Avalokitesvara by Mukti Singh Thapa

This beautiful artwork by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. He guards the world in the time between the historical Shakyamuni Buddha and the future Buddha, Maitreya. Avalokitesvara vowed that he would would not rest until he had liberated all beings from suffering, and his mantra is the universal 'Om Mani Padme Hum' that is chanted throughout the Himalayas. This unique black and white piece, painted during his black and white period from 2005 - 2007, displays Thapa's expert use of traditional iconography and his artistic creativity as he adapts a traditional subject into a groundbreaking design.

This original thangka, or paubha in Nepal, was painted in the traditional manner with handmade blank ink on primed white canvas. There is no white 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 white canvas taking prominence. This method takes considerable concentration, and a painting of this size and complexity will take several months to compose and complete.

The original painting is available to add to your collection. Additionally, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition fine art print so that you can collect this museum quality work of art. This piece is limited to 100 prints and can only be found at Mahakala Fine Arts. It is printed on thick archival paper in the same professional quality used by top museums worldwide and looks remarkably similar to the original.

With your 68 cm (27 inch) fine art print you will receive an authentication card, numbered and signed by the artist in English and Nepali script, as well as an artist biography.

Mahakala Fine Arts donates a portion of all print sales to social programs in the Himalaya. Please join us!

If you are interested in the original painting, please email Mahakala@MahakalaFineArts.com. Please note that the price ($999,999) on the website is just a placeholder. We will share the price on request as well as more information about this stunning painting.



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