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Mandala 2 (Leaf)–A Variable Edition

Presenting a variable edition of a hand-painted laser-cut relief print. The image is based upon a mandala drawing of the same title. It is currently on view with 24 other drawings and paintings at Mesa Contemporary Art Museum in my solo exhibit, Patterns of Obsession

Mandala 2 (Leaf); graphite on paper; 22 x 22 inches; 2018

There are currently 5 hand-painted prints in this variable edition (as shown below) and they are available to purchase for $750 each.

I plan to paint 5 more…in the meantime, I am also working on a 5-color reduction print with Brent Bond at Santo Press. I will post images of that soon. 2019 is off to a good start!

Mandala 2 (Leaf) VE 1; Hand-painted laser-cut relief print; 22.5 x 22 inches; 2018

 

Mandala 2 (Leaf) VE 2; Hand-painted laser-cut relief print; 22.5 x 22 inches; 2018

 

Mandala 2 (Leaf) VE 3; Hand-painted laser-cut relief print; 22.5 x 22 inches; 2018

 

Mandala 2 (Leaf) VE 4; Hand-painted laser-cut relief print; 22.5 x 22 inches; 2018

 

Mandala 2 (Leaf) VE 5; Hand-painted laser-cut relief print; 22.5 x 22 inches; 2018

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The Mandala Series: A Peaceful Center in a World Gone Mad

Mandalas have fascinated me for a very long time. It coincided with dreamwork and my study of Jungian symbols (of which mandalas play a primary role) and the vast richness that transpersonal psychology holds. According to Jung in Memories, Dreams and Reflections:

“The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the Self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground or, to put it in mythic terms, the divinity incarnate in man.”

In the late 80’s I made a few colorful mandalas using watercolors but have no idea where they are now–probably hidden away in a drawer of my flat files where they shall forever remain.

Then in 1992 I was fortunate to watch Tibetan monks create a beautiful sand mandala for close to a week at The Frick Pittsburgh. The monks created a Chenrezig Mandala which is a manifestation of compassion and was meant to be viewed as an architectural plan or structure. I brought my sketchbook and made a few quick studies of the designs but (sadly) I don’t think I took photos. It was pre-digital cameras–and cell phones were just phones.

Study of Tibetan sand painting mandala; sketchbook page; 1992

I went almost every day they were there. One day they permitted me to try using their tools and colored sand. As can be expected, it was much harder than I thought to get the sand to fall evenly in the designated area. Have a look at these beautiful photos of a Chenrezig Mandala–this mandala was created in Salisbury, England in 2013 is very similar to the mandala I saw being created.

Jumping to the present day, I wanted to create circular patterns based on my own version of repeating patterns within a circular (mandala) form. I sought to make a mandala based on quadrants but bisecting those 4 quadrants into 8 separate spokes to form a more complicated pattern. Are these mandalas representations of my inner self? I really don’t know, but I do think they are my attempt to create a sense of wholeness and a place where I can feel a peaceful center in a world gone totally mad.

Here are the first 2 mandalas (with detail shots) in this new series. Hopefully the third mandala will be finished today–there are at least a dozen more ideas ready and waiting in the wings.

Mandala 1 (Ribbonesque); Graphite on paper; 22 x 22 inches; 2018

Mandala 1 (Ribbonesque) detail; Graphite on paper; 22 x 22 inches; 2018

Mandala 2 (leaf); Graphite on paper; 22 x 22 inches; 2018

Mandala 2 (leaf) detail; Graphite on paper; 22 x 22 inches; 2018

Now completed–the third one!

Mandala 3 (Nest); Graphite on paper; 22 x 22 inches; 2018

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New Print! Feather Flower–Red

This is the first in a series of three prints. It is a one-color relief print completed this week by Brent Bond of Santo Press. Another laser-cut linoleum block, Feather Flower–Red was hand-inked and printed in an edition of 10. The second iteration in the series is being printed now and should be ready to be signed in a couple of days. It is a 2-color print in vivid colors of cobalt blue and chartreuse. The third edition will be a 3-color reduction print. Flower Feather–Red is the 64th edition Brent and I have completed in just 2 years–setting a world record, I think. We are on fire!

Feather Flower–Red is available for $400 (unframed).

Feather Flower–Red; 2017, laser-cut linoleum relief print, 16″ x 16″ on Stonehenge paper 23″ x 22.5″, edition of 10, printed by Santo Press.

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