predominately grey ground; scattered pink clouds with linear elements; central figure of a deity with three eyes, red hair like flames, and long finger and toenails, wearing heavy gold jewelry and a tiger skin garment around his waist; line drawing style with faint images of various figures throughout: figures with various animal and skull heads, figures with sunglasses, various deities, and animals; pink canvas edges

© Baatarzorig Batjargal. Courtesy the artist and Jack Bell Gallery%2C London.

Smoke, 2017

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Bringing pop-culture, politics, and religious iconography together in a style known as Mongol zurag, this painting offers a commentary on the changing status of tradition in light of rapid development and globalization. At the center of the painting is Vajrapani, a wrathful deity recognizable by the vajra—diamond thunderbolt—in his right hand. A traditional image of transformation and purification, the deity seems almost to disappear in the clouds of smoke around him, made up of intricately wrought figures and objects.

Details
Title
Smoke
Artist Life
born 1983
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.11
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predominately grey ground; scattered pink clouds with linear elements; central figure of a deity with three eyes, red hair like flames, and long finger and toenails, wearing heavy gold jewelry and a tiger skin garment around his waist; line drawing style with faint images of various figures throughout: figures with various animal and skull heads, figures with sunglasses, various deities, and animals; pink canvas edges

© Baatarzorig Batjargal. Courtesy the artist and Jack Bell Gallery, London.

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