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11:21 Dec 18 2009

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Color of Tibet in artists' eyes
11:16, December 18, 2009  

Photo shows the oil painting titled "Red Color on the Worshipping Road" by Yu Xiaodong. (China Tibet Information Center Photo)

"The color of Tibet is that of our life," said He Jing, deputy director of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Institute for Cultural Relics Protection.

Tibet has always been a hot topic for national artists. In their eyes, what color does Tibet present?

Yu Xiaodong, an associate professor with the Oil Painting Department of the Tianjin Fine Arts College, noted that he expected to pursue a harmony in Tibet and interpret an altitude towards life with different colors.

In his works titled "Red Color on the Worshipping Road" drawn in 2004, one can see young and senior lamas in red cassocks passing by a vivid red wall of the Palkor Monastery, Gyangze County, southwestern Tibet.

"I regard the red color as that of our life. I just want to call for respect to life this way," Yu said.

In another painting of Yu's, he shows a scene of the modern life with bright white. A Tibetan lad dressed in a green fashionable wrap is enjoying music from his walkman and the boy beside him holding a magic cube walks with a crowd dressed in traditional Tibetan gowns. White represents an ever-changing coordination in this works titled "White on the Worshipping Road," Yu added.

Look at those oil paintings: Children of Golak, Mother and Son in Sershul County, Be of the Same Family, and Bright Eyes... For Yu, Tibet should be depicted with all colors referring to warmth in the world.

In a store in the Barkhor Street, downtown Lhasa, Phurbu Dorje is drawing a Thangka painting, a religious scroll painting on cloth or silk with vivid colors.

The colors of red, yellow, blue, white and green in such a Tibetan art are considered consistent to the five elements held by the ancient to compose the physical universe, namely, metal, wood, water, fire and earth.

After smearing an even layer of pasty mixture of yak bone glue and talcum powder, Dorje filled the pattern with various kinds of mineral and botanic pigments, mixed with animal glues and oxgall. In this way, Thangka paintings will remain brilliantly colored for hundreds of years.

"I like red the most, but I hope to draw my dream with every color. I also hope that my disciples can learn this art by heart, so as to carry forward the Tibetan ethnic culture better," said Dorje.

Source: Xinhuanet
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