KATHMANDU, July 24: Dhanraj Chitrakar started drawing serpentine deities from the age of 14. It has been over five decades since he has been into this business but now fears for a technological take over as people have shifted onto printed versions of Naag Posters. Now he is fearing for his profession which in some decades can be the rarest-of-rarest as the younger generation are drifting away from it.
Sarana Shrestha is a 20-year-old artist based in Kathmandu. Unlike many artists who seem to have a knack for drawing and colors, she started to draw only about three years ago, when she took a gap year after her 10th grade. But if one were to look at her portraits and other artworks, it would be difficult to believe that she’s fairly new to this craft.
Being an artist today definitely has its perks. For the longest time, art was limited to painting, sketching, sculpting in real life, which once complete could never be retouched again. But thanks to the digital age, artists now have a limitless playground where they can experiment with colors, shapes, and concepts and that too without any restrictions whatsoever.
Social media has been serving as a strong platform for people to evince their talents. Discerning this fact, we tried reaching out to few young artists through their Instagram accounts to shortly delineate how they feel about art.
Berry was appointed ambassador to Nepal on September 2018 and has been living in Nepal since October, 2018. For him art is deeply emotional and added, “I think art which doesn’t move you or doesn’t leave an impression or make or produce a reaction isn’t something that I’m interested in. In my personal collection, they have a personal resonance to me.”
KATHMANDU, Aug 28: Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations.
Meena Gurung is the friend who, you could say for certain, will give you a handmade card for your birthday. Always the artistic kind, Meena believed in making her own crafts and rarely bought off the shelf products for either gifting or personal use.
Kishor Jyoti is an artist based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Jyoti, also known as Young Flame Artist, describes his style as realism with a hint of surrealism. As of now, Jyoti is a part of an artist community called the “Pagoda Artist Group” and for nearly five years, he has been honing his craft under artist Roshan Pradhan.
“Thang” meaning cotton and “ka” meaning images together make up the Tibetan word “thangka” which literally translates to images made on cotton. Thangka paintings’ origin can be traced back to nearly 2500 years ago. A visual representation of Buddha’s teachings, thangka paintings originally served as personal meditation tools for monastics and students
Krishna Munikar from Lalitkala Campus, Chiranjibi Shrestha from Srijana College of Fine Arts, and Shriti Prajapati from Kathmandu University -- Center for Fine Arts and Design, were presented the scholarship along with a cash prize of Rs 15,000 and certificate by the event's chief Guest/Chancellor of Nepal Academy of Fine Arts -- KK Karmacharya.
Amidst all the artists who are taking to social media to display their work and gain recognition, illustrator Untamed Anatomy stands out because of her distinctive and relatable take on art. She is a Nepalis illustrator who is based in Queens, New York, and she creates artworks incorporating and highlighting her Nepalis and South Asian heritage.
Throughout the years, traditions and cultures begin to fade. Ishan Pariyar has displayed the reality of the spiritual world’s diminishing through an array of colors. There are certain themes and motifs which aid in depicting the truths exhibited in the artists work.
Roaming around exhibition halls watching and understanding the concept of artist portrayed in artworks is the best way to rejuvenate your mind from regular monotonous life. Here, we have listed some exhibitions and show that you can visit this week:
An art exhibition was on display with an aim to promote the civilization around the Bhotekoshi River at Patan Art Gallery, Patan. The three-day exhibition began on Sunday which was organized by Shree Jaimin Thaipi Narayan Paropakar Kendra, Bhotekoshi.
Sirjana College of Fine Arts brings to you the depiction of the youth’s minds; 'The Buds' referring to ready for bloom, any moment. The exhibition is in full swing which will last till the 13th of June 2019. As the exhibition demonstrates and emphasizes on the fact that art is a form of speaking out your problems and healing those who have been hurt without speaking. It would be a loss to miss this opportunity.
The exhibition concludes today which is on display at Siddhartha Art Gallery, Baber Mahal Revisited. Recipient of Himalayan Light Art in 2018 and more, Gurung completed his MFA in Classical Realism and the very essence of classical realism is also present in his current exhibition.
From the day she fully learned to grasp her pencil well, Aakriti Kharel started drawing. She started with circles and stick lines (her imitations of people as a child) and today she is painting large canvases with intricate details. From sticks and lines she has grown into an artist of her own and all on her own.
