July 28, 2016

ART: Buddhist Inspired Art

Inspired by The Buddha
curated by YellowMenace (40 images)

   I've selected 40 Buddhist inspired artworks by 36 astounding international artists showcasing an eclectic array of reverence for, appropriation & criticism of the Buddha as a symbol. This isn't your obachan's Buddhist art.

Hisashi Tenmyouya 天明屋尚 (Japan)
Hisashi Tenmyouya [天明屋尚] (Japan) - Buddha art

 HAIKU: Buddha
4 truths, 8 pillars

From prince to ascetic monk

& his family?

Christopher Beikmann of Fusion Idol Studio (US)

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Kenta Torii (Japan) - Buddha art

   Buddha aka Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born in Lumbini in modern-day Nepal, around the year 563 BCE & raised in Kapilavastu. After the birth of young prince Gautama, an astrologer prophesied that Siddhartha would either become a great king or renounce the material world to become a holy man, depending on whether he saw what life was like outside the palace walls. 
Archan Nair (India) - Buddhist art
Archan Nair (India)
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   King Śuddhodana was determined to see his son become a king, so he prevented him from leaving the palace grounds. But at age 29, despite his father's efforts, Gautama ventured beyond the palace several times. Known in Buddhist literature as the four sights, he encountered an old man, a sick man, a corpse & finally, an ascetic holy man, apparently content & at peace with the world. These experiences prompted Gautama to abandon royal life & take up a spiritual quest.
Thongchai Srisukprasert [ธงชัย ศรีสุขประเสริฐ] (Thailand) - Buddha art
Thongchai Srisukprasert ธงชัย ศรีสุขประเสริฐ (Thailand)
Jonny Wan (UK/China) - Buddha art
Jonny Wan (UK/China)
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Ru Xiaofan [茹小凡] (China/France) - Buddha art
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   Asahna Bucha Day or Dhamma Day, the first full moon of the eighth lunar month, commemorates the Buddha's first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares, India and the founding of the Buddhist sangha (monkhood) about 2,500 years ago. In the sermon, which is known as 'Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion', the Buddha first spelled out the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.
Tik Ka [迪嘉] (China) - Buddha art
Tik Ka 迪嘉 (China)

   The day following Asahna Bucha is known as Khao Phansa or 'Buddhist Lent'. It marks the beginning of the three-month ‘Phansa’ period, during which all monks should stay in their temples and not travel. During the lent period, elaborate wax candles are kept burning.

Takashi Murakami [村上隆] (Japan) - Buddha art
Takashi Murakami 村上隆 (Japan) 
Gao Xiao Wu [高孝午] (China) - Buddha art
Gao Xiao Wu 高孝午 (China) - Artsy

Nipon Jungkina นิพนธ์ จังกินา (Thailand) - Buddha art
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Kouji Oshiro (Japan/Peru) - Buddha art
Kouji Oshiro (Japan/Peru)
Kouji Oshiro (Japan/Peru) - Buddha art

Zhong Biao 鍾飆 (China) - Buddha art
Zhong Biao 鍾飆 (China) 
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Zheng lu 鄭路 (China) - Buddha art
Zheng lu 鄭路 (China) - Artsy

Gonkar Gyatso (Tibet) - Buddhist art
Gonkar Gyatso (Tibet) - Artsy
Gonkar Gyatso (Tibet) - Buddhist art

   In Nepal & neighboring Southeast Asian countries, Buddha's birthday is celebrated on the full moon day of the Vaisakha month of the Buddhist calendar, which usually falls in April or May.  In many East Asian countries Buddha's Birth is celebrated on the 8th day of the 4th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, except in Japan, observed on April 8 & Taiwan, 2nd Sunday in May.

Daybreak Lai 黎明 (China) - Buddha art
Daybreak Lai 黎明 (China) 
Shotaro Honda 1893-1939 (Japan) - Buddha art
Shotaro Honda 1893-1939 (Japan)
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Yuko Shimizu 清水裕子 (Japan/US) - Buddha art
Yuko Shimizu 清水裕子 (Japan/US)
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Yuko Shimizu 清水裕子 (Japan/US) - Buddha art

Amit Shimoni (Israel) - Dali Lama art
Amit Shimoni (Israel)

Ang Tsherin Sherpa (Tibet) - Buddhist art
Eri Imamura (Japan) - Buddhist art
Eri Imamura (Japan) - Artsy

Choi Jeong Hwa (Korea) - Buddha pop art
Choi Jeong Hwa (Korea) - Artsy

Victo Ngai (China/US) - Buddha art
Victo Ngai (China/US)
Motoichi モトイチ (Japan) - Buddha pop art
Motoichi モトイチ (Japan)

Paul Kaptein (Australia) - Buddhist monk wood sculpture
Paul Kaptein (Australia)
Tadanori Yokoo (Japan) - Buddha pop art
Gunduz Agayev (Azerbaijan) - Buddha political art
Gunduz Agayev (Azerbaijan)
Michael Joo (Korea/US) - Buddha art

Tomas Overbai (US) - Buddha sketch
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Snazzygaz aka Garyck Arntzen (South Africa/England) 
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Tao Yang (China) - Buddha sculpture
Tao Yang (China)

Wu Ming Zhong 武明中 (China) - Buddha art
Wu Ming Zhong 武明中 (China)
Yoshio Nakaoka aka Gegebo (Japan) - Buddha art
Yoshio Nakaoka aka Gegebo (Japan) - DeviantArt

Tibetan Book of Proportions 18th Century

Rittirong Katasila (Thailand) - Buddha photography
Rittirong Katasila (Thailand)

Yellowmenace Buddhist Art Collection @ Society6