Shakti by Udaya Charan Shrestha

This work by Nepal’s contemporary religious master artist Udaya Charan Shrestha is named Shakti, meaning ‘the power of the universe’ in Sanskrit. It depicts the goddess Mahalaxmi, one of the eight mother goddesses, or Asta Matrika, of the Kathmandu Valley. She is depicted as the principle deity and the other seven goddesses, Sapta Matrika, can be seen below her in the triangles. This painting is in the permanent collection of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan. This stunning piece highlights Udaya’s groundbreaking style through its intricate detail, contemporary sensuality and creative originality.

This original thangka, or paubha in Nepal, is painted in the traditional manner with a twist. Rather than paint with ground mineral pigments, Udaya paints primarily with oil paint on primed cotton canvas. He is a master of detail as can be seen in the incredible jewelry, ornaments and beautiful face. A painting of this size and complexity will take many months to compose, sketch and complete.

As the original painting is in the Fukuoka Museum, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a smaller Collector's Edition 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 quality used by top museums worldwide.

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

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

If you have questions, please email Mahakala@MahakalaFineArts.com for more information.



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