Buddhism was introduced to Tibet in the seventh century, and since that time Tibetan Buddhist sacred art has grown and flourished. The Tibetan word ?thangka? refers to a work done on cloth and set in a silk or cotton frame. In this small exhibit, MOA is pleased to present several works by Kalsang Dawa, a master practitioner in the Thangka style.
Kalsang Dawa began his artistic training at the age of 14, with a three-year apprenticeship in traditional Tibetan art in Lhasa, Tibet. Later, he studied Thangka painting at the Library of Works and Archives in Dharamasala, India.
Since completing his training in 1994, Kalsang Dawa has continued to work as a professional Thangka artist. He is one of very few artists who follow the intensely time-consuming methods and rituals of traditional Thangka painting.
Since immigrating to Canada in 1998, Kalsang Dawa has exhibited his paintings at many venues, including the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, and delivers talks and
workshops in Vancouver and across North America. His Thangka paintings are commissioned by monasteries and private collectors in India, Europe, Japan, Canada, and the United States.