Travel Art: Dave Alber, Self-Portrait at Swayambunath, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Dave Alber, Self-Portrait at Swayambunath, Kathmandu, Nepal is an oil painting by Dave Alber, Travel Artist.

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Oil on canvas
9.375 x 11.75 in (23.81 x 29.84 cm) 

“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.”

Dave Alber, Self-Portrait at Swayambunath, Kathmandu, Nepal is featured in the art book Dave Alber: Travel Art: INTIMATIONS.

Dave exhibited this painting in the 2018 – 2019 exhibition INTIMATIONS at KunChef in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China.

Fine art print collectors click HERE for a fine art print of this painting.

Check out more painted portraits here: Dave Alber, FangFang, ZhenZhen, Fairy and Family, Sarah, Celine, Beatrice, Zephyria.

Check out Dave Alber’s Hybrid Oil 360° Panoramic VR Paintings here: Old World New World, Suzhou Hilton 360°, Temple of Mystery 360°, Suzhou Center 360°, Twin Pagodas 360°.

Dave Alber creates Travel Art and Travel Writing. He is the inventor of Hybrid Oil 360° Panoramic VR Paintings. His Travel Art shares an experience of wonder at our cultural continuity and universal humanity. His recent Travel Art exhibitions Old World New World, Contact, INTIMATIONS and Ravages of Time & Permanence of Wonder are in Kunshan and Suzhou, China. Dave’s comic art and illustrations have appeared recently in That’s ShanghaiSuzhou ReviewShaving in the Dark, Open Magazine, and Nepali Renaissance. His comic “Bedding Shanghai” was featured in the Shanghai International Literary Festival. You can receive Dave’s art book Dave Alber: Travel Art: 2018 Part 1: Intimations for free at Dave’s longer Bio and Artist Statement is here.

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Get Your Free Copy of my Travel Art book: INTIMATIONS

  • 23 paintings reflecting adventures in China, Myanmar, and Nepal
  • four travel articles
  • two pages of hand painted comic art
  • and one delicious recipe for cooking Mandarin Fish
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What readers say about Travel Art: INTIMATIONS:

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