Gods and Gridlock

29 Feb 2020 – 28 Feb 2021
QAG | Gallery 5 Henry & Amanda Bartlett Gallery | Free

‘Gods and Gridlock’ features works by artists who, by experimenting with the techniques and iconography of classical tangka painting, seek its relevance in an age of digital communication.

Tangka are scroll paintings that emerged from Buddhist figurative traditions in India and China, and flourished in Tibet from the eleventh century onwards. Recognisable for their precise brushwork, detailed imagery and strictly proportionate geometry, these paintings principally depict the Buddha and other deities or teachers. They function as educational, devotional and meditational aids, but also serve as a source of artistic innovation and reflection.


Guogu Zheng, China b.1970 / Grand Visionary Transformation of Hevajra 2016

Guogu Zheng, China b.1970 / Grand Visionary Transformation of Hevajra 2016 / Oil on canvas / 197 x 134cm / The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2017 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Guogu Zheng.

Uuriintuya Dagvasambuu, Mongolia b.1979 / Path to wealth 2013

Uuriintuya Dagvasambuu, Mongolia b.1979 / Path to wealth 2013 / Synthetic polymer paint on canvas / 149 x 99cm / Purchased 2015 with funds from Ashby Utting through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Uuriintuya Dagvasambuu.

Nomin Bold, Mongolia b.1982 / Tomorrow 2014

Nomin Bold, Mongolia b.1982 / Tomorrow 2014 / Gouache, old scripture sheets on cotton / 194 x 144cm / Purchased 2015 with funds from Ashby Utting through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Nomin Bold.

Gonkar Gyatso, Tibet/England b.1961 / Angel 2007

Gonkar Gyatso, Tibet/England b.1961 / Angel 2007 / Stickers and pencil on treated paper / 152 x 121.5cm (comp.) / The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2008 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Gonkar Gyatso.

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