About the Artist
Parallel to Tashi’s training in Tibetan calligraphy was his apprenticeship to Sherab Palden Beru, a master in Thanka painting and temple decoration. The endeavour spanned some fifteen years and its focus was on the construction and decoration of the main temple at the Samye Ling Tibetan centre in Scotland. The end result was classically traditional in style, though he sometimes employed modern techniques such as screen printing.
Tashi acted as a go-between, translating the instructions of his teacher regarding the creation of the elaborate designs in the temple. Tashi’s knowledge of temple decoration was furthered through visits to Tibet, Nepal and Northern India, where many new temples are still under construction. On one particular trip to India, he was privileged to study under a master of ancient Sanskrit - an artistic form used in temple decoration, which is preserved by only a handful of practitioners in the world today.
Since the establishment and maturity of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, the demand for a high standard of interior temple design and decoration has increased. This has lead Tashi to work on projects in Dublin, London and Brussels. Tashi’s art direction of these projects necessitated additional skills such as plaster casting and fine woodwork. in Nepal he also commissioned woodcarving and fine metalwork.
Another related area of work has been the interior design of private homes. For this, Tashi often adopts a more minimal approach, toning down the typical bright Tibetan colour pallet. He considers space just as important as rich decorative pattern.
1. 400 ceiling panels at the Samye Ling temple of elaborate Dragon and phoenix designs, hand silk-screen printed 17 colour registration.
2. Painting a canvas for a large japanese style sliding screen.
3. A detail of a shrine at the London Samye Dzong Buddhist centre, floral patterns designed by Tashi and applied in gold and silver leaf. View more here.
4. Tashi as a young monk applying finishing touches to one of the large temple ceiling panels.