I had the pleasure of viewing Mr. Gyembo Wangchuk’s Solo Exhibition titled ‘Ribong’ held at VAST Bhutan in 2019. For a Bhutanese artist trained in the traditional Bhutanese craft to successfully break into the world of contemporary art is indeed inspiring. A feat that I hope piques interests in the Bhutanese art scene, and particularly inspires younger aspiring Bhutanese artists.
His innovative use of our traditional palette transcends the threshold of the traditional Bhutanese artwork. I commend him for drawing inspiration from Buddhism, our Bhutanese society and rich culture, and presenting these uniquely Bhutanese stories in the form of art.
His work has gained attention from both within and outside Bhutan, as evidenced by his many successful exhibitions and awards in various competitions. I hope that he continues to make art that encourages global interest in traditional Bhutanese art and style, and its infinite possibilities.
I wish him good luck with his future creations and in his artistic journey, and I hope this catalogue for his works published by Tansbao Gallery will be well-received.
HRH Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck.