About the Artist
Tashi Mannox is a name representative of both Eastern and Western artistic disciplines.
The latter, Mannox, originates in Celtic Ireland and translates as ‘the monastic’. The former, Tashi, was gifted to him upon ordainment as a Buddhist monk of the Tibetan Kagyu order. Having recently graduated with a BA [Hons] degree in Fine Art, and at the age of 22, he committed to his monastic journey. For the next seventeen-years as a monk Tashi apprenticed under the direction of a master of Tibetan art, Sherab Palden Beru. Part of his training was in the elaborate art of temple decoration, which is the traditional hub for the Tibetan arts and its deep symbolism.
During his time in the monastery Tashi entered a four-year Buddhist retreat, where he worked as a scribe meticulously copying ancient Tibetan manuscripts. This highly disciplined training laid a firm foundation in the multiple forms of Tibetan calligraphy.
In the latter years as a monk Tashi travelled to North India, where he was privileged to study under a master of ancient Sanskrit Lama Pema Lodrup - one of the last Tibetan masters of the rare Lantsha and Wartu Sanskrit forms.
Since laying down his monastic robes in 2000, Tashi has built on his disciplined training and spiritual awareness, formed through years of practising meditation and Buddhist philosophy, to produce a collection of iconographic masterpieces that reveal powerful, sacred themes through the majestic images of Tibetan Buddhist iconography.
At its foundation, Tashi’s artwork is a vehicle to communicate and transmit Dharma, whilst adapting and updating his approach within and for a contemporary context. He identifies three streams within his work: Contemporary and Traditional, Black on Black and Illuminated Iconographic. Moreover, his practice also serves to preserve the Tibetan language and the multiple traditional script styles therein.
He is now recognised as one of the world’s foremost contemporary Tibetan calligraphy artists. Exhibiting internationally, including London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York and Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates.
In recent years Tashi has established his home and studio on the Welsh border of Herefordshire.
Photographs: Tashi As a monk in the hills above Samye Ling 1988.
Tashi with his teachers: Sherab Palden and Akong Rinpoche 2007.