The Buddha in Kyogle

Clockwise from top left: Chenrezig Padmaidrabacam, Highrise, Western Paradise, Buddha in the Rainforest and Liberation.

Karma Phuntsok, like many others, fled his home of Lhasa in Tibet because of the Chinese invasion. After some schooling time in northern India he moved to Nepal where, at 21, he was apprenticed to a master of Tibetan thangka painting. It was a pivotal moment in his life. Thangka painting is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation aid. And an inspiration for his artistic journey.

Then in 1981, after more travelling, Karma found himself a piece of bush heaven in the hills around Kyogle where he continues his creative explorations.

His art is an exotic combination of traditional Tibetan techniques and Western surrealism. In his work East meets West and, as you can see, the result is exciting and arresting.

His love of Buddhist philosophy; his fascination with the Australian bush; his concern with modern day social trends theyre all there to be seen in his latest exhibition Lhasa to Kyogle.

This juxtaposition of Tibetan and Western is a refreshing reminder that the sacred is everywhere. (Even in skyscrapers.)

Lhasa to Kyogle is now on show at the funky Roxy Gallery, 143 Summerland Way, Kyogle.

It runs until February 10. For more info about this and future exhibitions phone the gallery on 6632 3518.

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