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不丹,喜馬拉雅山下的香格里拉,譽為「雷龍之國」的佛教聖地。隨著政治經濟的改革開放,不丹當代藝術之父訶莎.卡瑪帶領的藝術新浪潮席捲而來,以悠遠深厚的佛國文化為底蘊,將西方當代藝術融合傳統唐卡技法,為佛國不丹近百年來的佛教藝術發展,開創前所未有的多元新貌。

不丹,喜馬拉雅山下的香格里拉,譽為「雷龍之國」的佛教聖地。隨著政治經濟的改革開放,不丹當代藝術之父訶莎.卡瑪帶領的藝術新浪潮席捲而來,以悠遠深厚的佛國文化為底蘊,將西方當代藝術融合傳統唐卡技法,為佛國不丹近百年來的佛教藝術發展,開創前所未有的多元新貌。

 

“Breaking boundaries through Art 透過藝術打破陳規”, Asha勇於突破傳統唐卡圖像與度量的藝術框架,以豐富的色調和詩意的構圖,建構出虛實相生的意象,細膩寫意的線條,勾勒出佛像莊嚴靜謐的祥和神韻,大膽奔放的筆觸層層堆疊出壯闊無垠的空間感,帶給觀者撼動人心的視覺感受。畫作多以佛陀為主體,一生以創作千幅佛陀為志,期盼透過「千佛之旅」向佛法致敬;新系列的作品則以各式儀軌法舞、轉經輪及曼陀羅為題材,將佛教儀式中的各種元素轉換為當代藝術的獨特語彙。

 

訶莎.卡瑪1958年生,受唐卡繪畫的正統訓練10年,其後赴英國肯特郡藝術與設計學院深造,為不丹首批旅外藝術家。返國後,訶莎為藝壇帶來創新的美學思維與繪畫表現,1998年於首都廷布成立VAST藝術中心,致力於培育新銳藝術家及當代藝術教育推廣,2010年由不丹現任國王授予最受人尊崇的國家勳章(金牌)。

 

訶莎是開創不丹當代藝術的先驅,近年持續應邀至印度德里、新加坡、韓國首爾、紐約曼哈頓等地展出,其作品由不丹皇室、企業和國際五星飯店廣為收藏。受丹之寶創辦人呂若潔女士連飛不丹三趟的誠心邀請所感動,歷時三年籌備,訶莎2019年三月首次來台北舉辦海外個展《行雲鎏光》,以佛教寓意中象徵永恆的金色為靈感創作,帶來30幅全新作品。

 

Bhutan, the Thunder Dragon Kingdom, is a sacred land of Buddhism that peacefully sits on the Himalayas. With Asha Kama as the pioneer who merged Western modernism with traditional Thangka painting techniques, the country of happiness now has a new flag flying in the wind of art.

 

“Breaking boundaries through Art”, it’s not something found only in altars at home, nor does it only have one form. This is also the core concept of a group of artists in Bhutan who free themselves from the traditional grid system of Thangka painting. Utilizing vibrant colors and poetic layout, these artists create a mixture of abstraction and realism, giving Buddhism art a new face. Buddha appears in most of Asha’s works; the path-breaker of modern Buddhism art is determined to make a thousand paintings for Buddha to show his respect. Even in a few simple lines, you will still find yourself amazed by Buddha’s solemnness. Layers of hues create a spacious effect for the paintings, taking you onto another timeless journey. Nevertheless, Asha’s new series of paintings feature Tibetan Buddhism ritual dance, prayer wheels and mandalas.

 

Karma Wangdi, known fondly as Asha Kama, was born in 1958 in Dagana, Bhutan. Asha graduated from National Handicrafts Design Centre in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, where he trained to be a professional Thangka painter. He then went to Kent Institute of Art & Design in the UK, and was among first few artists of his country to receive art education aboard. After his return, Asha infused his aesthetic innovation into Bhutan’s art field, creating a new way of expressing Buddhist spirit on canvas. In 1998, Asha founded VAST with his friends (Voluntary Artists Studio Thimphu), an organization that aims at grooming artists and promoting contemporary art education. In 2010, Asha was awarded National Order of Merit (Gold) by His Majesty the King of Bhutan and took it as a blessing in his contemporary art journey.

 

Asha is renowned in Bhutan, and has been widely invited to India, Korea, Singapore and New York for exhibitions. His works are collected by the Royal Family of Bhutan and luxury hotels. At the invitation of Jill Lu, the founder of Tansbao BhutanArt Gallery, Asha is going to hold his first-ever overseas solo exhibition “Lingering in Gold” this March in Taipei, Taiwan. This collection of his 30 newest works is inspired by golden palettes, the color symbolizing eternity in Buddhism, and presents his interpretation of this fascinating Buddhist world.

