Buddha Rupa (2013)
Painting by Gordon Tardio


  • Painting, Paper
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 21 × 31 in (unframed)
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  • Signed on the front

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Artist's description:

It’s while working on something else that I also found this sketch I did years ago of Burmese style Buddha image, statue. I had put it aside because I just didn't know how to proceed with it back then. But I certainly saw the inspiration now...
I'm interested in creating the rustic, dusty look one can find in some of the old temples. And the painting should have a parchment look and feel to it. Here I applied white which acts as a colour resist, other pigments won't get as easily absorbed. Gold is a colour often associated with these things. And so I started with gold.... paint that is...
The Burmese Buddha statues tend to be of white marble like stone, hence the white instead of a more common gold statue. I used pali language in the title to keep it in context with the ‘Buddhist’ theme... Buddha image is the translation.
The paper I use is a traditional mulberry paper handmade in Thailand. The paper is a thick parchment paper, strong yet pliable. I have the paper made to this size to get the deckled edges which adds to the textural effect. This paper is a textured paper so the textural effect is even more pronounced. The close up picture is of higher resolution to be able to get a better feel for the texture and brush strokes of the painting.
I included here a 3rd picture ... the painting half way done, sitting on my table ... surrounded by the usual bits lying around when I'm at work. And I just had to add the blur to inject a bit of how I feel when I'm at work!
Interested to have your idea painted in this style? Maybe a storyboard collage from a recent travel, an architectural scene, an icon, portrait? Contact me.
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Recent publications I’m in:
Hidden Treasure Art eMagazine on FlipSnack I’m on p.16-17, 26
Hidden Treasure Art Magazine Yearbook 2015 on FlipSnack I’m on p.49

Materials used:

acrylic colour on handmade Thai mulberry paper (kada sa), deckled edge

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