Thangka Paintings are traditional and religious art originated from Tibet.
Cotton canvas is used to represent different deities with or without manifestation by using mineral color pigment, stones color, gold etc.
The life of Buddha portrayed in most of the Thangka Paintings is divided into the twelve stages of the Buddha's Life Story. These twelve steps are known as the Twelve Enlightening Deeds Of The Buddha. The inclination towards the enlightenment process is the main concept of the Twelve Great Deeds.
The Deed of promise
The first deed is about the promise of Gautam Buddha to descend on the earth. Before Buddha was born as Shakyamuni, he is believed to be .
The actual origin of the Thangka paintings has been a subject of confusion. Some stories claim that Thangka originated from Tibet, some claim that they have been originated from Nepal, while some claim from India.
Is it Nepal?
Though Thangka painting is believed to be painted in Tibet at first the real origin is from Nepal. It is because during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo in 6th century he invited artists from Nepal to paint the .
Almost every object depicted in a thangka required outlining or linear detail. Outlining proper (bead) served to set off most objects from their surroundings, and it was used to demarcate the main subdivisions within them. Tibetan painters also used line drawings to develop the form or texture inside a given area, for instance within a swirling mass of flames or within the hair of a deity.
Furthermore, fine linear drawings were the main way of .
Pema is a Thangka artist from Bhutan. He has been paintingThangkas and Mandalas for 15 years. He paints for a living.
Below is the short interview with Pema about his life and path to the Thangka Art.
Pema is from Bhutan. He is married and has a family. He does paintings for a living and to provide for his family. He is living in Thimphu Bhutan with his family.
Pema's Academic qualification
After Higher Secondary education he .
Thangka and Mandalapainting process
Thangka painting process is very difficult and time-consuming. To sketch the figures in a Thangka and mandala, the artist must be an expert in the measurements and proportions of different deities. There are thousands of different deities in Tibetan Buddhism.
Generating a pure motive
Foundation line drawing
Mixing the paint
Painting brush making
Redrawing and shading
Shading and final painting
Opening the eye of .
We offer our clients the option of purchasing a thangka mounted in the traditional brocaded way or, for those who wish a frame of their own choosing, unmounted/unframed thangkas.
The silk fabric protects the edges of the Thangka, and also makes it easier to hang. A thin silk cover protects the painting when rolled, and may be gathered up to display the painting when hung on the wall. It is generally thought that silk brocade .
A completed thangka, however beautiful or impressive, never tells the full story of the complex process artists to undergo to create such a divine image.
We have compiled this list of Twelve steps involved in producing a traditional Thangka sacred painting to help you appreciate your new thangka.
Although certain elements of thangka painting have changed since artists began painting in exile, much of traditional styles and techniques have been painstakingly retained.
We hope the following will .