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Alain Rouveure Galleries - Paintings

Todenham, Near Moreton-in-Marsh
Gloucestershire, GL56 9NU, England

telephone: 01608 650418
email: alain@alainrouveure.com



Some of our paintings



gouache on cotton, Nepal

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Detail of large thangka painting

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'The White Tara'
gouache on cotton, Nepal

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Alain Rouveure Paintings

Thangka are primarily religious paintings that are hand-executed
on finely woven cloth.
They were made to be hung in temples
and private chapels above family altars.

Old and new paintings from the Himalayas

The technique for Thangka painting dates back to 1100AD
and is still in practice today.

The support for the Thangka (a fine cloth of cotton) has to be
stretched over a wooden frame.Traditionally, before it can be
painted on, the cloth has to be sized' and prepared with a 'gesso'.
In Nepal and Tibet it is a mixture of hide glue made by slowly
boiling yak or buffalo skins for several days to extract
a clarified jelly/glue which is then mixed with white earth or chalk.
This gesso is of several layers each meticulously burnished
with a polishing stone.

Originally, as in Europe at the time, artists used natural pigments
and minerals for their colours like lapis lazuli for blues,
malachite for greens, vermilion reds, oxidised led for white,
arsenic for yellows. All were finely ground into powder
that would be mixed with water and clarified hide glue
into a useable paint. Today's artists mainly use modern gouaches, although gold is still traditionally used.

A Master will then draw the figures precisely using a pencil
or black soot. The fine lines follow very strict and rigid rules.
The iconography is precise and so are the proportions.
Relationships between figures and spaces are set as are the
physical relationships between neck, shoulders, navel,
length of arms etc…

The eyes of the main figure in the Thangka are the last details
to be painted in, thus giving life
to the subject.

Paintings at Alain Rouveure Galleries

©Alain Rouveure 2005


About our paintings

Buddhism has no gods and
goddesses as such.

The images
that are represented in statue or
painting forms are there to be
welcomed and /or worshiped
as the various possibilities and
facets of human potentials and the attainment of these potentials - compassion, wisdom etc...
including enlightenment.

The attainment of enlightenment
denotes the transition of anyone to
the state of Buddha-hood during a
lifetime. This transition marks an end
to the series of reincarnations that
were required to reach this stage of
self-knowledge and life purpose.

Master Raju Tamang in his studio

Master Raju Tamang at work
in his studio

All the Thangkas paintings we
have in the galleries, contemporary
or old, are original hand painted
works of art and are unique.

We would also remind you that ethics are extremely important to us …

...no child labour
no use harmful chemicals
no environmentally
damaging synthetic dyes
no looting of temples
in search of antiques...

are involved in production processes.