Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche is widely respected as a leading exponent of the Vajrayana (Tantric) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in the Nangchen region of Tibet,China, in 1953, he was educated by some of the greatest Tibetan masters of the last century, he is much sought after for his expert knowledge of Vajrayana ritual and his prodigious efficacy in its practice. Perhaps less well known is his talent in the field of art.
Trained from a young age in the centuries-old discipline of thangka-painting, his artistic sensibilities burgeoned further in the creation of temples, monuments, statues, murals and paintings associated with the various monasteries under his care. It was later in his life that Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche then took up a more innovative style of art. Based on his exhaustive knowledge of the Buddhist tantras, he now produces strikingly original artistic expressions of the secret Vajrayana teachings, rich with resonance and meaning.
Tara began painting at a young age. Having been born into an artistic family, her father, Peter di Gesu, became her first art teacher. As a teenager her adventurous spirit led her to Nepal, where she met many great Buddhist teachers and the brilliant traditional Tibetan artist Jamyang Gyatso, who specialized in thangkha painting. Tara quickly becoming inspired to apprentice with him whilst continuing her broader studies in art and Buddhist Philosophy.
After three years Tara returned to North America to study at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where she was particularly inspired by painting teacher Gerald Ferguson; then at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, with master painter Cynthia Moku.
In 1993, while still a student, Tara began to accept commissions. While her paintings remain essentially faithful to the Tibetan tradition she trained in, Tara has gently shifted the stylistic emphasis, and brings a timeless, ethereal quality to her work that makes her paintings unique.
Emily Avery Crow is an artist who works with watercolour, natural sculpture, and textiles, as well as animation and film production design. She was raised in Colorado and Nova Scotia by parents following the Shambhala tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Spending her early years in a community of people practicing the principles of dharma art, drala, and warriorship, she was influenced at a young age to recognize the power of beauty and the importance of excellent teachers.
She studied healing arts in San Francisco at ACTCM, and fine arts at Naropa University with Joan Anderson and Robert Spellman. She then let go of having a fixed address and began a life of constant relocation, sometimes moving to a different place every week of the year. Whenever possible, she slows down and immerses herself in the art and culture of a particular place, picking up new skills and ideas. For example, she studied with master miniature painter Mahaveer Swami in Rajasthan, thangkha painting in Nepal, and traditional indigo, brush painting, and flower arranging in Japan.
Emily was the Production Designer for the Khyentse Norbu’s films Looking for Lady with Fangs and a Moustache and Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait, for which she hand made hundreds of masks. Emily continues to move across time zones and boundaries, exploring the intersection of human nature, spirituality, and the unseen world.
Jacky Tsai is a Chinese artist based in London. His inventive approach fuses traditional eastern artistic techniques and imagery with western Pop Art references to create an original style that seeks to establish balance and harmony between cultural extremes.
Over the years, Tsai has developed a unique and recognizible graphic style that fuses symbolic references from traditional eastern art and literature with imagery from western pop culture such as comic book heroes. Heavily influenced by Pop Artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, Tsai’s work is vibrant in colour with powerful delivery. Tsai enjoys telling a story through his art, and many of his pieces include hidden narratives, either relating to historical Chinese legends or portraying Tsai’s own imagined tales.
Tsai originally came into the limelight in 2008 when he created the now iconic floral skull emblem for British fashion designer Alexander McQueen whilst studying for his Masters at Central St. Martins, London. Since then Tsai has used the floral skull in many of his artworks, seeing the image as the best example of his vision: to dispel attitudes of fear and superstition prevalent in his native China and instead encourage the emergence of beauty in decay. The floral skull has since become synonymous with the artist and his work. Tsai’s diverse works have gained him international acclaim and he has enjoyed a successful career to date. His art pieces have been exhibited worldwide, with key exhibitions in London, Moscow, Hong Kong, New York and Singapore.