Lhakpa Phuti Sherpa was born in 1964 in Mushey village of Solukhumbu district, Nepal. As a child she would see tourists pass through her village in order to climb various mountains and she had always been fascinated by their motivation to take up such a daunting challenge.
One specific work of art, which won the National prize in the installation category, was titled “Memories of my country”. Made by artist Rabindra Shrestha, the installation consisted of photographs of children’s umbrellas kept upside down around the puddles and ditches of Kathmandu roads.
Every year the Nepal Academy of Fine Arts hosts an art exhibition, inviting artists from all over Nepal to showcase their talent in painting, sculpting, photography etc. The exhibition hopes to inspire all kinds of artists by giving them an opportunity to showcase their works.
Improvisation is an important and necessary part of jazz. The fact that jazz makes allowances for any artist to give their own touches to the music adds a certain appeal to the musical genre. It also often draws inspiration from life experiences and human emotions. And it’s because of this flexibility and freedom of expression that jazz music is slowly becoming popular among the masses.
Thanks to social media, anyone with a knack for any particular skill like drawing, dancing, singing etc. can showcase their talent online. This way, many singers get discovered, many artists are commissioned, and many writers appreciated. Anyone can put out their works for others to see but it does take a certain amount of gumption to do so.
Want to dabble in thangka painting but don’t know where to start? Or do you already have a knack for fashion designing and want to further hone your skills? Here are some colleges that offer various art courses that you could consider taking up full time or even in your spare time.
If you are a book fanatic or a movie addict, you know how precious stories are. They are the lifeline of the entire movie. It’s what makes good movies. Be it Quentin Tarantino’s violence films or Wes Anderson’s fast-paced comedies, both the movies' common ground: their stories!
All of this, however, was anything but simple. Born and raised in Chitwan, Shrestha has an educational background in pharmacy. Prior to his rehab days he had no experience whatsoever when it came to tattooing.
All of us take pictures but not many of us take good pictures. We are guilty of randomly clicking away and then choosing the “best” among the lot to post online. But taking good pictures is an art, one that can be mastered if you know what to do.
Beauty, they say, is in the eyes of the beholder. In real life too, this has proven to be true. But when you hear about the rather peculiar fashion choices of people in the past, one often wonders if it really is a difference in perspective or something else. Well, it turns out there’s something else at play here. The Week gives you a rundown of some questionable fashion trends historically present around the world and explores the stories and reasons behind them.
If anyone had told Prachin Siddhi Bajracharya, as a child, that his interest in reading comics would lead him to a career in graphic designing and illustration, he would have had a hard time believing it. Now, his life circles around creating art in digital form for events, t-shirts, posters etc. and all this has created a pathway for Bajracharya to channel his inner emotions and ideas.
Samir Maharjan grew up with art and colors. Having lived the early years of his life in Patan, Lalitpur, he was surrounded by art in all forms – the intricacies of the mandalas, the burst of colors of the painted masks, and the spiraling religious structures.
At Ratnapark there is a splotched mural that has been painted over with brusque strokes of white paint and scribbled on forcefully. The smear is an obvious attempt at dismissing an artistic protest. On closer inspection of the mural, however, the bold letters peek out despite the white paint that blurs the two-word text. ‘Dead Sarkar’, it says (Dead Government).
Around 73 artworks including paintings, drawings and sculptures by late veteran artist Uttam Kharel is on display at Nepal Art Council, Babermahal. The exhibition began on March 17 and is organized by Sirjana College of Fine Arts.
Artist/botanical illustrator Neera Joshi Pradhan recently conducted the series of Botanical art workshops for teachers and students of art and science. Pradhan was invited from Telangana State Museum, the Department of Heritage, Hyderabad, the Government of India. The workshops were organized from March 11 to 15, to coincide the ongoing historical exhibition of the archival botanical prints “Forests and Gardens of South India” from the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
Before I’d like to start my writing, I would like to remind that writing is so much powerful way of communication. There are some who read every day and there are some who don’t. For me, writing is an essential part of my life. It helps me to say something about everything that is untold, unfold or unheard stories. This very reason made me fall for writing.
A lot of people get interested in art later on in life when they are already pretty involved in some other profession of their choice. For such individuals, delving into a field that is as vast as art might be a little intimidating especially when you don’t really have the time to attend daily art classes at art institutions.