Invocation of Buddha is a large painting which fuses contemporary painting methods, including the use of acrylics and canvas, with traditional Tibetan thangka painting. The central figure is Shakyamuni Buddha, the historical Buddha, with his two attendants. The background is painted with impressionistic and abstract use of colors, especially deep blues and greens, giving a feeling of universal space. Below the Buddha is a gorgeous dragon with pearls of wisdom floating in the sky around him. Mythically, dragons guard the pearl of wisdom. The Dragon is holding an offering bowl with a vase, and a minuscule Buddha. To the Buddha’s right is an intricately detailed mandala of the four continents and Mount Meru, and to the left is an assemblage of the eight precious symbols, including a dharma wheel, two fish, an endless knot, and conch shell. A Tibetan umbrella provides shelter from above, while celestial beings and wisdom goddesses pay homage to the Buddha. The small flowers and mountains floating in the sky are references to Karma’s current home in Australia. Dorjes, or vajras, which are a tribute to Tibetan Buddhism, sparkle like stars in the night sky.
Faith Stone: "This is one of the most beautiful paintings that I have ever seen. When I first saw it at the University of Colorado in 2006, I froze in my tracks. There was such a feeling of old and new coming together. Karma maintains the traditional thigse, or graph proportions of the Buddha conveying a sense of reverence. He fuses traditional Tibetan painting techniques with the contemporary art techniques of paint pens and the use of acrylics on canvas. The feeling of spaciousness, and the beauty and delicacy of the painting, drew me into a deep contemplative state. Invocation of Buddha not only inspired me artistically, but also gave me an experience of an astral meditative state."
Title: Invocation of Buddha
Artist: Karma Phuntsok
• Canvas Giclée Print: These are ready-to-hang, made on artist-grade canvas that is hand-stretched on a .75" inch deep, sustainable, non-warping wood frame.
• Fine Art Card: Made to order using a linen embossed card stock paper.
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• 8x10" Fine Art Card
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Karma Phuntsok is a pioneer of Tibetan contemporary art and one of the few Tibetan artists who directly experienced the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959. After escaping to India, Karma studied traditional Tibetan thangka painting for several years. In the 1970's, he began to explore new techniques and materials, interweaving modern with traditional symbols. Karma's paintings are now held in public and private collections around the world. As one of today's most influential artists, Karma has also paved the way for others, both Tibetan and non-Tibetan, seeking new ways to combine traditional Tibetan iconography with contemporary work.
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Feb 12, 2021
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Aug 15, 2020
These fine art cards are beautifully printed, and shipping is very fast! Thank you for making this incredible art accessible.