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Artwork

LE SILENCE EST D'OR
VIVEKA
PARAVYOMA
ANUTTAMAH
APARI
JNA
STILLNESS IN MOTION
DRASHTR
KALPA
MANDALAY
JNANA
SWAMI
Work in progress
Featured artwork May 2015

LE SILENCE EST D'OR

LE SILENCE EST D'OR

Medium
OIL AND 24 K GOLD LEAF ON STAINLESS STEEL PLATE
Size
200 X 300 CM

Three meters of stainless steel to showcase  a 12th century state of mind , with 5,000 pure gold leaves frozen in pigments.

The face of Khmer King Jayavarman 7, of Angkor Wat fame , is worth its weight in mindfulness.  Witness the Birth of Cool.

VIVEKA

VIVEKA

SPIRITUAL SECLUSION
Medium
OIL ON CANVAS
Size
150 X 160 CM

A visual "Tour de force ", using a special brush made from the thin hairs of a young pig's ear. We talk degree of absorbency.

In a twist of karmic irony, a human being uses animal parts to paint a khmer idol . When everything is sacred, nothing is profane.

PARAVYOMA

PARAVYOMA

THE SPIRITUAL SPACE
Medium
OIL ON CANVAS
Size
150 X 165 CM

Johann Sebastien Bach performed the awesome miracle of combining the liturgical structure of his works

With its aesthetic structure. The khmer statues i love to paint are my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

ANUTTAMAH

ANUTTAMAH

UNSURPASSED, SUBLIME
Medium
OIL AND METALLIC PEN ON CANVAS
Size
150 X 160 CM

Sometimes, the artist is priest and his brushstrokes are prayers. In ancient buddhist kingdoms,

warriors covered themselves with sacred tattoos to make them impervious to harm.

The face of this powerful 9th century statueis a tribute to this sublime body art. Tattooing is an act of defense.

APARI

APARI

TO GO BEYOND
Medium
OIL ON CANVAS
Size
165 X 165 CM

The most powerful Khmer monarch of all time, a royal dude, warrior and buddhist king.

Over eight hundred years ago, jayavarman vii reigned supreme. Goethe called architecture "frozen music".

This sublime face is what darkness is to art and silence  to music, transporting us to another world.

JNA

JNA

KNOWLEDGE
Medium
OIL ON CANVAS
Size
140 X 200 CM

Numbers: 7 lawyers of paint, 11 days of work @ 5 hours per day, 7 days drying in tropical sun and 9 semi-holy shades of grey.

Facts: the brushes were heavily trimmed, we had no sun for 2 weeks but a daily bottle of lynch-bages. Wine is the art of life.

STILLNESS IN MOTION

STILLNESS IN MOTION

Medium
OIL ON CANVAS
Size
120 X 155 CM

Series of events and persons pass before us, with epic fullness and dramatic movements. The liturgy of life. Its symphony.

And our tortured souls, torn by grief and love, at the end of the day all end up in the objective, calm world of faith.

DRASHTR

DRASHTR

THE ONE WHO SEES
Medium
OIL ON CANVAS
Size
150 X 180 CM

The golden boy again. He passed away in 1218, probably surrounded by a thousand topless bejeweled apsara dancers,

which perform only for kings and gods. I mixed oil paint  with 24k gold leaves in a messy but supreme shake of glory and decadence.

Khmer monarchs dwelled in gold. 

KALPA

KALPA

TRANSCENDING TIME
Medium
OIL ON CANVAS
Size
160 X 170 CM

The depth of emotion by no means needs to be religious. A painting gets its life by slowness of tempo.

To slow tempo belongs reserve and restraint. If the massive, the sublime often move us religiously,

this lies in its overpowering character. Faces like this have a luminous effect. We feel different.

MANDALAY

MANDALAY

UNINTERRUPTED
Medium
OIL ON COPPER PLATE
Size
35 X 50 CM

From an ancient kingdom where buddhism lives and breathes in every corner, here is burmese aristocracy of the mind, 

painted on a copper plate, a smooth surface that lends itself to fine workmanship and gives a luminous shine to the paint.

JNANA

JNANA

KNOWLEDGE
Medium
OIL UN SUNBRELLA FABRIC
Size
100 X 200 CM

A good painting is that which is more than painting. When spirituality and beauty are well mixed, their unity does not have 

to be discovered, but can simply be observed. And no, we do not experience it, we suspect it only, in trembling bliss...

SWAMI

SWAMI

MASTER OF THE SELF
Medium
OIL ON CANVAS
Size
100 X 180 CM

Paul Smith meets Jayavarman. The king of stripes whispers to the ruler of a empire that ones stretched from the Indian ocean to China.

Sometimes, art is frivolity, no matter how exalted its form is.  A myriad of brushtrokes, one for each concubine he raised. Edifying.

Work in progress

Work in progress

CITTANI
Medium
oil and metallic ink pen on canvas
Size
130 X 200 cm

This happens when you become intoxicated by the sound of your own music. I am burying the gold i was meant to show.

There is a lesson in there: a painting needs no content, because it is itself a world. We are slaves to its beauty.

Featured artwork May 2015

Featured artwork May 2015

ASANGA
Medium
oil on canvas
Size
160 x 200 cm

I use 17 different brushes, many of them trimmed . Oil paints are a mayonnaise of dry pigments and drying oil.

I do favor the winsor & newton brand. The colors most abused :) are

titanium white + burnt sienna + burnt umber + yellow ochre + sap green + french ultramarine + lamp black. Et voila.