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Prayer Wheels

Artist: Asha Kama
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Year: 2016
Size: 91 x 91 cm
Number: 0004

Prayer wheels are ubiquitous in Bhutan. They are found not only in monasteries, but also in public places or in hotels. Each prayer wheel includes in its interior hundreds of prayer flags on which, similar to the outside of the mills, prayers are written. These prayers help people when they are sent into the world by turning the wheels. In this artwork, Asha Kama plays in a unique way with shapes and contours. In the lower part of the dissolving prayer wheels believers are stylized.

The Artist

Asha Kama, also known as Kama Wangdi, is the contemporary painter par-excellence in Bhutan. He is the artist who made modern painting known and popular in his country.

His style influenced and still shapes the next generation of contemporary artists in Bhutan. His works adorn halls of hotels and public buildings. He participated in a number of exhibitions in various countries around the world. Rightly Asha Kama has received many awards.

In 1998 he founded the association VAST (Voluntary Artists’ Studio Thimphu) together with two colleagues, where young people can get inspired with modern painting. For this outstanding commitment, Asha Kama was awarded the gold medal in 2010 by the Vth King of Bhutan.

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