URBAN AESTHETIC no.50 (Samsara)


Painted wood blocks, acrylic paint, and collage on board

71.5 x 62 x 5.3 cm (Framed)

Collage on board (wood blocks, original text and images from The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and acrylic paint)

There are several examples of colour complementaries in the Urban Aesthetic series and one I have made use of more than most in my career is blue and orange. For me, blue evokes clear skies, and orange, earthy hues, together I find they arouse a sense of comfort and warmth.

The collage used is taken from the Tibetan Book of the Dead and features an aspirational prayer and images of the Great Bodhisattvas. I became interested in Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy after spending time in Dharamshala and meeting Tibetan refugees there in 2008. The colour combination was inspired by a costume worn by BD Wong in the film Seven Years in Tibet.

10% of the sale price of this piece will be donated to the Tibet Relief Fund

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General information

Web images: Every care has been taken to ensure a faithful reproduction of the original artwork and where possible I upload high resolution scans. However, some variations may occur when viewing online. If you have any questions about the image please do not hesitate to contact me.

Framing: Everything looks better framed. Most of the pieces from Urban Aesthetic are framed unless stated otherwise.

Care: Art is unique and can last a lifetime, and beyond, if cared for properly. Do not hang work above radiators as this can cause warping to some frames and dry out the glue used in the making of the collage. Unlike with Gremlins, water will not multiply your artwork, avoid hanging work in damp areas and near water sources; kitchens and bathrooms should be avoided unless you have adequate ventilation. Avoid hanging work in direct sunlight as this will fade the colours and images over time.

Cleaning Urban Aesthetic pieces: Urban Aesthetic pieces are three dimensional and are prone to collecting dust as they are unglazed. Once a month I recommend using a soft synthetic, full bodied brush (like a blurring and blending foundation brush) to remove dust from raised areas and running a hairdryer on cool setting across the front of the piece.

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Original collage painting on wood blocks by Stephen Tribbel. Wooden block painting with shades of blue and orange and collage. Text and images from The Tibetan Book of the Dead.URBAN AESTHETIC no.50 (Samsara)