Welcome to tibetanart.com - the website of the British artist and author Robert Beer, who first began to study and practice Tibetan Art in 1970. Showcased in galleries are masterpieces of Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu Tantric art painted by the finest contemporary thangka painters and Newar artists of the Kathmandu Valley.
The main purpose of this site is to reveal the incredible skills of these artists by making their original works available as fine-art Giclee Prints, which are all meticulously accurate in their iconography, colour fidelity and detail. Each painting has a precise description written by Robert Beer, who is working with a master printer to individually produce these archival prints. Also exhibited are the exquisite visionary paintings and mandalas of John F B Miles, along with other deity prints and postcards. Essentially the artists themselves are represented here as some of the most spiritual and divinely inspired painters of our time.
News from tibetanart.com
September 9th 2016
Following on from the closure of Wisdom Books UK in July I have learned how to run this website myself and have successfully dispatched my first orders. I am now embarking on the process of improving this site to make it compatible with tablet and mobile phone users, and also take some tentative steps into social media such as Facebook, which is something I have avoided doing so far. Hopefully these improvements will begin to appear over next few weeks.
Twenty-one Taras of the Longchenpa Tradition
This composition depicts the assembly of the Twenty-one Taras according to the tradition of the great Nyingma scholar and Dzogchen master Longchen Rabjampa (1308-63), who is commonly known as Longchenpa. In this tradition each of the Twenty-one Taras is depicted in the conventional form of Green Tara, with her left hand holding the stem of a lotus before her heart that bears a specific attribute. All of the Taras have two eyes, but their expressions may be classified as peaceful, slightly wrathful, or wrathful and frowning. Their colours are predominantly white, yellow, red, and dark red or black, which essentially correspond to the four tantric activities of pacifying (white), enriching (yellow), subjugating (red), and wrathful activity (black).
Artist : Sunlal Ratna Tamang
Price : £7.95
This painting by the Newar artist Sundar Sinkhwal depicts Green Tara, the popular Buddhist goddess of mercy and compassion. As the ‘Saviouress’ Green Arya Tara (Tib. Drolma) sits in her traditional posture of royal-ease upon the silver-white moon disc of her multicoloured lotus, with her left leg drawn up and her extended right foot resting upon a small lotus pedestal. As the spiritual counterpart of Amoghasiddhi Buddha, the ‘Lord of the Karma or Action Family’, she is emerald green in colour, representing that like the green and all-pervasive element of wind she is both swift and heroic in responding to the dangers, fears and suffering of all beings. Tara is invoked by the syllables of her mantra; OM TARE TU-TARE TURE SOHA.
Artist : Sundar Sinkhwal
Price : £7.95
Sarasvati flying on her Swan
This sepia composition depicts the Goddess Sarasvati flying across the night sky upon her white swan vehicle. The artist's skillful use of oil colors to create a nocturnal landscape is enhanced by the luminous form of the goddess herself, who appears here like a ‘being of light’. The distant clouds that shroud the upper sky are lit by the central orb of Sarasvati’s halo, which shines like the full moon upon the cloud-capped foothills and distant Himalayan peaks below her.Sarasvati is an important goddess of wisdom, knowledge, and learning of the arts and sciencesmin both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, where she is particularly associated with the study of music, dance, drama, painting, sculpture, oration and writing. In the Hindu tradition she is the consort of Brahma, and in Buddhism she is the counterpart of Manjushri.
Artist : Devendra Man Sinkhwal
Price : £7.95
Vajrayogini (Naro Khandroma)
Vajrayogini (Tib. Dorje Naljorma) is a manifestation of supreme enlightenment in female form, and she belongs to the ‘Mother’ class of the Highest Yoga Tantra systems of the Chakrasamvara cycle of tantras, which emphasizes the cultivation of Wisdom and the attainment of ‘Clear Light’. As the red consort of Chakrasamvara her two principal identities are as Vajrayogini or Vajravarahi, who appear in different postures as individual yidam deities in their own right, with the former mainly being practiced in the Gelug and Sakya schools, and the latter in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. Vajrayogini’s Pure Land is known as Khechara, the ‘sky-going’ paradise, and the main lineage of her practice descends from the Indian mahasiddha Naropa, because of which she is commonly known as Naro Khandroma or Naro Khechari (Naropa’s Dakini).
Artist : Robert Beer
Price : £5.95