Crystalline Shore 1

This spiritual surrealist painting symbolizes another step in the Journeyer’s quest for Ultimate Enlightenment. He is gazing at crystalline circular forms, based on sacred geometry, which are symbolic of the One which is All. This is the Utopian vision, our soul’s true Home. The light body of the Journeyer represents both the evanescence of the human body and at the same time, the light of pure Awareness. Jesus said: “when your eye becomes single, your whole body will be filled with light.”

The Journeyer can be seen in another work, “Atomic Threshold” on my website in the New Works Gallery. Both of these works are available as signed limited edition prints on archival paper or canvas.

Spiritual surrealism is a loose term which includes a wide range of styles of art. An image search online will yield everything from New Age paintings to obvious imitations of the original surrealist masters. Yet there is little actual spiritual reference, aside from the occasional third eye, or beams of light, etc. How can this sub genre be clearly defined or quantified when, by its very nature and subject matter, it is mysterious and limitless? Is it possible in our time, when art can literally be anything, to define an emerging Spiritual Surrealist movement? Who are the true pioneers out there expanding the boundaries of this important field? Who will create the new definition of a genre that may defy description?

Much of my work could be termed “spiritual,” for instance the Mandalas, my Zen and Buddhist art, perhaps some of the mythological paintings, but are they surrealistic? I think not. To my mind, surrealism plays with space and time, relating disparate elements, and morphing forms into one another. It is surprising, perhaps shocking, out of the ordinary, a fantastic scene or something which stretches the mind beyond its normal boundaries.

I highly recommend the movie “Arena,” a documentary on YouTube in seven parts about Salvador Dali. At one phase of his life he began to paint more mystical images, rich with Christian symbology. Yet when he is asked about his faith he says that he still has doubts about the existence of God. Dali cultivated his own mythology and created a surrealistic persona. However his genius was making real the symbolism of the unconscious mind. He was not a sojourner of the  soul realm.

A question for all you artists out there…..when creating a new piece is it possible to transcend artist’s ego, to let it go? Can one become pure creativity? Could the spiritual surrealist soul create itself?

More thoughts to follow. Stay tuned.

Thank you for visiting my artist ego……