Ardhanarishvara by Mukti Singh Thapa

This captivating original artwork by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is named Ardhanarishvara. Ardhanarishvara is a composite androgynous form of the Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati. It represents the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies of the universe and illustrates how Parvati, the female principle of God, is inseparable from (or the same as, according to some interpretations) Shiva, the male principle of God. The union of these principles is exalted as the root and womb of all creation.

This inventive piece, painted during Mukti's black and white period from 2005 - 2007, displays the artist's mastery of the 13th - 16th century Newar Design style through its precise lines, original composition, and use of traditional iconography while also demonstrating his creativity. The whimsical creatures surrounding the central figure a wonderful creations by the artist.

This original thangka, or paubha in Nepal, was painted in the traditional manner with handmade blank ink on primed cotton canvas. There is no other pigment used, meaning that even one small slip of the brush will force the artist to destroy the entire work. Additionally, in only painting with black ink, Mukti is painting the negative space with the plain canvas taking prominence. This method takes considerable concentration, and a painting of this size and complexity will take many weeks to compose and complete.

This original painting is available for the discerning collector. If you are interested, please email Mahakala@MahakalaFineArts.com for pricing and more information.



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