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Rich crimson reveals a tenuous outline beneath delicate lotus buds. Parinya Nanjai depicts the Buddhapada, or "footprint of the Buddha." Beautifully stylized with intricately patterned symmetry, this schematized design shows all the toes to be of equal length. When Buddha stepped back onto earth after reaching enlightenment, his feet made an imprint where he stepped, the first and most honored of these imprints being the supposed imprint atop Adam‘s Peak in Ceylon. These footprints are venerated in all Buddhist countries. Acrylic on canvas; the work arrives in a frame of rain tree wood.
About the Artist: Thai artisan Parinya Nanjai says about his art: ‘We can essentially learn about art on our own, through everything that surrounds us -- nature, culture, everything. A few years of art in the technical school taught me to love painting and I know this to be my vocation. I prefer the northern Thai style because I was born here; it‘s always in my way of thinking and in my heart. I paint from my own thoughts, and the Lanna style is always on my mind.‘
The Parinya Nanjai Artisan Collection is brought to you by Novica in Association with National Geographic. This beautiful piece was handcrafted by Parinya Nanjai in Thailand. An artisan story card will be included with your purchase.
Parinya Nanjai extracts the essence of
religious teachings to fill his paintings with a spiritual atmosphere. His stylizations evidence the influence of ancestral Lanna as he paints with acrylics on saa (mulberry) paper. The image of a temple with closed doors symbolizes the ...
Buddha‘s smile is mild, his presence
gentle yet powerful. As an expression of his own faith, Parinya Nanjai takes his inspiration from a northern Thai temple painting. "Buddha‘s face can make the mind feel free and always fresh," the artist affirms. Acrylic on ...
The spreading branches of a pipal
tree, a variety of fig that grows in India, appear in glowing gold. Poles support the venerable branches for the tree is considered sacred. Buddha achieved enlightenment while meditating beneath such a tree, which then became known ...