An unbound book

[Pema Namdol Thaye’s] dedication as a professional Tibetan thanka painter in preserving and promoting this Tibetan art form is inspiring.
— His Holiness Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama receiving the first copy of Celestial Portfolio

His Holiness the Dalai Lama receiving the first copy of Celestial Portfolio


Over twenty years in the making

An elegant collector's item, Celestial Portfolio is an entirely handmade fine art book by master artist Pema Namdol Thaye.   This museum quality book celebrates the pinnacle of the artist's finest traditional Tibetan thanka paintings spanning more than twenty-five years.  

Encased in a majestic silk box embossed with foil inlay, Celestial Portfolio is an unbound book limited to only 108 copies. Comprised of twenty-one fine art folios, each folio includes a 12"x15" giclée print reproduction of an original thanka painting by Pema Namdol and an accompanying description text delicately bound by hand-cut Japanese rice paper.  

Pema Namdol is one of the finest Tibetan artists of the twenty-first century. His newly published limited edition Celestial Portfolio is a work of artistic genius and spiritual depth. Each print can be studied and appreciated for endless hours. I personally purchased this fine art book and cherish it as part of my collection of Himalayan Buddhist Art. Anyone who appreciates Buddhist art and the art of book-making will be pleased to own this lush presentation.
— Samuel Bercholz, Founder and Chairman of Shambhala Publications


master craftsmanship

Every print, which can be accessed as an individual piece and framed if desired, is numbered and signed, with its title burnished with 24 kt gold by the artist.

Each of the original thanka paintings reproduced in this portfolio was created with handmade brushes (some as fine as only eight hairs) and natural pigments ground from semi-precious stones and earth substances; their completion took anywhere from three to twelve months. Subjects in the paintings include a broad range of Tibetan Vajrayana subjects inspired by history and legend, ranging from peaceful to wrathful figures, from historical saints and enlightened teachers to celestial buddhas and bodhisattvas. 

Celestial Portfolio includes a rare print of Dorje Drollo, Pema Namdol's highest quality painting not previously revealed to the public.  Made entirely in the USA with the unsurpassable quality of giclée processing on fine art archival paper, this unique book comes with a personalized certificate of authenticity.

 

A prized collector's item

[Pema Namdol’s] ...work is meticulous and his paintings impart a unique dynamism and vitality. His special combination of contemporary creativity and flair with traditional authenticity and classical beauty make his works prized by collectors and devotees alike.
— Robert A. F. Thurman, PhD. Columbia University
 
Celestial Portfolio Handmade Silk Box