Tag Archive: spiritual surrealism

Red Moon Six

Red Moon Six

Full Moon in Leo, sign of creativity, coming up in a few days.

‘Red Moon Six’ is a Spiritual Surrealist work that not only symbolizes the creative process, but is itself an ongoing process. The red lizard represents transformation, born from the moon goddess’s mind. Born in 2005, the painting continued to evolve with elements added and deleted over the ensuing years.

The beauty of working digital media is that one can save different versions of the same work, or completely change any or all elements at any time.

Forms created today may find infinite life on the Web. Art has truly slipped the bonds of time.


Red Magus

Red Magus

Another Spiritual Surrealist painting from The Saga of the Journeyer, who is creating swirls and spheres and circles of pure energy, while joy, wisdom, love, and peace arise from absolute no-thingness.

Spiritual Surrealism

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……

Rene and Me

Homage to Rene Magritte

This is on the heels of the previous post relating to my choice of artist brand or logo. In the Asian art tradition it is customary to create a stamp to go on each print or original. work. The Inglis apple core logo is my digital stamp or “chop.” I created this work before my website got launched in Nov ’08, over three years ago. The idea behind the title “Homage to Rene Magritte” was to honour a man who amazed me with his work as far back as the Sixties. Yes I do actually remember the 60’s. Having read through Taschen’s excellent book on Magritte I came to realize that he had a vision of realtiy that was very plastic, and very childlike in the best sense. Yes, a train could emerge from a fireplace. It could really rain bowler hatted men. And a single apple could eclipse a room. Depends on the position and perspective of the observer. He had a very Zen-like view of reality, although I doubt he would want to put any label like “Zen” on his work. I’m not sure he even liked the term surrealism. His painting of a pipe, titled “This is not a pipe” completely rips off all the labels. As Frank Zappa once sang “Lick my decals off, baby.” Right on Frank and Rene and  Zen, too. Because the great Chan (zen) teachers, in their infinite compassion and deep wisdom really want us to let go of all concepts, to see the shining non-relative completeness of everything.

So this is my humble attempt to do something Magritte-esque (another label, non?) A rain of apple cores. If you visit the website you will se an animated version of this work. Enjoy. And please, whatever you do, don’t label it good or bad.

If you are interested in the deeper significance of the choice of an apple core for my artist logo please see the previous post: Inglis, Ego and the Applecore Logo. Thanks for showing up on MyArtistEgo.

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