BETWEEN US: Relationship and Identity in Tibetan Contemporary Art
January 25 – April 22
Guest Curator, Dr. Ariana Maki
Frank Museum of Art
39 S. Vine Street
Featuring work by traditionally trained and internationally recognized Tibetan artists and brothers, Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang (TJ). Working in contemporary modes, they explore emergent identity at the relational edge of tradition and modernity.
PUBLIC ARTISTS TALK & RECEPTION
Thursday, March 16, 2017
6:30p Philomathean Room (talk)
7:30p The Frank Museum of Art (reception)
Tibetan artists Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang (TJ) discuss their artwork, growing up as Tibetans in Nepal, and their personal transitions from traditional Buddhist thangka painting to the world of contemporary art. Introductory remarks by Dr. Ariana Maki.
Tulku Jamyang Gyatso (TJ), born 1977, is a contemporary Tibetan artist residing in his home country of Nepal. He uses the unique medium of incense and rice paper to create Tibetan themed art. Since childhood, TJ was trained in traditional Tibetan art from his father Ugen Dorjee,a renowned thangka painter. TJ was also taught traditional Tibetan calligraphy while living in a Buddhist monastery as a monk. Recognized as a reincarnated Tulku (Tibetan Buddhist master), TJ has unique life experiences of intensive monastic Buddhist training and international travels as a Buddhist teacher. His dedication to spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism is clearly expressed in all of his work. His art is influenced by his brother Tsering Sherpa, a fellow contemporary Tibetan artist. He finds further artistic inspiration from the works of Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, and Gerhard Richter.
Nepali-born artist Ang Tsherin Sherpa discuss with Williams College anthropology and religion professors Tibetan Buddhist culture, art, and imagery.
Tsherin Sherpa was born in 1968 Kathmandu, Nepal. He lives and works in Oakland, California, USA. Sherpa studied traditional Tibetan painting methods under his father, Master Urgen Dorje, a renowned thangka artist from Ngyalam, Tibet. Sherpa has been included in numerous groundbreaking exhibitions around the world including The Scorching Sun of Tibet (2010) in Beijing, Tradition Transformed–Tibetan Artists Respond (2010) at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York and Anonymous (2013) at the Dorsky Museum at SUNY, New Paltz. In 2012 Sherpa had his first solo show, Tibetan Spirit, at Rossi & Rossi, London. He has also completed residencies at the Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Dharamsala International Artists Workshop, and was in 2010 awarded the Himalayan Fellowship by the Rubin Museum of Art that was completed at the Vermont Studio Center.