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About the Work

About In Times Like These

Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso's work reinterprets traditional Buddhist imagery through a contemporary lens. Using stickers from brand-names like Starbucks, kids cartoons, and traditional folklore characters, Gyatso creates a dizzying shrine to the Buddha. 

About the Artist

About Gonkar Gyatso

One of the most important contemporary artists from Tibet working today, Gonkar Gyatso, now a British national, creates work that is at once personal, political ...

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One of the most important contemporary artists from Tibet working today, Gonkar Gyatso, now a British national, creates work that is at once personal, political, and often humorous. Gyatso has become most known for his use of pop images and iconography within the form of a Buddha, and his work often satirizes world politics and events while also poking fun at the mundane and superfluous aspects of life. As the artist has stated, "Just as the identity of my homeland cannot be separated from religion and politics, so my own sensibility has been shaped by the undeniable bond between the two."

In Gyatso's most personal and political work, My Identity (2003), the artist presents four self-portraits, portraying himself as a traditional Tibetan, as a Chinese communist, as a refugee, and as permanent exile. Also created in 2003, Pokeman Buddha is Gonkar's first attempt at combining the Buddha with pop imagery and set the precedent for what has now become a dominant visual and conceptual trope throughout his work.

Gyatso was the recipient of a Leverhelm Fellowship in 2003 and was an artist in residence at Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford University. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Israel), The City Gallery (New Zealand), The Institute of Modern Art (Australia), the Rubin Museum of Art (New York) the Chinese National Art Gallery (Beijing), the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (Scotland), the Courtauld Institute of Art (London), Burger Collection (Switzerland), the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam (Netherlands), and the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (Australia). Additionally he has participated in the the 53rd Venice Biennial (Italy), the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane (Australia) and the 17th Sydney Biennale (Australia). His work is held internationally in public and private collections.

Click here to read our interview with Gonkar Gyatso about using Buddhism to critique capitalism.

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In Times Like These, 2012

Gonkar Gyatso

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Silkscreen print on Arches 300gsm with giclee patterned background, gold leaf, silver leaf, varnish, and texture varnish.


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This work has a 2.5" white border.


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This work is an edition of 25 prints in 5 color variations. Each color variation also has differing text. Prints are available separately or as a set of all 5.


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