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Thangka Art Expo & Skill Competition held in Lhasa

  • Source : VTIBET.com Author : Tenzin Woebom Time : 10/24/2019 Editor : Tenzin Woebom

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    Over 100 thangka artists take part in the ninth Tibet Thangka Art Expo & Skill Competition in Lhasa, regional capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. [Photo/Xinhua]

     

    On October 23, more than 100 thangka artists (technicians) from all over Tibet gathered at Tibet Thangka Painting Academy to take part in the ninth Tibet Thangka Art Expo & Skill Competition. At present, there are over 5,000 thangka employees and 129 high level thangka painters in Tibet, of whom 26 are first-class thangka artists.

     

    With a history of more than 1,300 years, thangka painting is an amalgamation of both art and faith. Delicate skills are required for this traditional art form. The composition of each piece is geometric, and all the elements and the various ritualistic implements are laid out on a systematic grid of angles and lines, which can not be changed casually.

     

    Tibetan arts, especially the thangka, are well protected and developed. Thangka painters have faithfully passed down the art from masters to apprentices in a heritage chain. Some painting institutes even offer thangka courses to students, and the tradition of learning teaching skills from masters is still tightly controlled today.

     

    With high artistic value and unique painting style, thangka artwork is the epitome of traditional Tibetan folk culture. People can better understand Tibetan history and culture by viewing and enjoying thangka. So far, Tibetan thangka has different schools of paintings such as Manthang School, Karma Gardri School, Chintse School, Regong School and so on.

     

     

    A thangka artist embroiders a thangka artwork during the ninth Tibet Thangka Art Expo & Skill Competition in Lhasa, regional capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. [Photo/Xinhua]

     

     

    A thangka artist draws a thangka painting during the ninth Tibet Thangka Art Expo & Skill Competition in Lhasa, regional capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. In a Thangka painting, not only the main character, but also every single detail is drawn vividly. [Photo/Xinhua]

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