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The first week of December, we will exhibit 22 original, highest quality Thangkas by five artists from Tibet and Qinghai Province in China. In Buddhism, a Thangka is a painted or embroidered banner which was hung in a monastery or a family altar and carried by lamas in ceremonial processions. The literal translation of the Tibetan word THANG KA means 'recorded message', as the Thangkas communicate a message to the practitioner, used for teaching and and meditation through the visualisation of the deity. It is a medium through which the Buddhist philosophy can be explained.
Our main objective for this exhibition is to, through the ancient Buddhist teachings, bring all people together in peace and harmony despite their religious believes, nationalities and backgrounds in order to celebrate the quality and beauty of Asian art today.
MOGE Gallery is a Shanghai-based art gallery which exhibits contemporary Chinese art worldwide. MOGE, which is supported by its parent company MIE Groups, is involved with international cultural exchanges between China and other countries. The gallery is focused on international collaboration and promotion of excellence in Asian art globally.
Gabriel Fine Art which was established in 2014, is a London-based art gallery situated near the Thames, next door to Lambeth Palace and opposite the Palace of Westminster. in the Victorian Old Paradise Yard, an area frequented by William Blake. The gallery hosts art events, and displays collectable artworks all year round. The gallery aims to promote unification within our modern-day society.
Born in 1968, the Tibetan artist Xiawu Dongzhi’s love for painting came from his artistic family. At the age of 11, Xiawu started learning Thangka art from a local master. What’s more, he also combined the skills from other schools in his particular understanding of Thangka painting skills and processes, including preparation of pigment, composition and his handling of of facial expressions in order to perfect his own. Owing to his great painting skill Xiawu has become a widely acknowledged “Thangka Master”.
Born in 1986, Niangji Xian grew up in a family of Thankga artists in Qinghai, which is also the home of Regong art. His family were the personal Thangka artists of the former Rinpoches. Their Thangka artworks are still being collected by various temples. The artist has also helped with the creation of a number of Thangka with local masters.
Born in 1987 Xiawu Caidan’s birthplace is the home of Tibetan Thangka art. Xiawu started learning Thangka art when he was a child, and is skilled at the painting of pigment Thangka, gold Thankga, red Thangka, and black Thangka.
Xiawu Zhouxian is a member of Qinghai Thangka Artists Association. He gained his painting knowledge and skills from local masters, and went on to develop his own technique of lines, composition and color matching. He has become a widely acknowledged master in this field.
Born in 1989, Wuxiu Me was selected as the Tibetan Young Artist of Excellence. She learned Tibetan embroidery from embroidery masters as a child and is now highly skilled in this field.
Exhibition: 1st-6th December 2015
At Gabriel Fine Art, 20 Carlisle Lane, SE1 7LG
Private Show: Wed 2nd Dec 6-10pm
With a special performance by Luca Stradivari, the last descendant of the famous violin maker
Art Auction: 5th December at Shengyuan Group Estate Development, 35 Millharbour, Canary Wharf, London, E14 9TX , from 4-7pm.
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