Tashi Norbu’s famous “ Time Travellers” where he paints in his own unique way, the flying monks whose souls rise above into the winds, flying to the pleasant skies with hands and arms widely open! They are usually surrounded by the clouds of impermanence (the Tibetan motives) which come and go across the heavens, like delusions which appear to obscure the mind's true nature, yet the nature of the sky remains unchanged! Multi meaningful figures in a poetical space bring forth quests that are ever timely, abolished and boundaries of time and space.
The Artist , creates a Buddha sitting peacefully, in a landscape filled with collage of ancient scriptures. He is a Buddha in a conjunction of space and no space in the depths of turquoise, of cobalt green and purple nuances who becomes magical and appears to be coming out of the canvas. The Artist using the “impasto” technique, his paint is laid on the surface so thickly that the pallet knife painting strokes are visible, adding expressiveness to the portrait and becoming almost three dimensional. Abstract expressionists such as Hans Hofmann and Willem de Kooning made use of rich “impasto” texture, motivated by the desire to create paintings which dramatically record the "action" of painting itself. Vincent Van Gogh also used it frequently for aesthetics and expressiveness. A piece of Art with a technique so much liked by Tashi Norbu, for its contemporary expressionistic existence, bringing joyful and romantic feelings.
Tashi Norbu paints beauty and symbolism. He depicts the Lotus flower, emerging from the muddy water of a round pond towards the surface, and as looking to the sun, it is flowering into a beautiful blossom. It is the Lotus, so much loved by Artists especially by Claude Monet the founder of Expressionistic era. It would symbolize the human who rises from the darkness of the world into a new way of thinking and living until he reaches enlightenment. In a literal sense, the meaning of the Lotus flower in Buddhism philosophy would represent rebirth as a reincarnation, when a soul leaves this world in its present form to be reborn in another.
A primarily decorative composition of a symbolic nature, charming by its originality and discrete ornamental forms. which plays itself out with a spiritual anguish, as they emerge to be redeemed with the parting of soul from body. Thus the lotus surroundings, features such as the famous Time Travellers of the Tashi Norbu together with the exotic rising bodies and motives, which represent the mystical wandering in the abyss until liberation. The embodiment of movement in this work is the soul’s rhythm which must be freed from everything. A manner of expression by Tashi Norbu which again here, resembles to Contemporary dance. Though the painting, its form and motives are derived by mystic East, it has an air of Greco-Roman antiquity on it. The use of cement together with the raw pigments, produce an astonishing result on the Artist’s piece of Art, utilizing the brilliance of light, and life and the recitation of drama and spirit.
The Artist expressionism influence in his piece of Art is striking not only in the representation of the figure itself, but also in the flames composition and the palette reflective colours. He creates a dark emotional background of ivory black and burnt sepia; his stark contrast in the middle, will reveal the dawn of a new day, while the viewer is focused on Buddha’s elegant figure, lit up in fire.
The way that fire flickers, moves and dances around, makes Buddha seem intimidating, giving a sense of relief at the same time. The Artist paints the fire of tear drops, from red cadmium to orange and yellow, using translucent paints, highlighting with titanium white tints, or diluting the value of the colours he chooses, in order to add vibrancy, and keep brightness around the portrait. He will give more emphasis at the head area of the portrait, and his optimistic attitude will make fire look like the floral still-life paintings, in the era of Impressionism.
The Artist will also make use of the Turquoise enamel and Persian blue pigment, recalling the stone of protection, the talisman of kings and warriors. Flames made of collage by Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, are spread here and there on the canvas, with the most significant one placed near the heart; suggesting love and compassion as the pillar of world peace!
