“Deities are sources of energy,” the artist explains, “and this energy flows in a rhythm. There is no stiffness in the gods.”
The angles of the limbs of the gods give the paintings volume and depth – and the tribhanga guides our eyes and accentuates their divine vigour.
The current exhibition is Shrestha’s second solo show, and each painting is paired with its starting study. This encourages the viewer to imagine the steps the painting took from start to finish.
Shrestha’s earliest artworks are also on display, adding another layer to the exhibition’s focus on journey. These are watercolours of Swyambhunath, and his simple coloured depiction of Laxmi – both dated 1991.
There are also his studies of human anatomy, minimalistic portrait sketches and an evocative painting of his own childhood home near Kathamandu Darbar Square where he grew up watching jatra, celebrations and expressions of deep-rooted faith and reverence that has influenced his work.