Making Tibetan Modern Art Accessible to the World.

Making Tibetan Modern Art Accessible to the World.

Tibetan modern art is trending and collectors are rushing to get a piece. These modern works are usually only found in galleries and independent exhibitions. As a Tibetan myself, I would love to have an original or at least an authorized print for myself but so far it was non-existent.

The idea to make these beautiful works of art accessible to anyone intrigued me and I started reaching out to the most renowned Tibetan artists around the world. So far Tibetan artists would paint/draw and their original works would be sold to a private collector and disappear from the public eye forever, which in my opinion was hurting the Tibetan art world instead of promoting it.

After several thorough discussions for months with the artists and print experts, we decided to launch an online store where we would sell limited-edition high-quality prints for the general public.

We came to the conclusion about how to go about in the following areas:

Print Paper: We settled upon Hahnemühle paper manufactured in the Relliehausen district of Dassel, Germany. Hahnemühle, a company started in 1584, is famous for high-quality artist papers for painting and printmaking. Their paper has high color density, is resistant to light, aging, and bleed. We wanted to best in the world and we went with Hahnemühle.

Printer: We needed a printer with a large color gamut and high black density to render even the finest shadow detail and most importantly a printer that worked well with the Hahnemühle paper. We settled on the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 which uses an air feeding system for accurate ink placement, skew correction, LUCIA PRO 11-color plus Chroma Optimizer ink system, Deep blacks, 11 color inks system for faithful reproduction of colors, and most importantly built-in support for various Hahnemühle paper types.

Online marketplace: We settled on Etsy for our Niche category (we did try Amazon but the marketplace was too big and crowded).

The response on Etsy has been wonderful so far as demonstrated with the analytics below. The first order came from Colorado and it snowballed to the rest of the United States, then came  Australia, Germany, UK, Japan, Canada, Netherlands, Mexico, Spain, and New Zealand.

Look no further for the most amazing Buddhist art! The staff is super kind and easy going! I bought three pieces from the store. The were shipped carefully and with lots of love. The items arrived as accorded and I couldn’t be happier of how the real pieces look like. Many thanks for everyone involved in the store and specially to the Tibetan master calligrapher Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar!!!
-Rene Angeles Martinez
This piece is exquisite and of the highest quality. I am so grateful to have it in our home with its peaceful and meditative energy. It was packed and shipped with great care and arrived earlier than expected. Thank you Barkhor!
--Gayatri Devillier

Current Artists: The following artists were already world-renowned and it makes us very proud that finally, we are able to bring their work to the masses. We are constantly reaching out to other Tibetan artists.

Jamyang Dorjee

Tibetan master calligrapher Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar's unique artwork mirrors his genuine devotion to Dharma. Coined "Dharma Art" by the Tibetan Buddhist master Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Jamyang's work is a linguistic dance of Buddhist images and elements — encompassing the Buddha's body, spirit, and mind.

Boldly experimenting with a variety of media and styles, his work is continually evolving. The startling beauty and detail in Jamyang's work originate from his truthful devotion to the teachings of Buddha and his love for the Tibetan language. His calligraphic depictions of Buddhist deities often serve as meditation tools, have been exhibited internationally, and are in private collections worldwide, including Richard Gere, Robert Thurman, Michael Imperioli, Chef Eric Ripert, and many others.

Jamyang was born in Lhasa, Tibet. He currently divides his time between New York and Sikkim, India.

Karma Phuntsok

Karma Phuntsok is a Tibetan artist; he is regarded as the father of contemporary Tibetan art. He fled Tibet with his family after the uprising against the Chinese in 1959, escaping into India as a refugee. He studied drawing and painting through his school years in India. In 1973 Karma studied thanka painting with a master of traditional Tibetan thanka painting in Nepal. Since then, he has been making paintings based on Tibetan Buddhist deities.

In 1981 Karma migrated to Australia and now lives in the bush north of Kyogle with his wife and son. Karma's paintings are collected worldwide and published in various books and magazines. His recent works are mostly experiments, interweaving traditional techniques and symbols, with modern inspirations.

Diki Yuthok

In 2002 Diki Yapshi Yuthok was in an accident in India and sustained severe spinal cord injuries that paralyzed her.

While recuperating at the hospital, Diki was acquainted with the joys of painting, a means to give wings to her hidden creativity when as a part of the exercise of her 'dead' fingers, she was given a brush and a plain canvas.

She started painting to exercise her fingers as she underwent physiotherapy, and it turned into an enduring passion. Diki paints the nature and Buddhist characters around her. Her paintings are in great demand in Asia, and through a unique partnership, we intend to bring more of her artworks to our Etsy shop.

Please visit the Barkhor Etsy Store and support Tibetan Art