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By Deng Zhangyu | China Daily | Updated:2017-07-11 07:20Orgyan Chopel, a Living Buddha, gives the sacred art of thangka a modern look by using symbols. [Photo provided to China Daily]For thousands of years, thangka paintings-a traditional Tibetan Buddhist art-have been placed at temples.Now, painter Orgyan Chopel is giving this sacred art a contemporary look.The Tibetan artists solo show, which begins at Beijings Yilian Art Center on Saturday, features 45 thangka paintings done since 2011.Unlike traditional thangka works, which feature Buddha figures, Chopels paintings have symbols derived from Buddhism, such as a cloud, a temple and a lotus base.”I try to do what a traditional thangka painting does but with symbols that are easier to understand and accept,” says the 42-year-old artist, who is also a Living Buddha at the Ganden Monastery in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region.In his paintings, Chopel includes poems, which express the Buddhist thought behind them.For instance, he wrote that flowers bloom in the heart because the heart has its seed, while they bloom in ones eyes because in the eyes is the water they need.Accompanying the poem is an abstract thangka painting, with symbols like the Buddhas eye and heart lying on the clouds.Jeff Watt, a scholar of Chinese Tibetan art, says that Chopel has turned traditional thangka paintings into contemporary art by using symbols,which allows the artist to communicate with a broader audience.Previous1 2 3 NextPrevious1 2 3 NextRelated StoriesThangka gets new lease of lifeThangka from Shangri-La on display in BeijingThangka: Where devotion transcends work and artThangka painting exhibited in Tibet to mark monasterys founding anniversaryThe birth of giant Thangka paintingsPhotosAccessories from ancient royal court add to beauty of summerMurals turn construction site into art corridorSummer blockbuster Wu Kong leaked online before premiereVivid landscapes carved on watermelonsLocal residents take part in dance competition in ShanghaiTraditional Wangguo Festival celebrated in Chinas TibetTop ViewsMost PopularThe evolution of Hong Kong beauty cultureChinese faces shine at the Met GalaLooking into China’s regional culture through logosWelcoming back, Zixia FairyFemale celebrities featured in Chinese-style fashion photosChinese-style origins give vitality to domestic animationEditors picks24 Solar Terms: Minor HeatFashion items favored by ancient beautiesVideoJiang Shuying: Honored to assist Sino-UK cultural exchangesCultural feast for tea loversArt exhibition to highlight influence of digitalization on designSpecialA new look: Belt and Road InitiativeA closer look at Inner MongoliaBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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