About the artist
Wirat Sukprem was born in the north of Thailand, but her home is now in Melbourne, Australia.
She started to paint mandalas in 2008, under the renowned Melbourne Mandala teacher Karen Scott.
She has been painting now for seven years and has produced 52 mandala paintings in total. 34 of Wirat's 52 mandala art pieces are now in private ownership, including several overseas.
Wirat believes that, building on the Karen Scott's teaching, she learns more with every painting that she does. "Mandalas are very spiritual, and I am always getting to understand better how to communicate this spiritualty by blending fusion art with the mandala art tradition" she says. "Often it takes time: it seems the subject has its own idea of what the painting should be, and until I can hear what it tries to tell me I cannot progress the painting".
About mandala painting
A mandala is a sacred form of painting originating in Asia, and is typically a circular or square motif which symbolically represents the cosmos and is sometimes used for meditation purposes.
It can also be understood as a multi-storey temple seen from above: the outside region is the ground level and often there are gates shown in from this through a rectangular wall at the four points of the compass; and as you work inwards you come to the first and second storeys and so on until you come to the centre which is the highest and most sacred part.
Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means "circle"; a mandala can have many meanings, and can also show a path, a method, a cycle of thought or action to help us figure things out.
Each mandala carries with it a multitude of different meanings. “I often find that the mandala chooses the person who wants it, through the way that it speaks to them” says Wirat.
When you hear about mandala, you might think about Tibet. Tibetan mandala painting, which is Buddhist, is well known, but there are others that are quite different, for example those from Hinduism.
A mandala is typically very detailed and geometrically precise and symmetrical. Wirat has a diploma in Graphic Design; the skills of precision in layout and fine detail that she gained through this course have proved very valuable in her painting.
Wirat has developed her own very distinctive style of mandala art. In her mandala paintings she uses fine detail and vibrant colours with a luminous quality, hence the name Mandala De Light was born.
If you are interested to know more or want to learn the art of mandala, please go to www.mandalamagic.com.au.