KATHMANDU: The colours used by an artist in a painting create both an impression and expression of the painting. The choice of colour surely makes a huge difference in a painting. Such a difference is discovered in the thangka and pauva paintings being showcased at ‘Exhibition 2009 of Nepalese Buddhism and Hinduism Art Painting’ by the artist Sudarshan Suwal at Summit Hotel.
Contrary to prevailing practice of using artificial colours, Suwal has used natural pigments made from stones, mudra shankha (conch shell), rose, gold and haakha (soot) for his paintings. So, the shining crystals of stone are the essence of the paintings. Besides these, he has also made use of some powder colours.
Thangkas basically deal with religious aspects and the thangkas at the exhibition also encompass different aspects of Buddhism and Hinduism. Most of
the paintings showcase various forms of Buddha in different postures and gestures, while a few portray some of the Hindu gods and goddesses.
The artist has abided by certain rules to be followed while painting thangkas. Some of the thangkas are imitations of those painted in 13th and 17th century, while in some, he has slightly changed the drawings. Red is lavishly used in the paintings as it is considered a godly colour in Buddhism and Hinduism.
Saptalochan Tara is a painting in which the Goddess with white complexion, as suggested by her name, has eyes one on each palm, foot and forehead making a total of seven. The Goddess is sitting on a huge lotus while some small red and blue lotuses surrounds her.
Asta Sidda, her eight followers are worshipping her sitting in different caves in front of her.
Green hills and mountain stand in the back while Bailochan Buddha sits on the top of it all.
Pointing to a painting titled Amitabha Buddha, Suwal said, “We have to follow certain norms while painting thangkas. It is compulsory that Amitabha Buddha always be in red no matter who paints it,” adding that however one can make slight changes in minor aspects of the paintings.
The exhibition is on till November 30.