Elim Mak went to graduate school at Pratt Institute. She is currently a creative Arts Therapist. She has studied at New York Tibetan Art Studio for almost 3 years.

Photo Courtesy of Pema Rinzin, Contemporary Tibetan Artist and Founder & Teacher at New York Tibetan Art Studio

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Kevin Connolly is applying the base coat for his next Artwork (2nd Artwork) from the 2nd course taught here at New York Tibetan Art Studio.
This is Kevin’s 8th year at New York Tibetan Art Studio.
Photo courtesy of Pema Rinzin, Contemporary Tibetan Artist and Founder & Teacher at New York Tibetan Art Studio.

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This will be the last artwork of Pia Leighton from the 1st course taught here at New York Tibetan Art Studio.
She has studied for almost seven years at NYTAS.
Pia Leighton holds a Ph.D in spanish literature from New York University.
Photo Courtesy of Pema Rinzin, Contemporary Tibetan Artist and Founder & Teacher at New York Tibetan Art Studio .
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Installation Views- “Abstract Enlightenment” Second solo show of Contemporary Tibetan Artist Pema Rinzin.

location: Joshua Liner Gallery, Chelsea, NYC

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-This is Yoni Zilber‘s second artwork from his second course at New York Tibetan Art Studio.

Photo courtesy of Pema Rinzin, Contemporary Tibetan Artist and Founder &Teacher at New York Tibetan Art Studio.

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Photo Courtesy of Pema Rinzin, Contemporary Tibetan Artist and Founder &Teacher at New York Tibetan Art Studio.

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 Pema Rinzin, Contemporary Tibetan Artist’s second solo show titled, “Abstract Enlightenment” at Joshua Liner Gallery, Chelsea, New York.

February 27 to March 29, 2014


-Opening photos


-People enjoying the super saturated wall of – Artist Pema Rinzin’s ‘Wheel of Time and Space’ series.pr9

-”Wheel of Time and Space” Series. photo 2(4)

-Admiring the Incredible detail and brushwork of “Auspicious Dream 2″. pr15

-Crowd at the Opening of Pema Rinzin’s Second solo show at Joshua Liner Gallery. “Bubble of wishful gems” standing beautiful on the backdrop.pr11

-Great energy and crowd at the opening of “Abstract Enlightenment”. p0324

-Enjoying the beautiful, “Bubble of wishful Gems”.pr7

-Admiring Artist Pema Rinzin’s “Mind and Color” Painting.pr8

-Contemporary Tibetan Artist Pema Rinzin’s ‘Lost in Color’ series. pr3

-Enjoying ‘Abstract Enlightenment’nancy

-Auspicious Dream 2 of Artist Pema Rinzinpema

-Contemporary Tibetan Artist Pema Rinzin is the first Tibetan to have first and second solo show in NYC. Here he is standing in front of ‘Bubbles of wishful Gems’.photo 1(4)-Joshua Liner and Myself at the opening of “Abstract Enlightenment” at Joshua Liner Gallery.

pemanyartPema Rinzin, Wheel of Time and Space, 2014.

Ground mineral pigments, gold, on wood 20 x 24 in.

Image courtesy of Joshua Liner Gallery.

Joshua Liner Gallery houses a diverse group of established and emerging artists, but as a faction they present a united front against creative tedium. Ai Yamaguchi’s celluloid expressions and frail lines depict lives of young prostitutes. Evan Hecox portrays urban environments through amplification and select graphic elements. Julie Opperman’s dissonant paintings use the viewer’s perception as a medium. The common thread among artists at Joshua Liner is this: they all work to erode boundaries. They are eager to jump the old divides between traditional and contemporary, puppeteering and sculpture, graphic design and fine art. They shun categorization. Pema Rinzin is no exception.

Rinzin employs traditional thangka painting techniques and materials to create contemporary work. He has taught and traveled in Germany and Japan, translated for monks on tour with the Grateful Dead, and spent time at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. His paintings are held in various public and private collections, including the Dalai Lama’s.

These pieces are simple, powerful, and abstract. The content is forms distilled to their essences, with the exception of the Auspicious Dreams series, which contains vastly detailed forms from all walks of the animal kingdom that surge in pleasant turmoil around a golden orb. Rinzin’s paintings appear both biological and intergalactic in a way that speaks to the enigmatic scale of daily life. Shapes within could be cells, spores, or immense bodies of matter floating in space. He uses ground mineral pigments as a medium—gold, as seen in the three Auspicious Dreams paintings, as well as green malachite, and lapis lazuli. All of these are of gem quality. The intensity of the colorants enhances the qualities of playfulness and surprise in his work.

I was able to ask Rinzin a few questions about his paintings, process, and hopes for this “Abstract Enlightenment.”

Maria Anderson: This is your second solo show at Joshua Liner Gallery. What is most important to you about this exhibition?
Pema Rinzin: Naturally, there is the hope that people like it. Not only this, but that these paintings will cause people to believe that today is not the only life we have. We have tomorrow. We have the next day, and the next. We don’t have to sell our paintings today. We don’t have to be successful today. What I want is to pause time.

