Oil on canvas
9.375 x 11.75 in
Dave Alber, Self-Portrait at Swayambunath (Kathmandu, Nepal) is an oil painting by Travel Painter and Travel Writer Dave Alber. Swayambunath is the center of Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Mandala. The Kathmandu Valley is understood to be a mandala, which is to say an aesthetic and spiritual image of wholeness.
The Manjushri Purana describes the creation of the Kathmandu Valley as a mandala. Swayambunath is the spiritual center of Nepalese Buddhism, which is Vajrayana Buddhism and quite similar to Tibetan Buddhism. It is popularly known as monkey temple due to the many monkeys that inhabit this mountaintop temple.
Swayambunath is a Buddhist pilgrimage site and you must climb the mountain to reach the temple complex and stupa at the top.
David Alber, Self-Portrait at Swayambunath (Kathmandu, Nepal) is featured on the cover of the art catalogue Dave Alber: Travel Art 2018: Part 1: Intimations.
Only the rare art catalogue can take you on journeys to faraway places and help you bridge cultural understanding with an immersed experience in the traveler’s journey.
Travel Art: 2018 Part 1: Intimations contains:
• 23 paintings reflecting life in China, Myanmar, and Nepal
• 4 travel articles
• 2 pages of hand painted comic art
• as well as the artist’s statement and biography
Dave Alber, Self-Portrait at Swayambunath (Kathmandu, Nepal) is part of the ongoing series, Travel Art.
What does travel mean for you? Does it mean enjoying romantic sunsets on a faraway beach? Does it mean visiting the city of your dreams? Does it mean an adventurous journey to remote locations far off the beaten track; enriching yourself with a cultural experience; or exploring the depths of ancient civilizations?
“I hope that my Travel Art touches and enlivens your sense of fascination and wonder about the world we live in. I also hope that this Travel Art becomes a conversational bridge between your own unique travel experiences and the collective sharing of the magical quality of the journey. The truth is… we live in an amazing world and the continuity of art and culture is one of the great human contributions to that world. With Travel Art, I don’t aim to break this continuity — the shock of the new — but rather to add the “voice” of my brush (even in the smallest of ways) upon this long conversation of life enrichment that remains the sustained contribution of the transmission of art and culture through time.”
“As the famous explorer Jacques Cousteau once stated, ‘When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.’ Similarly, I hope my Travel Art inspires you to celebrate your own adventures — and maybe even commission a painting or two — and share the beauty of our discoveries in this magnificent world we share… together.”
Dave Alber is a Travel Painter whose illustrations have appeared most recently in That’s Shanghai, Suzhou Review, Open Magazine, and Nepali Renaissance. His comic “Bedding Shanghai” was featured in the 2018 Shanghai International Literary Festival’s Erotic Fiction Contest. For a limited time, Dave’s art catalogue Dave Alber: Travel Art 2018: Intimations can be preordered for free at DaveAlber.com. Longer bio and Artist Statement here.
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