Tashi Norbu participated in the exhibition “Room of Hope” in the African Pavillion, in the Creatief Park District, Emmen Holland. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Mayor and the City Hall, and Tashi Norbu was the representative of the Tibetan Artists. The project speaks about the Malaysian airplane flight MH17 that departed from Amsterdam 3 years ago and was crashed in Ukraine as a result of which, 298 people lost their lives. Symbolically, Tashi exposed 298 paper cranes (in collage medium), giving soul to those victims. The cranes were flying over and around his White Tara, the Tibetan deity the mother of all Buddhas, whose pure compassion for our suffering, is thought to be greater even than a mother’s love for her child. By his Artwork Tashi Norbu is recalling the famous poem of "White crane, lend me your wings"
By this Artwork, Tashi Norbu portrays his Tara surrounded by the auspicious cranes, which come from the Tibetan plateau and we find in traditional Thangha paintings in the ancient monasteries of Tibet. The white and black-necked crane, was regarded by Buddhists at old times, as the reincarnation of the 6th Dalai Lama. Whenever the locals sighted cranes, they took it as a sign of good fortune and prosperity; if cranes did not appear, they feared a catastrophy. ‘White Crane, lend me your wings… And Tashi Norbu is recalling the famous poem of "White crane” which describes the love of the young 6th Dalai Lama for a girl, in the 17th century. She was his beloved “Tara” that he could never marry, as not being allowed, for, this was a terrible thought for him who was supposed to remain celibate. The girl was banished by the Chinese Emperor to Lithang (Tibetan area at the border of China) for a life. And 6th Dalai Lama never saw her again as Lithang was months away from Lhasa. Heartbroken, desperate and pined for his dear love, he wrote a poem and the following, is one line of it, in Tibetan too:
Tashi Norbu’s installs, in the centre of his creation, the human being and his emotional Universe. Motivated by his Contemporary perception, he chooses a Tibetan nun as his Heroine. He presents her in a pose of eternity, in a meditative posture and in her personal solitude. She is focused on the present moment, surrounded by clouds, of incredibly vibrant colours. She is a Tibetan num from the Tibetan plateau. His piece of Art is depicted in a Thangka way, framed in brocade, just like the traditional Tibetan Thanghas.
The Artist drips and pours a blue marine and white ice, on the surface of his painting, to react like bodily fluids giving a psychedelic look on it. His dripping technique becomes a vibrant and transcendent event here; and the “bleeding” portrait of his Heroine, recreates the flowing powers of the Universe; treating the eternal question of justice; reminding the viewer of the most ancient temporal values; giving silent promises to Tibetan women for the brightest days to come in Tibet and in their community!
A figurative creation of a female Buddha covered by the iridizing colours of the moon, sun and earth, balancing colour and light. Reflecting the unaffected nature, untouched by the refinements of urban life. Feeling the touch of the exotic flowers and clouds moving into the indigo dreamy dawn of a new day!. A poem-work in its total and a lyrical explosion of the Artist who flow us into the mystery of creativity and the peaceful spirit of his Buddha with body and hand in the meditative posture suggesting the sun and the moon and the Four Elements Buddha! The Artist uses the red magenta colour to cover the Buddha’s body implying to high energy and creativity! the chrome orange and cadmium yellow would suggest the sensation of heat associated with summer and hot sun, enhancing happiness, confidence, and understanding. The white moonbeams are shining through the clouds emerging ultramarine blue, the finest blue used by Renaissance painters symbolizing humility. Intense vivid and different colours spark on earth like a contemporary dance, expressing emotions in a typical aspect of Expressionism. An Artwork designed to appeal to the viewers senses and mind, signifying optimism and all powers of inspiration who ripple through sky, water and earth, through the forest and all gardens of Spring!
Tashi Norbu’s exploration into the mythical and historical world of Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra and His consort Samantabhadri.
The Artist, depicts them in a symbolic way; they are two naked bodies of our contemporary times, unconditioned by discursive thoughts, in a mystical wondering of their own selves, in the nature of absolute truth, created by wisdom and compassion. Bodies, which radiate Eros – desire with a spiritual anguish as they emerge to be redeemed with the joining of soul and body. Two separate entities balanced into the oneness of the whole creation, and the aspects of the higher Tantra, suggesting the Discovery of Life!