MA: You’ve mentioned that you abstract impressionist is a description you would place, however loosely, on your work. Why the name Abstract Enlightenment?
PR: It has to do with the feeling of your mind opening up—everything spans out, like a sun. Bubble of Wishful Gems is like this, with the two concentric circles. It has a lot of movement, a lot of joy and expression. The inside looks like seeds, so it’s almost like a flower petal. In Tibet, this shade of blue is considered the highest color of emptiness and ascension. Nature yields a lot of energy, and I’m making use of this. Enlightenment is when you’re abstract in the composition and the subject. It’s about trying to represent the essence of all things in a simple way.

MA: Does meditation, or, to use a word with fewer associations, contemplation, play any role in your creative process? In other words, how do you reach a state of mind that allows for long hours of intuitive, focused painting?
PR: There is a principle on how to use meditation: the best meditation for me is not how people typically think of it. If you are a focused person, you might wake up in the morning and exercise—something like this is the best meditation. You meditate to purify yourself to do things right. If you’re a teacher, and if you teach and use your heart, then this is a great meditation. If you teach by example and not from the mouth or the book, this becomes like a meditation. It is more of a belief system.

After a while, when you paint more and more, it becomes automatic. You connect. It’s a natural meditation. You can close your eyes and sit quietly and meditate, but doing just this won’t help you paint. You have to use your hand, your mind, your body. Oh, if you focus in this way, you will be happy! You can’t separate it from your work.

MA: What else is crucial to your process?
PR: Intention and discipline. You have to know how to clean your house. If you are a good artist, you have to know how to cook. This makes other people happy, and then you are happy. Making yourself happy first is even more important than making others happy. If you do a very good painting today, then the next painting will be more challenging, and when you are challenged, you are better able to be good to others.

As featured in JUXTAPOZ on (Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014)

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Artist: Pema Rinzin
Bubble of Wishful Gems
Ground mineral pigments, gold, on wood
70 x 70 inches

Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present Abstract Enlightenment, a new exhibition from master thangka painter and contemporary artist Pema Rinzin. This will be Rinzin’s second solo offering with the gallery, featuring small to large-scale paintings. The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

With a diverse professional background, having studied and taught various genres of art, traveling and living in many different countries, it would appear Pema Rinzin has lived many lives all within a single life span. Utilizing traditional thangka painting techniques and mediums to create contemporary works, Rinzin’s paintings have been exhibited internationally and are held in numerous public and private collections—most notably by H.H. the Dalai Lama, the Rubin Museum of Art, and the Shoko-ji Cultural Research Institute.

Born in Tibet in 1966, Pema Rinzin grew up in Dharamsala, India, studying under the auspices of Kalsang Oshoe, Khepa Gonpo, Rigdzin Paljor, and other master artists from 1979 to 1983. Teaching Renaissance, Impressionist, and Abstract Expressionist art, as well as comic book-arts at the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharamsala—the artist’s well-rounded interdisciplinary skills would later influence his contemporary art practice.

Traveling in Europe and the United States while lecturing at universities, Rinzin familiarized himself with popular western culture. In the late 80’s, Rinzin acted as an interpreter for a group of monks touring with the Grateful Dead. From 1995 to 2004 the artist worked and taught at the Shoko-ji Cultural Research Institute in Nagano, Japan. Later on, Rinzin divided his time between Japan and Wurzburg, Germany, where he was an artist-in-residence at the Brush & Color Studio for three years. From November 2005 to October 2008, Rinzin was the first artist-in-residence at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York where he created several large-scale works depicting The Four Guardian Kings of the Four Directions, The Eight Bodhisattvas, and a scene of animals and nature displaying his brushstroke mastery.

Teaching and traveling, Pema Rinzin’s cross-cultural experiences inform the work he creates, an amalgamation of tradition and modernity. From the artist: When I came to New York, I met a lot of local fine artists and was exposed to a lot of urban contemporary art. As an artist your life is flexible. People think, oh, you’re a Tibetan, you must be a traditional painter—and they project stereotypes onto you. As an artist, you are exposed to the whole universe and you communicate with every culture. And what you do with this knowledge determines the artist you become. My style has changed in a relatively short time. But change reflects my learning. If you know yourself, you can change in a mature way, at the right time. Appreciation, understanding, and learning are all impressions extended to the viewer while taking in Rinzin’s work.

In 2007, Rinzin founded the New York Tibetan Art Studio, dedicated to bringing Tibetan art to the western world by sharing the traditional techniques as a means of preserving the culture. One such technique, his use of ground mineral pigments as a medium—gold, lapis lazuli, green malachite, are all gem quality—make these beautiful paintings all the more precious.

Picture 69 Please come this Thursday, Feb. 27, from 6-8 PM for the opening of Pema Rinzin’s second solo show, Abstract Enlightenment. At Joshua Liner Gallery. Pema Rinzin is a Contemporary Tibetan Artist & Founder and Teacher at New York Tibetan Art Studio. He is the first Tibetan to have a First and Second solo show in New York City.

Here is the link for more information regarding the show, Artist and the Gallery: Pema Rinzin: Abstract Enlightenment Feb 27 2014, Joshua Liner Gallery


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