Karma & Faith (Book) – Faith Stone & Karma Phuntsok
Karma & Faith
“Karma and Faith, which features the contemporary works of the Tibetan and American artists, Karma Phuntsok and Faith Stone, reveals many aspects of the contemporary renaissance in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist art. Traditionally, the techniques employed in creating this pictorial art relied upon strict canons of precise iconographic measurements, mineral colors, and the vast pantheons of deities and historical gurus who populated these brocaded thangkas. Many of these compositions were based on xylographs or wood-block prints, which were carved in reverse, then inked and printed on handmade paper.
As a Tibetan refugee, Karma Phuntsok first trained as a traditional thangka painter, but since moving to Australia he now incorporates elements of this country’s First Nation indigenous imagery into his art, with dot-painting techniques. Faith Stone, founder of ‘American Buddhist Art’, lives, works and teaches in Colorado and Hawaii, and is one of perhaps only a few Buddhist artists, who is keen on reviving the traditional techniques of wood-block carving and printing.
Karma’s deep devotion to his homeland of Tibet is pictorially revealed through his love of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as is Faith’s enthusiasm for depicting the Buddhist Divine in all of his or her aspects, where and when ‘Eternity is Love with the Products of Time’ (William Blake).”
~ Robert Beer
Author and illustrator of The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs