ONAMATAPEA (2006), TIM JOHNSON, KARMA PHUNSTOK, BRENDAN SMITH, SYDNEY, SYNTHETIC POLYMER PAINT ON CANVAS, 183.0 X 61.5CM (EACH PANEL) , GIFT OF THE ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA CONTEMPORARY COLLECTORS 2006; WHITE TARA, EASTERN TIBET, MID-18TH CENTURY, WOOD, LACQUER, GOLD LEAF, SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES, 88.9 CM (H), ELIZABETH AND TOM HUNTER FUND 1994 – TAASA Review December 2013
Beside these works are contemporary photographs, prints and paintings, which portray Australian artistsâ€™ engagement with the Himalayan region, together with artists of the Tibetan diaspora living in the west, who negotiate their place and identity within Tibetâ€™s rich and formalised artistic legacy.
As Gonkar Gyatso (b.
1961, Lhasa), the â€˜transnationalâ€™ artist and founder of the Contemporary Tibetan Art Gallery, Sweet Tea House, has stated, his artistic project is â€˜modernising the visual culture of Tibetan Buddhismâ€™ (Masters 2010: 24). The title of the display was inspired by the Indian poet and dramatist Kalidasa (5th century CE), who described the Himalayan region â€˜as a stairway to heavenâ€™ in his Meghaduta or Cloud Messenger...