular as Thangka art. It contains mostly myths and stories of Buddhist and Hindu religion. This exhibition is an effort to present Nepali culture and religion in form of art. Also it is an introducing mixture of Pauwa art and Thangka art in form of stories.
Thangkas are old traditional paintings which are mounted on textile. In ancient history, these traditional artistic practices maintain the national relation between Tibet and Nepal. Thangkas are mostly intended for personal meditation or instruction of monastic students. Also used for ritual ceremony.
Thangka perform several different functions. Images of deities can be used as teaching tools when depicting the life of the Buddha, describing historical events concerning important Lamas, or retelling myths associated with other deities. Devotional images act as the center piece during ritual ceremony and are often used as mediums through which one can offer prayers or make requests. Overall, and perhaps most importantly, devotional art is used as a meditation tool to help bring one further down the path to enlightenment
The work was done while I was studying in Thangka School at Kathmandu, Nepal on 2008. And when I visited Finland I was thinking to exhibit for my new audience. And here my audience and the reaction will be different, I am pretty sure they will find cool in different ways. And the paintings have certain techniques and formula for each piece. And each painting is for different needs. Such as for peace in home or aura you are surroundings, for power, for protection, for avoiding bad luck and for good luck. Also I put some of my 2010 work which I try to pull the details out of from the source. At last, this exhibition goal is to show the possibilities of new ideas of aesthetic experience of art towards contemporary generations