Pema Gyeltshen

The Windhorse - Contemporary Bhutanese Painting

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Artist: Pema Gyeltshen, Bhutan
Title: The Windhorse
Year: 2023
Medium: Acrylic on canvas 
Size : 41x51 cm (16x20 inch) - Delivered without frame.

The Windhorse is a mythical Tibetan entity believed to transport prayers from the earthly realm to the celestial gods, harnessing the strength and swiftness of the wind. This fundamental symbol is believed to embody potent energy, a force that imparts immense power to the lives of all individuals who encounter the wind.

Pema Gyeltshen was born in 1983 in Trashigang, Bhutan. His artistic journey began in his youth when he frequently doodled in school notebooks instead of focusing on lessons. In 1998, he joined the Voluntary Artists Studio Thimphu (VAST Bhutan), laying the foundation for his career as an artist.

After high school, he faced a challenging period of substance abuse and aimless wandering but had a transformative realization. He made a resolute U-turn, gained practical work experience, and honed his character.

In 2012, Pema committed fully to art, overcoming numerous challenges. He now concentrates on creating art, participating in exhibitions, and sharing his work globally, successfully selling his artworks both within and beyond Bhutan. CLICK for more information on him and contemporary art in Bhutan.