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SAM Talks: Tsherin Sherpa, The Himalayan Spirits

Mar 10 2024

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Emma Baillargeon Stimson Auditorium

2 PM – 3:30 PM

Join us in welcoming Tsherin Sherpa, acclaimed Tibetan and Nepalese artist, to Seattle.

In this artist talk, Sherpa will share his story of learning traditional Thangka painting from his father, immigrating to the United States, and drawing inspiration from artists including Andy Warhol, Haruki Murakami, and Lady Gaga to develop his provocative mixed visual practice. His artwork has been exhibited by the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Rubin Museum in New York, and Asia Society in Houston, among others. In 2023, his work was featured by The New York Times for shifting the landscape of global art design.

Born in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1968, Tsherin Sherpa currently works and lives between Kathmandu and northern California. His work incorporates elements of thangka painting with Buddhist iconography and pop culture references to comment on the tensions between the sacred and secular, traditional and contemporary, and settlement and movement. Sherpa’s practice stems from his personal experiences within the Himalayan Diaspora as well as the nomadic history of Himalayan people. His experimentations with visual languages adapt, reimagine, and reappropriate identities, symbols, colors, and gestures to surpass their chronological and cultural constrictions.

His work is included in private collections around the world, as well as in the collections of Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Rubin Museum of Art, New York; Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Australia; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; World Museum, Liverpool; Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka and Uli Sigg Collection. In February 2022 the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presented his first museum mid-career retrospective.

Tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for members.
Image courtesy of Tsherin Sherpa

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