Artists reflect culture through their work

The first exhibition by TWINZ is a visually striking collection of portraits of local country folks and human ‘warriorship’ that is common in all times and in all human cultures. The helmet the characters wear are the symbols of their bravery and strength one possess. The exhibition showcases the creative and expressive minds of both the artists, which depicts the perfect unison of fictional and real people in their portraits.

Her Royal Highness Princess Kesang Choden Wangchuck graced the opening ceremony of an Exhibition themed ‘Warriors,’ which was organised by Voluntary Artists’ Studio in Thimphu (VAST) yesterday.

Tashi Dendup and Ugyen Samdrup, who graduated with Bachelors of Fine Arts from Lovely Professional University in India, are the twin artists known as the TWINZ. The artists drew their motivation for the exhibition from the book The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpochoe.

“It is about embracing the human spirit and not being afraid of anything and facing one’s own problems” said one of the TWINZ. The pair said that they drew their motivation from pictures, people that they encountered, families and from the little things they saw around them.

The founder of VAST, Karma Wangdi, said that he is proud to note the boys’ efforts in integrating the Bhutanese touch and flair in the creation of their art works.

“I have seen the TWINZ grow into fine young artists with great dedication, spontaneity and versatility in their work,” he added.

The Executive Director of VAST, Chimi Zangmo, said that art is an expression of one’s inner being and one’s inner creativity without which life becomes bleak and meaningless.

About 50 paintings were displayed during the exhibition.

The exhibition will be open until the May 14.

Phuntsho Choden

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