Allegories of the self. 2020 2020

Sometimes what we FEEL is so much more important than what we SEE. If I see or look with my eyes, the distance between me and my family seems impossible to cover but when I close my eyes, everything seems possible. In a way, I am compelled to feel rather than see. The figure represents both me and at the same time my mother.

Acrylic on canvas.

Will You Welcome Me? 2019

A self-portrait, juxtapositioning myself in a backdrop that represents my journey, always moving yet desiring to belong somewhere.

Acrylic on canvas.

I Am Waiting For You. 2019

This work is part of a series. The two previously submitted works are also in the same series. The series is being developed as a dedication to my mother who I have not met since the age of 5, after leaving home. Acrylic on canvas.

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Tenzin Jigme


Tenzin Jigme was born in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet and since the age of 5, he is based in India. Inspired by the memories of his home, family, the time in the refugee transit camps, to his enduring journey in exile, his works provoke feelings of Longing, loneliness, a mother's love, hope, memory, etc. His interest in art started when he was a kid in school but he equipped his passion with the utmost commitment to be able to learn and practice in deeper ways. Tenzin is trained from two of the best art institutions in India. He completed his BFA from Delhi College of Art with a special focus on printmaking and MFA from the faculty of Art, Benaras Hindu University, with a specialization in painting. Tenzin is one of the very few Tibetan artists working in the contemporary sphere of art. He challenges various notions that are traditionally put on Tibetan artists or artists from the Himalayan region in general with his personal, intimate and contemporary approach to his works.

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