 

訶莎.卡瑪

1958年生

 

教育:

1976-1979國家美術中心,廷布,不丹。

1979-1982國家手工藝品設計中心,廷布,不丹。

1991-1994 英國肯特大學肯特藝術與設計學院,肯特郡,英國。

 

重要典藏

作品由不丹皇室珍藏於不丹皇宮

 

獎項

2018 北極星獎,不丹

2010榮獲不丹國王親授之國家勳章金獎—藝術文化教育推廣傑出貢獻,不丹廷布

2006 年度藝術家獎,IP,MoTI,不丹廷布

1975 不丹年度最佳新銳藝術家獎,YHS,不丹

 

精選展覽

2021 ART TAIPEI台北藝術博覽會,台北

2020《不丹-南亞藝術未竟之地》丹之寶新址開幕暨收藏展,台北

2019《行雲鎏光》海外首展,台北

2018 不丹週:印度—不丹50週年友誼慶祝聯展藝術家代表,印度德里

2018《愛的色彩》 新加坡暨不丹藝術家聯展,不丹廷布

2017《Aakaar》, NWC,不丹廷布

2017 第17屆亞洲藝術雙年展,孟加拉人民共和國

2017《幸福的模樣》聯展,不丹廷布

2017《雷龍之聲》不丹當代藝術聯展,美國紐約

2017《開創.萬相》不丹當代藝術聯展,台北

2016《Art Siddharth》,NWCC,不丹廷布。

2015第5屆尼泊爾加德滿都國際繪畫展,尼泊爾聯邦民主共和國

2014《不丹幸福印象》聯展,新加坡。

2014《喜馬拉雅之心》特展,不丹廷布

2014 MIAF,亞洲藝術節,韓國首爾

2013 第15屆孟加拉國亞洲藝術雙年展,孟加拉人民共和國。

2011《祈禱之色》首次舉辦個展,不丹廷布

2011孟加拉¬與不丹藝術交流展,不丹廷布

2011第5屆亞洲新藝術展,泰國曼谷

2009《龍狂熱》VAST藝術節,不丹

2008君主制百周年紀念展,不丹廷布

2007 7X7當代藝術展,不丹廷布

2006第3屆亞洲新藝術聯展,馬來西亞吉隆坡

2006第12屆亞洲藝術雙年展,孟加拉國達卡

2005 第3屆亞洲藝術三年展,日本福岡美術館

2004 第11屆亞洲藝術雙年展,Shilpakala學院,孟加拉達卡

2003 《為地球發聲》藝術聯展,孟加拉達卡

2002 《藝術現在》聯展,VAST藝術中心

1999《自然就是藝術》展覽,荷蘭

 

Asha Kama

b.1958

 

EDUCATION

1976-1979 National Fine Arts Centre, Thimphu, Bhutan,

1979-1982 National Handicrafts Design Centre, Thimphu, Bhutan

1991-1994 Kent Institute of Art and Design, University of Kent, UK

 

SELECTED COLLECTION

Collected by the Royal Family of Bhutan in Palace

 

AWARDS

2018 The North Star Award from the Youth Group of Bhutan

2010 Award of the National Order of Merit, Gold Medal by His Majesty, The King of Bhutan for outstanding contribution in arts and voluntary services for the children and young people of Bhutan.

2006 The Artist of the Year award, IP ,MoTI, Thimphu.

1975 The Young Artist of the Year award, YHS, Bhutan.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2021  Art Taipei, Taipei,Taiwan

2020“Bhutan-Unaccomplished Intention of South Asia Art ” ,Taipei, Taiwan

2019 “Lingering in gold” Solo exhibition,Taipei, Taiwan

2018 “Colors of love” group exhibition with Singaporean and Bhutanese Artist, Thimphu

2017 “Aakaar” NWCC, Thimphu

2017 17th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh

2017 “Pattern of Happiness” Group Exhibition, Thimphu

2017 “Voice of the thunder dragon” First Bhutanese group show in New York

2017 “First open – Bhutan Art Exhibition” La Chambre, Taipei, Taiwan

2016 “Art Siddharth” NWCC, Thimphu

2015 5th International Painting Exhibition in Katmandu, Nepal

2014 “Impression of Happiness” , Singapore

2014 “Hearts of Himalaya” Thimphu, Bhutan

2014 MIAF, an Asian Art Festival in Seoul, South Korea

2013 15th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh

2011 “Colour of Prayers”, 1st Solo Exhibition, Thimphu,

2011 Bangladesh Bhutan Art Interaction Exhibition, Thimphu

2011 5th Exhibition of New Expression of Asian Art, Thailand

2009 The “Dragon Mania” 101 VAST Annual Art Festival

2008 Painting exhibition in celebration of 100yrs. Monarchy

2007 7X7 exhibition on contemporary Art, Thimphu

2006 3rd New Expression of Asian Art in KL, Malaysia

2006 12th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2005 3rd Asian Art Triennial, Fukuoka, Japan

2004 11th Asian Art Biennale, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka,

2003 Group exhibition ‘”Art for Earth” Dhaka,

2002 Group exhibition “Art Now”, Vast Studio

1999 Group exhibition “Nature as Artwork” in Netherlands

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