Pema Namdol Thaye: Exhibition Asian Art Museum
Born in 1967 of Tibetan-Bhutanese heritage, Pema Namdol was a child prodigy who intuitively recognized his path in life. Parallel to his academic studies, at age thirteen, he began his artistic training under a master of an impeccable artistic lineage, his own uncle, Lama Tsarak Gonpo Tenzing Rinpoche. Today, only a handful of living artists can claim his depth of knowledge of this 1,200-year-old heritage, with its elaborate geometry, symbolism, and iconography. Continue to read the full biography.
Pema Namdol Thaye currently has an exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Franciso that resulted from a meeting with Buddhist teacher Sam Bercholz and learning of his experience of a nightmarish near-death experience which occurred after an accident.
Pema Namdol drew on his training in traditional Tibetan arts to translate these descriptions into a series of vibrant acrylic paintings, of which more than twenty are on view in this exhibition entitled "Guided Tour of Hell", April 20 - September 16, 2018. The artworks encourage us to contemplate suffering in order to inspire us toward greater good in life. To this end, the final painting in the series, Samsara, reminds us that hell is only one of six possible destinations on the karmic wheel of life. Slideshow of 4 paintings.
Don't miss this: Golden Buddha Temple Mandala designed by Pema Namdol as a contemporary six-story sanctuary and guest house. (scroll down the page.