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Painter gives ancient thangka art a contemporary look

By Deng Zhangyu | China Daily | Updated: 2017-07-11 07:20

Painter gives ancient thangka art a contemporary look

Orgyan Chopel, a Living Buddha, gives the sacred art of thangka a modern look by using symbols. In his paintings, Chopel includes poems, which express Buddhist thoughts. [Photo provided to China Daily]

He says simplifying traditional thangka paintings into symbols is "a development of the old art for a contemporary art world".

All the materials and techniques in Chopel's works are those used in traditional thangka paintings, but his works are contemporary.

Wang Chunchen, an art professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, says that research into thangka art was neglected earlier, but it has attracted many scholars, collectors and museums since 2000.

"Chopel is one of those artists who has given a new life to traditional thangka paintings. He translates obscure Buddhism into simplified patterns and makes it more accessible," says Wang.

If you go

11 am-6 pm, through Aug 20. Yilian Art Center, No 2 Xibahe Road, Chaoyang district, Beijing.

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