Anjana Himalayan Art
Expressing the Inexpressible
Anjana Himalayan Art seek to promote artists who give new expression to the traditional arts and symbolism of the Himalayan regions whose culture is strongly influenced by its ancient spiritual roots — a unique blend of Buddhism, Hinduism and indigenous shamanistic traditions.
Our aim is to share progressive interpretations of Himalayan art by supporting artists whose traditional training and fresh outlook lead them to new frontiers.
Our ambitions are non-commercial. We are motivated by the wish to share the depth and uniqueness of Himalayan art with as wide an audience as possible.
Himalayan art is rich in symbolism and imagery. The higher truths and hidden mysteries of Vajrayana (Buddhist tantric) wisdom were considered too subtle and rarefied to be understood by common language. Symbols and images became the language of tantra, the medium through which esoteric teachings were shared and communicated. As one contemporary Buddhist master explains, ‘Symbols are a last attempt to explain that which is inexpressible’.
In this collection, we offer a glimpse into the mystical world of tantric art and show something of its amazing depth and range — from sacred syllables that seem to pulsate with power, to dreamlike meditational deities whose allure and beauty entrances us.
Nearly all the artists featured in our collection are life-long practitioners of Vajrayana Buddhism. Their superbly crafted works shine with the mystery and depth of this fathomless wisdom.