New faces of

Pasatiempo - - In Other Words - Michael Abatemarco

Peace­ful Wind

and PW Con­tem­po­rary are two fam­ily-owned

gal­leries lo­cated across the hall from each other at the sameWest

San Fran­cisco Street ad­dress. Peace­fulWind show­cases tra­di­tional

arts from In­dia and Hi­malayan cul­tures: paint­ings of Bud­dhist

icons, cop­per and bronze sculp­tures, Nepalese manuscripts, and

a host of other art forms, some by con­tem­po­rary artists work­ing in

tra­di­tional styles. PW Con­tem­po­rary shows the work of artists such

as Tse­wang Tashi, a found­ing mem­ber of Ti­bet’s Ge­dun Choephel

Artists’ Guild, a co­op­er­a­tive based in Lhasa.

Tashi, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at Ti­bet Uni­ver­sity, paints large

por­traits of young peo­ple in Ti­bet. The large for­mat por­trai­ture

has a dual sig­nif­i­cance for Tashi. “ I grew up dur­ing the Cul­tural

Revo­lu­tion,” Tashi told


“ and my first mem­ory of the

art was of po­lit­i­cal posters, leaders’ big por­traits. Af­ter the Cul­tural

Revo­lu­tion, I was ed­u­cated at art school in main­land China and

later in Europe.” Tashi grad­u­ated from the fine-arts depart­ment

of Minzu Uni­ver­sity in Bei­jing and later stud­ied at the Na­tional

Col­lege of Art and De­sign in Nor­way. Other in­flu­ences in his

por­traits come from Euro­pean and Amer­i­can art tra­di­tions. “ Some

pe­ri­ods of art his­tory have im­pacted me more than oth­ers, some

artists also, too,” he said. “ I like the Re­nais­sance art and artists in

Europe, for ex­am­ple, Michelan­gelo, Rem­brandt, and Ver­meer.

I also like Pop Art and artists like AndyWarhol, Ger­hard Richter,


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