Golden Child/Black Clouds
Rossi & Rossi at Art Basel Hong Kong
23 – 26 MAY 2013
Private View: 22 MAY
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC),
1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
In this inaugural year of Art Basel Hong Kong Rossi & Rossi are delighted to present a series of new paintings in a solo exhibition by Tibetan artist Tsherin Sherpa.
All of them have only been finished this year and include a group of works entitled Golden Child/Black Clouds. These paintings, richly layered with complex images immaculately painted and set against the sheen of gold and silver leaf enlivened with glitter, continue the artist’s exploration of the detachment that exiled Tibetans of the Diaspora feel for their homeland, which he explored in his acclaimed Tibetan Spirit exhibition held in last year in London. These spirits he saw as pioneers and aliens, exploring the new and foreign environments in which they found themselves after the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959. According to the Sherpa, these spirits have become wiser with time and now hide in the smoke watching over the next generation of Tibetan children, which he worries are being damaged by the violence to which they are often the silent witness.
These Tibetan children, scattered throughout the East and West, often severed from or simply unaware of the cultural roots which have informed and nurtured their more private and spiritual lives for centuries look towards each other: Tibetan parents living in the West wish to send their children eastwards to learn about their traditional culture, while children in Tibet dream of travelling to America. The silhouettes that seemingly inhabit the black clouds surrounding the children, are a warning to the dangers and chaos of the world in which both groups find themselves. However, the children gaze out at us through skin of burnished gold suggesting hope in the future, despite the clouds, dark with the smoke of immolation, whilst the butterflies that flicker across the surfaces speak of transformation, of promise, of growth.
:ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tsherin Sherpa, born in Kathmandu Nepal, originally trained as a Tibetan thangka painter with his father Master Urgen Dorje. From the age of twelve, he underwent six years of intensive training before travelling to Taiwan to study Mandarin and computer science. Since then he has returned to thangka painting, eventually moving to the United States in 1998 to work as a thangka artist and instructor at Buddhist centers in California.
:ABOUT ROSSI & ROSSI
Rossi & Rossi stand at the forefront of the global Asian art market with over forty years of experience in classical Himalayan masterpieces. It is the only internationally renowned gallery to specialise in both classical and contemporary Asian art. Since 2007, Rossi & Rossi has rapidly established itself as a pioneer in the development of contemporary Asian art in the West. It represents renowned artists from emerging markets in Asia and the Middle East, attracting the interest of major museums and private collectors worldwide.