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Robert Beer: Iconography and Symbolism of Wrathful Buddhist Deities

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Robert Beer (born 1947), a British artist, has studied Tibetan Buddhist art for over thirty years. One of the first Westerners to become actively involved in this art form, he initially studied for a period of five years in India, and one year in Nepal, with some of the finest Tibetan then-living artists at that time.

Since 1976, when he returned to England, he has worked consistently on developing the artistic skills, vision, patience and understanding of this highly complex subject. Between 1979 and 1997 he devoted eighteen years to an extensive series of iconographical brush drawings, which depict the symbolic offerings and attributes and many of the lineage holders and major deities of Tibetan Buddhist art. Since 1997 he has devoted his time to writing on these subjects. The first volume of this work, The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs, was published in 1999. This encyclopaedia has been widely recognized as the definitive text on this subject. Another text, The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols, is for sale in the Gallery.

Robert will speak on the deities Yamantaka (Vajrabhairava) and Vajrakila featured in Chewang Dorje Lama's thangkas, which comprise part of October Gallery's Portal exhibition ending on 5th May 2018.

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