The Jacques Marchais Museum is pleased to announce a special exhibition Tsering Phuntsok: The Art of Thangka which will be on view beginning this Saturday, November 14th and run through December 20, 2015. On December 6th, there will be a special event with the Artist.

BJones and TserringMost traditional Tibetan paintings fall into two categories, thangka and murals Thangka are scroll paintings on cloth, usually sewn into a stronger fabric to enhance safety and stability. They derive from ancient Indian paintings on cloth called pata. Thangka are easily portable, store-able paintings that have been created in the Himalayas for centuries. Very often thangka are created within a religious context to create visual supports for Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhism. Thangka can depict Buddhist deities, their palaces (mandalas) and pure lands, and narratives that explore Buddhist principles and teachings. Thangka are traditionally consecrated through inscriptions on the back of the painted cloth section. The most basic inscription involves the Sanskrit “om ah hum” placed at the head, throat and heart of the painting’s main deity.

Tsering Phuntsok is a third generation thangkapainter and he learned the traditional art of painting from his father, Jampa Kalsang. Tsering has created custom artwork for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s residence and the Kalachakra Temple in Dharamsala, India, and he has produced manythangka paintings for both government and private collectors. Most recently his work has been exhibited in the Tibet Festival 2015 exhibit at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Please join us for a special event with the artist onSunday, December 6th from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.

Exhibitions at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art are funded, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and with additional support from City Councilmember Steven Matteo and Councilmember Debi Rose.