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53rd Venice Biennale Participating Artist

Gonkar Gyatso

Contours of Identity

By Donald Dinwiddie

A painter of both serene and troubled Buddhist icons refines his art on a journey that takes him from Lhasa to London.

Gonkar Gyatso. Photo by Steve Forrest for ArtAsiaPacific.

On a freezing Sunday evening in January, I journeyed out to Bethnal Green in London’s East End to see Gonkar Gyatso’s work-in-progress at his small studio above a working-men’s club. He was busy building a model for one half of his submission to the main, curated group exhibition…

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