Natural colours on cotton canvas

Courtesy of the artist and KADIST Collection

Gyempo Wangchuk’s work imbues Vajrayana Buddhist iconography not as a religious narrative but as a tool to critique current issues that he and his generation face, especially as the national Bhutanese identity undergoes a period of expansion. As an artist, his work re fects the polarised exploration of both past and present. The mineral and natural pigments in his work have been sourced from the Himalayas and the art itself is based on traditional motifs. However, the work simultaneously relays layers of realities, such as climate change, cosmopolitanism, social media, and the growing anxiety re fective of Bhutan’s emerging contemporary art scene.

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