True love never gets old!
I am Ritathe fairy
I wish to have love like this.
I am shedding tears
God I love old people
True love seems to be a part of the last century…Or where did i go wrong?
What is she like?
I was told—
she is a
She is like
the sun to the night;
a momentary gold.
A star when dimmed
by dawning light;
the flicker of
a candle blown.
A lonely kite
lost in flight—
The Library at Sakya Monastery
The Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism are renowned for their academic abilities and have historically produced some of Tibet’s most famous scholars. It comes as little surprise then that their library is immense and possible the biggest surviving collection of texts in Tibet.
Somehow Sakya’s southern monastery was saved from most of the destruction of the cultural revolution, so it is now regarded as having the largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist artefacts in Tibet. You can tell just by looking around how much of a difference there is between being here in a preserved ancient monastery with real ancient artefacts all around as opposed to a rebuilt one.
Sakya’s library consists of hundreds of thousands of volumes including multiple versions of the Kangyur and Tengyur: the teachings of the Buddha and commentaries on these teachings. In a glass box at the far end of the library room is one of the largest handwritten sutras in Tibet, written in gold ink on a scroll made of leather.
Our monk guide told us that apparently when all of the scriptures were put into these shelves they were neat and orderly, but the way that they now sit is a reflection of the state of world affairs. When the world is in a state of peace the scriptures appear straight and level, but as bad events occur the volumes tend to slip and become messy and uneven.
Along the main wall of the library room some scriptures could even be seen protruding from the main stack by 30cm or so, which we were told happens only when a major negative world event occurs. Our monk guide pointed out a couple that date back to the world wars, and have been left sitting in that way because when at first they were pushed back in somehow the scriptures came out again the next day. The monks believed that this was an auspicious sign that they should be left like that, and have hung ceremonial silk scarves on the end of them.
Stories of magic such as this are common in Tibet, and not a touch of doubt is held by the devotees who come here that these stories are truth. Of course the scriptures move of their own accord, why shouldn’t they?
Note: Photography is usually not permitted in the library room, and there are several signs in multiple languages that remind visitors of this. However, I asked special permission of the monks in charge and they kindly allowed me to take photos here.
What a rare treat to see!
New piece for the upcoming 13th Hour group show at Last Rites Gallery in NYC. This is the galleries 6th annual show celebrating the spirit of the halloween season. ‘Fecund” is 16x20” (excluding the frame) digital painting, mounted on board and varnished and will be available from the gallery towards the end of October.
Heres the full look at my contribution to the ‘Tarot Under Oath' project (as most have already seen half of it on the show flyer!), the gallery show will be taking place at Last Rites Gallery in NYC on 25th January and a full colour art book which will be released later in the year.
The project is put together by author Russell J Moon and artist/author/curator Aunia Kahn and brings together some of their favorite artists from around the world to create their interpretations of the major arcana.
You can view more information about the project at the Tarot Under Oath website and when the works are properly released- also be able to see the works created by this impressive artist line-up!
'Ishtar' is my take on the wonderful 'Empress' card in the major arcana and focuses on some of the usually inverted aspects of the card- namely strength through adversity, overcoming obstacles by being yourself and to rise to meet lifes challenges. Obviously theres a whole load of other great aspects to the card.. i just wanted to portray an Empress that has kicked ass to get where she wants to be! (and of course theres links through the etymology of her name here as well but im not going into that here ; ) )
The piece is a digital painting on cotton rag stock, mounted on board, varnished and framed. 10x15” / 15x20” framed (approx) and will be available via Last Rites Gallery.
My interpretation of Popeye’s girl, Olive Oyle for Corey Helford gallery’s ‘POP-eyeconic’ show which starts on 15th March. Heres a bit about the show:
On Saturday, March 15, 2014, Corey Helford Gallery is proud to present the most recent in our series of innovative group exhibitions, “POP-EYECONIC - An Exploration of Popular Iconic Characters,” with 35 of the top artists in the New Contemporary Art movement.
Participating artists include:
Aaron Martin, Ben Frost, Bumblebee, Carlos Ramos, Chris Anthony, Colin Christian, David Stoupakis, D*face, Eric Joyner, Hikari Shimoda, Jennybird Alcantara, Joey Remmers, Kinsey, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Lola, Luke Chueh, Meggs, Mia Araujo, Michael Mararian, Mike Stilkey, Nate Frizzell, Paul Frank, Peter Gronquist, Pure Evil, Richard J Oliver, Robert Xavier Burden, Ron English, Sarah Folkman, Sas Christian, Josh Agle Aka Shag, Shark Toof, Soey Milk, Tom Bagshaw