Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Tashi Mannox

Tashi Mannox my No 1 son is currently exhibiting calligraphies as part of Himalaya Film and Cultural Festival. Other works of his can be seen on his Blog.

Illuminated Iconographic Tibetan Calligraphy.
Acrylic paint on heavy water colour paper, 57x76cm 2007

This painting shows three rare blue lotus flowers representing the ‘past, present and future’ the passing of time.

This illuminated calligraphy translates as ‘Transformation’, the script style is called Dru tsha; a cursive script traditionally used for free style Tibetan calligraphy.
‘Transformation’ is made up of two words in Tibetan, the first word sprul meaning emanate, incarnate, manifest. The second bsgyur meaning change, transform.

The particular technique used here is brushed in a resist leaving the natural colour of the paper.

In Eastern iconography, the lotus flower is often symbolic of purity and is considered an example of transformation, feeding from the composting mud at the bottom of a lake or pond, transforming into the most pure and glorious of flowers, standing proud high above the water surface, un-splashed by the (Samsaric) bustle of pond life.

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