Purna Kalasha (Full/Complete vessel), 2017
Bhuwan Thapa is a true sculptor. The artist has a sense for scale and material. In this sculpture the artist makes a transparent vessel - a vessel of abundance as known in Hinduism - which is filled with stones inscribed with names of artists, famous people and people he knows. In the work, the metal exterior can be found in dialogue with the organic form of the stones within.
Kathmandu-based sculptor Bhuwan Thapa is an MFA graduate from Tribhuvan University. The artist recently had his solo exhibition "Self-Realization (2016)" held at Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu. He has been a part of numerous group exhibitions and symposiums and also has been a participating artist at "The 12th World Cultural Art Symposium (2014)" held by The Mosan Art Museum, Boryeong, Korea. His works were also exhibited at the 15th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh (2012), Nepal America Art Exhibition (2013), and Mt. Everest 8848, Kathmandu (2012). The artist has received a number of awards including the Regional Talent Award 2013 by Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Aviation and the Arniko National Award, 2006, presented by the National Youth Trust.
Thapa is also the Former Assembly Member of Nepal Academy of Fine Art (NAFA) and the president of the 'Arambha' Contemporary Nepali Sculptors' Group and is associated with many other art organizations. He is a teaching assistant at Kathmandu University’s Centre for Art and Design.