Tantric Series

Tantric: The original meaning was derived from the word tantra meaning a loom, warp or weave.  This leads towards a broad understanding of the word tantric as: woven together, man to woman, humanity to divinity.   

 Tantric 1, 38 x 29 cm

Tantric 1, 38 x 29 cm

 Tantric 2, 38 x 29 cm

Tantric 2, 38 x 29 cm

 Tantric 3, 38 x 29 cm

Tantric 3, 38 x 29 cm

After several trips to Rajasthan, I chanced upon the book Tantra Song in which the french poet Franck Andre Jamme, celebrated the tantric art he too had chanced on in Rajasthan.  This was the inspiration behind this series of pictures which feature the bindu dot.  In Sanskrit, bindu means the falling of the drop. Each painting is anchored by a final bindu dot created, by the interaction between surface tension and paint, to provide a focal point of stillness to counteract the energy around it. 

The design of the paintings is based on an off-centre square, within which floats a small perfect circle or  bindu dot.  The square represents earthbound, the circle heaven bound and the two are referenced in the architecture of temples in India.  The paintings are created with a palette knife and a variety of tools, setting the stage for the elements of chance and accident.  Each piece of work is therefore unique and exemplifies the infinite variety found in repetition.

 Awakening, 100 x 150cm, Oil on Canvas  In 2018, the simple tantric pieces on paper were developed into this far larger energetic painting  where, despite its size, the focal point remains a simple bindu dot as the counterpoint to the vitality around it.                                             The eight images below are all 38 x 29cm, Oil on Oil Paper

Awakening, 100 x 150cm, Oil on Canvas

In 2018, the simple tantric pieces on paper were developed into this far larger energetic painting  where, despite its size, the focal point remains a simple bindu dot as the counterpoint to the vitality around it. 

 

                                       The eight images below are all 38 x 29cm, Oil on Oil Paper

 Tantric 9, 76 x 58cm, Oil on Oil Paper   

Tantric 9, 76 x 58cm, Oil on Oil Paper

 

 Tantric 8, 30 x 40, Oil on board   

Tantric 8, 30 x 40, Oil on board

 

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