Jojo Struys goes shopping

26 June 2010 - 9:23am Comments Off

From paintings to architecture, religions have been a source of inspiration for the art world. Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting, Virgin of the Rocks, best resembles the Renaissance genre in the Roman Catholicism era. Closer to home, Petronas Twin Towers channel Moorish architectural influence. But in a unique twist of fate, it is the ancient Buddhist art that has always been in vogue.

As TV personality Jojo Struys puts it, “There is something alluring about Buddhist art.” A self-confessed Buddhist art enthusiast, Struys admits that Buddhist art pieces have given her home a contemporary edge.

“There’s something very urban about the seemingly ancient Buddhist art,” says the 35-year-old beauty. Struys credits the striking colour combinations, simple lines and growing global interest in spirituality for the popularity of Buddhist art among urban people like herself. followed Struys to a Tibetan Buddhist art shop Kechara Paradise, where she met author and Buddhist art expert David Lai.

Watch the video of Jojo Struys’ visit to Kechara Paradise Bangsar here

Ethnic aesthetic

In today’s society, Buddhist art has evolved into popular contemporary décor worldwide.

“Buddhist art these days is seen as more of a trendy home decoration than it is a religious symbol, commonly known as contemporary Buddhist art,” David Lai points out.

Lai also notes that incorporating such an ethnic aesthetic to a contemporary design scheme is becoming increasingly popular among urban people. Struys could not agree more. One simply couldn’t get any more urban than Struys – a model, TV host, actress and writer, of Chinese, Scottish, French and Dutch descents.

Struys, who hosts an online show about Malaysia’s top bloggers entitled Project Alpha, insists that her artistic expression often marries the East and West philosophies. And the same can be said of her house.

“My multi-ethnic nature is reflected in the way I set up my house. It is a blend of East and West, which is essentially what I am,” she says of her design and décor preference.

Coated in delicate earth tones, the main concept of Jojo’s house is modern minimalist. Yet, Buddhist art pieces are to be found in every corner of her house – hanging on the wall, adorning the garden, decorating the table.

According to Struys, the allure of Buddhist art lies in its timelessness and rawness.

An affinity for Buddhist Art

Struys’ fascination for Buddhist art started when she saw a Buddha Gautama head sculpture in Bali. “I had never seen so many Buddha heads before,” says Struys.

She soon began searching for Buddhist art pieces in Thailand. Her favourite piece of Buddhist art is a painting of Buddha Gautama’s eyes. It is a canvassed oil painting, depicting a vertical feature of Buddha Gautama’s eyes.

Simple strokes of gold sketch the eyes against a solid black backdrop, resulting in a mystical painting that could work in both a modern house and a temple.

Gone are the days when Buddhist art décor was synonymous with garish Oriental accents. Contemporary Buddhist art today advocate subtleness, with bold strokes and simple lines. Think Zen!

Jojo Struys

Struys admits that there is something therapeutic about Buddhist art. She favours contemporary Buddhist art such as paintings that feature bold, albeit simple strokes of vibrant colours forming a sketch of Buddha’s face. When it comes to sculpture, Buddha head is her favourite.

Buddhist art décor tips for beginners

If you are interested in contemporary Buddhist art, like Jojo Struys is, here’s a list of things you should know.

  • Balinese depiction of Buddha Gautama is known to feature a bigger face and head, slightly rounder than that of Indo-chine.
  • Paint your walls with soft colours if you opt for Buddhist art pieces with strong colours such as gold, red or green. Such a contrast is key to achieving a modern Zen ambience.
  • Simple furniture would be great next to contemporary Buddhist art, but add colorful Oriental knick-knacks such as cushions or tablecloth to liven up the room.
  • Buddhist art sculpture can be used to decorate both your garden and living room.

Original article by Willy Wilson at

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