Transcendental Gonkar Gyatso


Wall Street International article by Raffaele Quattrone

There is a bridge able not only to connect but also to create a dialogue linking East and West, spirituality and matter in a great harmony. It is the bridge in the construction of which many of us are engaged as well as many visual artists among which we can mention Kimsooja, Shirin Neshat, Wang Qingsong, Takashi Murakami, Imran Qureshi, Francesco Simeti, Alessandro Moreschini, Gonkar Gyatso. About the practice of Gonkar Gyatso I dwelt on several occasions including an interview published here on the pages of the Wall Street International where I defined Gyatso, English-American artist born in Tibet, a “post-global ethnographer” interested in developing the ties between traditional Buddhist iconography and Western pop culture, Eastern spiritual tradition and Western materialistic culture paying to both the same care and attention.

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BIOGRAPHY – Born in Tibet in 1961, Gyatso studied traditional Chinese ink and brush painting in Beijing, Thangka painting in Dharmsala and fine arts in London. Gyatso was the recipient of a Leverhelm Fellowship in 2003 as an artist in residence at Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. He is the founder of the Sweet Tea House, a contemporary Tibetan Art Gallery in London. His work has been internationally exhibited in galleries and museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Israel), The Institute of Modern Art (Australia), the Rubin Museum of Art (New York) the Chinese National Art Gallery (Beijing), the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (Scotland), the Courtauld Institute of Art (London), Burger Collection (Switzerland), the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam (Netherlands), Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (Australia), Colorado University Art Museum and Collections (USA), the 53rd Venice Biennial (Italy), the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane (Australia) and the 17th Sydney Biennale. His work is held in numerous public and private collections around the world.


Tibetan Artist Gonkar Gyatso at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong (NY Times)

An untitled mixed-media sculpture from 2012 by Gonkar Gyatso. Credit Photograph by Jerome Favre, courtesy of the artist and Pearl Lam Galleries

An untitled mixed-media sculpture from 2012 by Gonkar Gyatso. Credit Photograph by Jerome Favre, courtesy of the artist and Pearl Lam Galleries

Tibetan Artists Rise to the Fore
Gonkar Gyatso Mixes Buddhist Iconography and Pop Images

HONG KONG — The Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso was in Hong Kong last month, putting the final touches on his latest exhibition at Pearl Lam Galleries. A bookish figure in black glasses and a blue button-up shirt, he stopped to inspect one of his new works, a 10-foot by 10-foot collage that showed a construction crane hook holding up the concentric spheres of a mandala, a Tibetan spiritual symbol. Cartoon trucks and diggers surrounded the spheres, which were dripping and melting like the polar caps. The piece, called “Shangri La” (2014), is one of 16 in the show, which runs through Oct. 31.

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