Buddha Light Paintings

The Buddha Light Paintings series is based on the ancient sacred geometry that underlies Buddhist art. This geometry dates back several thousand years and forms the basis for many types of Buddhist art, including mandalas and thanka paintings. I began collecting thanka paintings over fifteen years ago during my visits to Hong Kong and mainland China. The paintings depict various Buddhist deities and are not only beautiful works of art, but are also intended as vehicles for meditation. During my research of this art form, I located several sources that depict the underlying geometry used by the artists. Different mathematical proportions exist for the different levels of deities. I have used this geometry as the basis for the paintings. Through a series of experiments, I finally settled on using light as the method to create the visual images. This relates to spiritual beliefs in the aura and light body, as well as my aesthetic concerns as an artist. While Buddhist thanka paintings portray a particular set of religious beliefs and deities, I wanted to take a more abstract and universal approach with the images. By using narrowly aimed spotlights within the three-dimensional software Maya, I was able to capture the essential feeling of the geometry and colors of the Buddhist approach and then create my own interpretation by painting with the lights.

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