The exhibition – Spring at smokehouse-- saw 50 artists from across the UK and beyond where different works of painting, print, photography, moving image and 3D have been on display. This exhibition was also shortlisted as London's best for April 2012 by 'TimeOut First Thursday', and organized in partnership with 'East Village London'.
Shrestha used mixed media on traditional Nepali Lokta paper to prepare the painting titled The Enlightenment.
‘Simhala SarthaBaha’, the theme of his paintings, is considered as one of the many earlier lives of Buddha when he was born as a merchant to a Newar family in Kathmandu. Pradhan community of Kathmandu consider him as their ancestor. Even today, Simhala SarthaBaha is worshipped as ChakanDyo in Vikramshila Mahavihar (Bhagwan Bahal) of Thamel, Kathmandu.
Shrestha, a computer engineer, did his first solo exhibition in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1996.
According to Shrestha, this particular artwork is painted in mixed media on traditional Nepalese Lokta paper. His works is based on research work guided by Prof Dr Kamal Prakash Malla (USA), Dr Bal Gopal Shrestha of Oxford University, UK, and Ishwari Maiya Shrestha of Dept of Nepalbhasa, TU, Nepal.
Those interested in art works can visit the exhibition venue at Forman's Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Road, Hackney Wick, E3 2NT.