The Artist describes the flow of life which starts with the water molecule H2O on the far low left and it flows into the Mother Earth Lady in jeans, at the right, as an umbilical cord; then it flows around her and circulates behind the deities through all nature’s sentient beings such as butterflies, and among the clouds of impermanence. Through the umbilical cord the flow of life continues its journey into a futuristic like robot represented baby, which is already meditating at a yoga posture. From baby, the stream of life travels into the figures of Primordial Buddha and his consort. The flow ends into a pond, via the little icons clownfish Nemo and the blue fish Dory, who is in search of Nemo’s home, surpassing any obstacles he meets in life.
Tashi Norbu’s vibrant Contemporary Artwork of a Buddha, sitting peacefully among flowing waters and splashes of an ocean; implying to the Water Element. The extremely dynamic, the most powerful of all the elements, which creates and fosters life on Earth. In the Book of Genesis we read that God said, "Let the waters swarm with fish and other life”, while Thales of Miletus twenty eight eons ago, took the stance that the world derives from water and rests on water. And here, the Tibetan Artist with his Piece of Art sends a message about the importance of water on the planet, especially, with regard to his country Tibet.
The Artist’s oceanic Buddha is emphasized in the centre of his canvas; gazing out the endless expanse of Water Element, being emerged from it, in different blends of blues, which Artist is using deliberately to create realistic water; recalling those blues of Picasso’s “blue period”, when he was intensifying the melancholy and his emotional turmoil in life. However here, we meet Tashi Norbu’s optimism, who is choosing blues from his palette, such as Turquoise, Prussian, Indigo, for, these are the colors that reflecti the skies and the shining Sun on the Water Element! Artist covers the surface of his canvas with collage of texts, derived from ancient Sutras and he will also use them, to make the shapes of splashes and waves, embracing the illusion of water. He creates the effects of water during the moment of splash, using Zinc White, and he makes the blobs of Cobalt Green or Blues hues, follow the arch of the Element.
A beautiful waterfall of white light is flowing around Buddha’s head and shoulders, and loud splashes over him, while he remains calm like the depth of the ocean! The Artist uses small amount of white paint, and glazes this mixture smoothly over the water reflections.
Tashi Norbu, is driven by his senses, and inspired by the City of Venice, during his Biennale Artistic Exhibition; he creates a piece of Art dedicated to the city, built in the powerful waters of Mediterranean; and makes the fantasy to travel to Shangi-la, the dreamy world with its lakes and lagoons in the Himalayan mountains. He treats the surface of his canvas with expansive gestural as well as small detailed strokes to capture the overwhelming power of the Himalayas. His Time Travelers -flying monks- strike so precious as travelling over the waters of a magic city, flying beyond time and space, singing the sacred code and fading away any worry and agony as quietly as the rippling water; and any anxiety is replaced with contentment and tranquillity.
The Artist uses infinite pastel shades to depict the reflections in the quiet canals; he will use blue tints, ultra marine and Prussian blue pigments recalling the waters in the Tibetan plateau; every form here is transmitting its own particular significance, suggesting a deeper meanings, hidden behind the appearance of this painting, such as acts of resistance, liberation and generosity with emphasis in a free world. Where the Artist’s Time Travelers whispers, are echoing down intimate alleyways, calling over the vast lagoon vistas, thoughts of neo-humanism and of a Shangi-la in a free Tibet, which is striving for equal rights as the majority of countries on Earth!
A remarkable landscape which elevates the mind, that inspire awe and fascination with the cultural genius that produced it. Aphoristic assertions of broad misty vistas with buddhas on a meditative state, suggesting the Tibetan plateau as well as the clouds of impermanence. This is a landscape no longer about the description of the visible world. It became a means of conveying the inner landscape of the Artist heart and mind; expressing the Buddhist principle of emptiness (understanding nonexistence). A Tashi Norbu’s landscape which is a semi-descriptive, lying in the threshold between a metaphysical, uniquely conceived image, and expressionistic abstraction. This is an imagined landscape, taking life through Tashi’s sensitivity. A landscapes in direct association with cosmogony, through the pulse and the rhythm with which they are orchestrated. The Artist paints dramatic light and shadow in different qualities giving the sense of distance in his image. He mixes burnt sienna and ultramarine blue to create his grey clouds while his red magenta highlights the scenery.
