Visions from the Fields of Merit: Drawings of Tibet and the Himalayas

Sugden, Philip; Echert, Carole

Published by Floating Temple Press, 1999
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Beautiful book, very clean and nice, with faint evidence of something having been erased on signature page. SIGNED by the artist, Philip Sugden, thus, " 241/2000 P. Sugden." Message from Dalai Lama at front with photo of Dalai Lama with Sugden and Echert at back. Book is a compilation of drawings and studio works resulting from eleven trips to Tibet and the Himalayas augmented by journal entries and a few color photos. Printed on exceptionally beautiful paper. Sugden lectures nationally on art and Tibetan culture. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: 8 1/2" x 11" on heavy art paper (5-color offset) perfect binding. A writing by the Dalai Lama, Foreword by Ex. Dir of The Nicholas Roerich Museum in NYC. Reveiws on the back cover by Oscar Hijuelos (Pulitzer Prize in literature) and other authors. This is a book of artworks created on location in Tibet and Himalayan regions, as well as related works in the studio. Each image has a writing with it. The author has also written an introduction. All 70 images (most full page) are in color. The images focus on architecture, temples, landscapes, portraits, and larger studio works which are more contemplative and philosophical.

About the Author: Philip Sugden formally studied under the tutelage of French painter, Arnaud D'Hauterives, in Paris. Since graduation from the New York School of Visual Arts and the Paris American Academie des Beaux Arts in Paris, Sugden has made eleven journeys throughout the Himalaya and Tibet, including theForbidden Kingdom of Mustang.

In 1990, he and writer/photographer Carole Elchert were awarded grants from the Ohio Joint Projects in the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment to create a video based on their 1988 Cultural Arts Expedition to the Himalaya and Tibet. As guests of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile, they spent six months in Tibetan communities throughout India, Nepal, Ladakh, and Tibet. The expedition gathered images and recordings for the PBS television presentation and a companion book entitled, White Lotus, An Introduction to Tibetan Culture, (published by Snow Lion). He and Elchert are currently planning a second working journey through Mustang.

In 1991, Sugden and Elchert organized with The University of Findlay, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama's speaking engagement at the university, where both are faculty in the College of Liberal Arts. While in Findlay, the Dalai Lama visited Sugden's studio where he accepted one the Philips drawings. As the guest curator at the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York City, Sugden organized a six-month series of exhibitions, which included a solo show of works by Robert Rauschenburg celebrating the 1991-92 International Year of Tibet.

Sugdens drawings have been published in an exquisite, full-color book entitled, Visions from the Fields of Merit; Drawings of Tibet and the Himalayas. This large format volume contains 65 full-page images of his location and studio works and writings as well as a personal message by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Philips artwork has been exhibited in more than 50 solo and 70 group shows internationally in such major cities as New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Washington DC, Melbourne, and Kathmandu. In the summer of 1998 he was invited to have an exhibition of his work at the Denis Bibro Gallery in New York City as part of the World Artists For Tibet, art against Chinese human-rights in Tibet.

Besides lecturing nationally on his work and Tibetan art and culture, Sugden is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at The University of Findlay. One of his lecture classes is entitled, Art as a Transformative Experience. When he is not working in his studio full-time, he is usually somewhere in Tibet or the Himalayas working on new location drawings.

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Title: Visions from the Fields of Merit: Drawings ...
Publisher: Floating Temple Press
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Soft Cover
Illustrator: Sugden, Philip
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: Limited Printing 241/2000

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