Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Buryat sculptor Dashi Namdakov inspired by Buddhism and Siberian Mystical Shamanism

Dashi Namdakov
From The Siberian Times
by Derek Lambie

"He is an artist favoured by the British Royal Family and his works are collected by the likes of actress Uma Thurman and former German Chancellor Gerhard Shroeder.

Yet, strangely, Siberian Dashi Namdakov is barely known within his homeland, let alone around the world.

However, this could be about to change with a new eight-week exhibition of his work currently on show at the prestigious Gallery Shchukin in New York. Called Journey to a Mystic Land, it showcases more than 60 of his best pieces, including bronze sculptures, drawings and jewellery.

Born close to Russia’s border with China, Namdakov's work is steeped in Buddhism and draws inspiration from the traditions of the Turkic peoples of Siberia and Buryat legends and tales..."

"...His latest solo exhibition in New York is his second in the city and showcases many of his works from over the past 12 years. Experts have described it as 'art within a worldview that is syncretic, embracing his identity, mysticism, the forces of nature, nomads of the steppes, and shamanism.'  Read it all

Fantasy (bronze). Boy in the mask - Dashi Namdakov

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