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Monk with Prayer Flags

Artist: Sukbir Bishwa
Medium: Pastel colours on Bhutanese paper (framed)
Year: 2015
Size: 38 x 74 cm (visible), 42 x 78 cm (with frame)
Number: 0034

This painting is the only one of the series where the artist didn’t draw on a cream coloured paper. This time he preferred a black background. Perhaps it symbolises the night, in which a single monk on the way back to his monastery passes through an array of prayer flags. His steps appear to be more determined than those of the monks on the other pictures.

The Artist

The Bishwas are a family of artists. Sukbir is well known in Bhutan. He is one of the very first contemporary painters.

Many years ago, he gave up a secure job in the administration and became an artist. He himself says that he is art addicted and would prefer to paint from dawn to dusk. But his gallery, one of the first in Bhutan, also requires his presence.

He also introduced his son, Salil Bishwa, to modern art and taught him how to paint. In order to avoid confusion, Sukbir signs his paintings with S. Bishwa I.


Other Works of Art by Sukbir Bishwa

Walking Monks
Monks with Chorten
Sitting Monks
Chorten with Prayer Flags

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