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Prayers

Artist: Salil Bishwa
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Year: 2015
Size: 60 x 45 cm
Number: 0029

Prayer flags are a characteristic element in the everyday life of Bhutan. They are ubiquitous and help people to send their prayers into the world. They hang on cords or on poles until the sun bleaches them or the wind tears them. Salil Bishwa took this up in his work. On the left side, there is a single, already tattered Lungta flag, and on the right side prayer flags hanging on eight pols are fluttering in the wind.

The Artist

Salil Bishwa is a young artist to whom painting was placed in the cradle. He learned how to paint from his father, Sukbir Bishwa, who emerged as one of the first contemporary artists.

So that there is no confusion with their names, Salil signs his paintings with S. Bishwa II. Meanwhile he has developed his own style and received the second prize at an international art competition. In the capital Thimphu he runs his own gallery, where he exhibits also paintings from other artists.

Salil is versatile and well skilled. Besides painting he plays guitar in a rock band in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

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