An image of Buddhas, spread here and there among springs and valleys, clouds and skies in a meditative state. The Buddha is said to have identified two mental qualities that arise from meditative practice: "serenity" which unifies and concentrates the mind and “insight,” which gains liberating wisdom. And here the Artist’s Buddhas are liberated from any frontier between the earth and the universe, the sky and the ocean, the horizon and the land, the water element and whatever, surrounds it, defines it, and lives within it, and give life to the forms, the motions and the vibes, through Artist’s personal process.
Tashi Norbu’s aspiration to depict an outer world by symbolic allusions and decorative forms. His keen eye will reveal his Buddha sitting at the foreground, corresponding to the world through laptop; integrating Art and Technology; and this is a nowadays truth, as Bodhisattvas and Tibetan Masters are making beneficial connections, spreading Tibetan culture to the world by means of technology. Their teachings also reach people who are mostly connected with their gadgets.
At the left of the painting, we can see the spiritual realms of Shambala shining as a precious jewel; they are symbolized by the Kalachakra Mandala, the circular form of unity and harmony. The flowers at the point of heart of the Robot Buddha, shows the importance to inner heart of the individual’s spiritual world. The fine old Tibetan silk of indigo, describes the perception and intuition, that help us achieve deeper levels of consciousness. The cobalt green silk stripe at the right top, will stand for balance and prosperity. At the bottom and around the painted frame, the Artist uses the raw earth traditional pigments such as terracotta nuances as well as sienna, umber, ochre and cadmium red. These pigments were used by prehistoric cave painters and Artists of Ancient Antiquity, which later appeared in palettes of the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Impressionist periods. The pigment was expensive and complex to produce, and items colored with it, became associated with power and wealth.
An Artwork which would imply to Nam June Paik’s Art and Technological innovation. A great attempt of Tashi Norbu to present through his powers of expression, his Contemporary Tibetan Art as a source of inspiration to the nowadays spiritual world; suggesting that we should not only seek the enlightenment through meditation or following Buddhist Doctrine but we could also contribute to the world by transmitting our compassion and wisdom through internet and new media, spreading -in this way- Buddhist wisdom to the digital generation.
Melody and lyrics reflect the very sentiments of this painting. Two female whose origins are the snows of Himalayas, depicted with strong bodies and pride, in a plastic lyrical way, opposite to each other, carrying with them a dream like breath from a transcendental metaphysical world, pulsating with inner emotion and tragedy. Two inspirations of Tashi Norbu; two silent twins through which, he sees flowing water and warm soil as well as intimate emotional moments of parenting and childhood. A source of light springing from the chest and solar plexus of the corpus, which is highlighted with indigo and electric blue while the porphyry colors are dominating; the burnt sepia coloring of the background, filled with scriptures speak of moral universal values. In a way, the viewer senses that he is penetrating deep into the symbolism that he is observing, within an image where time has come to a halt. The painting appear to possess exceptional value and fluidity, as if the painter has penetrated a hidden world of alternative dimensions, highlighting the statue-like nature, the peacefulness and tranquility of these two twin forms which are weighed down by absolute silence!
During the Art fair in Bodhgaya, India, entitled 'Buddha Enlightened to be' in 2011, Tashi built a large iron Buddha statue (welded iron rods, aluminum sheets and iron threads) of 5 x 6 m -
This Buddha is now permanently installed on the crossroad to Secretariat Patna, the capital of Bihar State. The statue belongs to the collection of Bihar State and the Gandhi Museum.
“Urban Buddha," Sculpture, designed and constructed by Tashi Norbu, is made of 3,500 pounds reclaimed wood, 15-foot-tall effigy meant to send a message about global deforestation.
The sculpture was installed in Chicago at the Grant Park Skate Park near Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road, in October 2016. Tashi said his artwork tries to send a message about the rampant deforestation in his homeland and throughout the world. "Urban Buddha" is his first piece in the United States.
"I'm in the world to talk about my country, what's happening," he said.