In Tibetan"Thangka" means recorded message, it is a scroll painting which can be explored like a map through visual symbols and colours.
Thangka painting is a unique form of spiritual art which has been practiced and preserved in the Himalayas for over a thousand years. Its origins lie in Indian buddhist art, over the centuries it has gained great influence from Nepalese, Chinese, Kashmiri and persian art, becoming its own style by the 7th century. ’’Thangka’’ in Tibetan means recorded message, it is a scroll painting which can be explored like a map through visual symbols and colours, leading towards spiritual insight into the dreamlike nature of all experience and reality. It is the responsibility of the artist to keep this map accurate.
The blueprint drawings of the deities are based on sacred measurement recorded in ancient scriptures at the time of great spiritual masters recieving visions. Keeping to this tradition the artists who create these spiritual paintings act as a medium for the deities to find their appearance in this world to benefit sentient beings.
The "Menri" style of tibetan painting was founded by the artist Manthangpa Manla Dondrub in the late 15th century. "Menri" in tibetan means Medicine Mountain and is one of the oldest forms of thangka from which Tibetan painting has originally evolved. Vivid and vibrant colors, attention to detail while remaining spacious and simple, are characteristic of the classical "Menri" style.
Louis paints with Natural Stone Colors , the basic colors used in Thangka Painting are obtained from semi precious crystals, minerals and plant materials. The defining outlines are painted with 24 K Gold. The artist grinds the material to a fine powder and mixing it with hide glue and water to create the paint. The natural substances are well known for there healing properties and power.
Azurite is known for its stunning blue color. Azurite features deep contrasting shades of blue, which comes from its fusion with Malachite, a closely related green mineral. In crystal healing, Azurite is powerful when it comes to enhancing creativity and inner wisdom.
Thangka paintings act as a support for meditation for anyone wishing to practice visualising a buddha, it is said that even to look upon such an image will place a positive imprint within ones mind resulting in future happiness. In Tibet the Lamas and monks would roll up the painting and travel from village to village, teaching them the meanings of the deities and mandalas, complimenting the buddha dharma philosophy.
To commision a Thangka Painting please feel free to contact Louis for further information.