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Burma

Burmese Buddha

'Burmese Buddha’
Mixed Media on Paper Board
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A favourite sacred site was Wat Maung Wiang, an immaculate, massive, sprawling teak temple with one of the largest Monasteries in Burma and Yang Gonng, the sacred monkey temple and caves, secure high up in the clouds on a craggy limestone ridge. The Burmese are undoubtedly the best wood crafts people in the world and deeply spiritual despite all unrest. My sense of space and aesthetics is deeply moved by the auric rich gold Buddhist imagery and by the purity of the virginal white Buddha statues, as they contrast perfectly against the pale blue sky and deep viridian forests.

Thailand

Thai Apsara Ta Prom Thai Apsara

‘Apsara 1'
Mixed Media on Paper
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‘Apsara 11'
Mixed Media on Paper
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‘Apsara 111'
Mixed Media on Paper
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Apsaras are the ultimate pleasure principle incarnate and their legendary costumes worn during spiritual ceremonies have become immortalised and stylised in Art forms as elaborate imagery and are a common motif decoration featured in caves and temple sculptures, carvings and paintings, throughout India, South East Asia, China and various other countries. I became greatly inspired by Thailand’s rich and colourful culture, the Apsaras with their tall pagoda like headdresses, abundant jewellery and their ancient ritualistic dance and traditional dress that are still worn and performed today. A beautiful series of Public Art Works were created and documented at various Sacred Sites.

Ayuthaya Buddha Charna Songkram Buddha Thai Buddha

‘Ayuthaya Buddha’
Mixed Media on Paper Board
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‘Charna Songkhram Buddha’
Mixed Media on Paper Board
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‘Thai Buddha’
Mixed Media on Paper Board
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As Artist on Site in Thailand painting the ruins and temples of the sacred ancient Capital city – Ayuthaya and various other scared sites, Tania and her series of works received blessings at Wat Thewarat Kunchorn Worawiharn and were received by the Deputy Governor of Bangkok who auspiciously invited the artist to enjoy a traditional ceremony with other dignitaries. Tania was later invited to the National Gallery of Fine Arts where a painting from this series was acquired by the Director for the National Collection, who thanked the artist for her contribution of ‘true art’ and the ability to capture ‘traditional Ayuthaya period art as though a Thai person herself.'

Bangkok Post ‘Australian Artist Ayutthaya Inspiration Painting on the Past’ January 2006
‘The majestic temples and royal ruins of Ayutthaya are a long way from the sun soaked land Down under. But in the ancient capital of Siam, the Australian artist, Tania Summerell, feels right at home ... fixated on Ayutthaya because ‘It illustrated the pinnacle of the Kingdoms historical apex and is special having 33 Siamese king dynasties’… the Director of the Thai National Gallery, who thanked Summerell for her contribution and “great respect” for the region, saying ‘For an Australian artist who paints a Buddha, it is quite interesting. Summerell’s painting, with its texture, subtle colouring and atmospheric lighting, manages to successfully capture the essence of the lord Buddha…’

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Laos

Ramayana One Ramayana Two Ramayana Three

‘Ramayana 1-111’
Mixed Media on Canvas
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Tania was invited and given priviledged entry to paint the Royal Funerary Carriage as Artist on Site in Laos at Wat Xieng Thong, illustrating the Lao version of the Indian epic - the Ramayana. One painting in rich reds and gold displays the ornate work and grandeur of this culture and now hangs in the Lao National Museum. The Deputy Director and Director General of the Laos Museum were delighted with the new aquisition and agreed ‘the painting captured all the royal antiquity of the period.’

Vientiane Times ‘Australia’s Ramayana painting to hang in Lao Museum’ January 2006
‘An Australian artist presented a painting of principal characters of the Ramayana epic to the Lao National Museum in Vientiane yesterday. At the handover ceremony, Tania Summerell’s painting was received with gratitude and much happiness by the Directors and Curators of the museum.’

Water Bearer Unity Humility

'Water Bearer'
Mixed Media, Gold
16 x 21cm
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‘Unity’
Mixed Media, Gold
16 x 21cm
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'Humility'
Mixed Media, Gold
16 x 21cm
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Commissioned by the Laos National Museum to create a work of Art capturing the Laos floral emblem and presented to the Guangxi Museum in China - host country for the Narration of National Flowers- History and Culture Exhibition of 11 participating ASEAN Countries. The art work is now a permanent part of the Museum's collection. Tania previously exhibited a stunning painting of the 'Ramayana Lovers' at the Laos National Museum in the 'Art of Laos Exhibition' during 2007.

Vientiane Times Feature Article ‘Art briges global cultures’ January 2008
‘...representing indigenous people and ancient history...Tania Summerells art helps bridge cultures and binds people together. Representing ancient sites in her work is a way of preserving ancient wisdom, educating later generations about the work that came before them. Culture is how we preserve our identity and art is how we teach ourselves about it. It helps to stimulate the community to view a piece of art and question what it is... all countries old ways are similar, we all rely greatly on nature. We are losing wisdom, socially and environmentally...on how to live on the Earth in harmony. The importance of Culture is that it holds and unifies society, giving us a common place to sit together to identify our traditional practices...It is crucial to record culture through art because it is being lost...'

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Cambodia

Angkor Thom Banteay Shrei Devata One Banteay Shrewi Devata Two

'Angkor Thom'
Mixed Media on Paper Board
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'Banteay Shrei Devata 1'
Mixed Media on Paper Board
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'Banteay Shrei Devata 11'
Mixed Media on Paper Board
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Recording the ancient Cambodian cultural heritage found in and around the sacred sites of Angkor Wat which has recently been given World Heritage Listing and said to be the worlds largest religious structure built by man. Predominantely influenced by Indian Culture, their motifs, symbology and spirituality, with Buddha and deities Vishnu and Shiva present throughout the early layers of architectural history.

The massive sprawling complex area of Angkor Thom, the state temple to the ancient city is famous for its colossal Bayon faces. A painting from this series recording the profile of one of these enigmatic Bayon faces was aquired by the First and Second Secretary of Royal Embassy of Cambodia and is now treasured at the National Museum of Cambodia. It is a beautiful contemporary work rich in texture, lighting and colour and holds all the antiquity present at Angkor Thom, capturing the dignity and magnificence of this architecture and cultures spirituality.

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Vietnam

Peace Prayer Dancer Flutist

'Peace Prayer'
Mixed Media
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'Dancer'
Mixed Media
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'Flutist'
Mixed Media
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Whilst recording important Vietnamese sacred sites, 'Peace Prayer' was inspired by the oldest archeological site in the country at My Son, a fascinating Vishnu temple complex dated late 3rd century. This exquisitely detailed earthy painting was acquired by the Danang Cham Museum and is now a part of the Museums permanent Art Collection.

The textural painting 'The Dancer' inspired by the 7th Century religious sandstone pedestal dedicated to Shiva, found also at My Son was acquired by the Museums Director at the Hue Royal Antiquities and Fine Arts Museum as part of the Museums Permanent Collection.

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