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Life of Buddha
By: Miho Satogawa

Life of Buddha <br> By: Miho Satogawa

Our Price: $42.00
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Author: Miho Satogawa
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 5899559536

Product Code: 13521

Enter Life of Buddha, a colorful and magical representation of the turning of the wheel of dharma by Miho Satogawa.

This new graphic book retells the legendary birth and life of Siddhartha Guatama, The Buddha, in a style that is Manga-inspired but richly toned, with a refreshingly modern sensibility. Of course, the text is no masterwork. It rings of translation, with occasional minor grammatical errors and language that seems to dilute the impact of the art, but the reader will quickly learn to let the text waft past like a breeze and instead become absorbed in the visual story.

The most immediately striking element of this treatment is its hypnotic use of color. There is a chromatic progression to the story, which casts an instant mood to each plate. Satogawa uses fading and layering of tones in her backgrounds, similar to forms of Tibetan Buddhist art. The tones themselves are somewhat reminiscent of Tibetan Thanka paintings. The Thanka artists frequently used mineral pigments for their coloration, and you may notice the rich malachite greens, azurite blues and cinnabar reds reflected in Satogawa's color choices here. Though lacking the formal composition and juxtaposition of complimentary colors common to Thanka painting, many of the plates still have a feeling similar to it, with the prominent central Buddha image leaping out from a field of soft, varying light-toned space. Many of the pages create a feeling of peace, of balanced energy, even viewed from across the room.

Life of Buddha, Miho Satogawa, Dragon, Hardcover, 442.00

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