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Karma Phuntsok – Untraditional Thangka Making Methods

31 March @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm AEST


About Event:

Chenrezig Institute Art Studio is very fortunate to host contemporary Tibetan artist Karma Phuntsok. This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the top contemporary Tibetan thangka painters in the world. 

Starting a fresh canvas, Karma will demonstrate how he uses untraditional thangka making methods by utilising digital media, iPads, digital pencils, laptop computer and projector, to aid the painting process. Students will be invited to then try these techniques on the same large canvas with Karmas guidance.

This workshop is for advanced students who have experience in thangka painting methods and want to learn new tips and tricks about how to speed up the technical process, so they have more time for the artistic side.  

Please note: Participants will not be making individual artworks during this workshop. Students are welcome to bring iPads and digital pencils to practise on during the workshop if they wish to do so, but this is not a requirement. 

Those who are not necessarily advanced Thangka painters but are keen to observe Karmas creative process are also welcome to attend.


Morning :  10 am -12noon

Lunch break 12noon – 1pm 

Afternoon: 1 pm – 4 pm 

(Including tea breaks)

*Times may vary depending on the number of attendees at the workshop.

About the Artist:

Karma Phuntsok  was born in 1952 in Lhasa, Tibet.  He and his family fled Tibet after the uprising against the Chinese in 1959, escaping into India as refugees. Karma studied drawing and painting through his school years in India and in 1973 he studied Thangka Painting with a master of traditional Tibetan Thangka painting in Nepal.  Since then Karma Phuntsok has been making paintings based on Tibetan Buddhist deities.

After migrating to Australia  1981, Karma began to incorporate elements of Australia’s First Nations indigenous imagery into his art, bringing dot painting techniques into his Thangkas. 

Karma lived at Chenrezig Institute with his family for some years and many of our beautiful artworks, including the magnificent throne used by His Holiness Dalai Lama are his work!

Phuntsok paintings are collected world-wide, and published in various books and magazines.  His recent paintings are mostly experiments, interweaving traditional techniques and symbols, with modern inspiration.

Please book for lunch 24 hours ahead here:

The contribution for the workshop (both sessions) is $80.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on

Please register below. 



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31 March
10:00 am - 4:00 pm AEST
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Chenrezig Institute Art Studio
33 Johnsons Rd
Eudlo, QLD 4554 Australia
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