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Traditional Narrative Art - Balinese Temple Paintings

Friday, June 30, 2017

The island of Bali is in Indonesia. While it can be described as an island paradise featuring extraordinary natural vistas and scenes of great beauty on both a grand and intimate scale, it is also home to one of the most complex and engaging cultures in the world. While the rest of Indonesia is Islamic, Bali is Hindu. However, Hinduism as practiced on Bali is endemic to the island alone. It is a mixture of traditional Hinduism as it is found in India, Buddhism, ancient animistic beliefs and magical practices prevalent among the Balinese themselves. Religion on Bali is filled with Hindu and Buddhist gods and demi-gods, culture heroes, mythological creatures, demons and personages from great epic poems, countless ancestral spirits, and local deities. All these are woven together into a complex system pervading every aspect of Balinese life....

Buddha Room Paintings – The 12 Stages of Buddha’s Life

Friday, November 25, 2016

This blog explains paintings illustrating the 12 stages of Buddha’s Life, also known as the 12 Deeds, as seen only in the Buddha Room at Primitive, Chicago....

Art of the Brushstroke – Introducing Seiran Chiba

Friday, August 19, 2016

Since the day Seiran Chiba entered a calligraphy school at the age of 11, her teachers had always provided her with lessons in the form of characters to write, which she replicated hundreds if not thousands of times until achieving perfection....

The Art of Faith – Mexican Retablos

Friday, June 17, 2016

One of the most delicate subjects to talk about is faith – yet everywhere we go, it is present. It might even be said faith is a universal concept, even if how it is applied may differ. One person has faith in one religion, one person another religion; one person believes in one particular god, another believes something altogether different....

Brian Sindler – Beyond Plein Air Painting

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Brian Sindler is an award-winning contemporary plein air artist yet his works encompass a far greater depth and complexity than traditional landscape painting. Conveying mood and emotion through evocative shapes, colors and the effects of light, his works never fail to capture the viewer's mind and imagination....

The Look of Love – Pichvai from Nathdwara and the Deccan Plateau

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pichvais are a high form of Indian devotional paintings in honor of Krishna, the Hindu god of love. Beginning in the 15th century, a new sect of worship called Pushti Marg spread through India, preaching total devotion, love and surrender to the gods, especially Krishna, in order to attain his grace and enlightenment. The creation of these bright, joyful paintings were considered a sacred act of devotion and were hung behind statues of deities to set the spirit of a season or festival. There is nothing austere about pichvais; it is all about love, joy and celebration....

Q&A with Artist Mark Westervelt

Friday, June 05, 2015

Mark Westervelt is a contemporary artist who works predominantly with dried paint. At first he glued dried up paint chips to his canvas to add texture. Later, when the science of paint changed, he created paint skins and applied them to a base layer. Westervelt's use of dried paint is a first in contemporary art and he talks about the process and his artwork in this Q&A...

Painting the Mysteries of the Great Unknown – Jain Artworks

Friday, August 15, 2014

Jainism is one of the oldest religions of the world, practiced predominantly in India. Its literature of doctrines and philosophy are as deep and mysterious as its history. Perhaps the most compelling are the artworks and paintings that illustrate Jain teachings, especially those of cosmology and depictions of the universe. Complex and oftentimes unfathomable, they are nevertheless beautiful like the stars of the unknown cosmos above us...

From Paris to PRIMITIVE Modern – Introducing Artist Bob Meyer

Friday, March 21, 2014

Years ago I collected the drawings of Bob Meyer, an American artist living in Paris, France. Bob is a theatrical director, writer and actor, but in my mind, first and foremost he is a visual artist. His pencil drawings always struck me as magical, almost hypnotic. He has the best line I’ve ever seen. In just a few movements he can lasso all sorts of feelings and emotions and tie them together. His drawings are ethereal. They sometimes appear as if they were rendered from the threads of gauze. At other times a single continuous line suddenly imparts movement, weight and dimension. ...

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