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Illuminatus by Robert Venosa & Terence McKenna: A Retrospective

Illuminatus Book Cover

Illuminatus by Robert Venosa & Terence McKenna: A personal Retrospective

I was looking through Illuminatus, the magnificent book by Robert Venosa and Terence McKenna; due to my travels these last years it has been a long time since I’ve held it in my hands. It is one of my treasures, an elegantly finished book filled with exquisite paintings from Robert accompanied by the enchanting prose of Terence. Originally published in 2000, the book is no longer in print which is a great shame as it is a bringer of beauty into the world. Checking the book availability on the prices for used copies range up to $400.

Robert and Terence are regretfully no longer with us on the earthly plane; they have been inspirational powerhouses and beacons of illumination to thousands of people. Hopefully this magical book will be reprinted; so many more people can enjoy and explore the brilliant and sublime worlds of the divine imagination that this wonderful book offers.


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Vanishing Points: An exhibition at the Harn Museum of Art

Jimmy Donegan - PapaTjukurpa 2008. 180 x 200cm Acrylic on canvas

The Harn Museum of Art presents “Vanishing Points: Paintings from the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection”, on view at the museum through April 29th. The exhibition showcases contemporary artists who push and explore the boundaries of painting. Twenty-seven international artists defy the limits of painting by applying it to large-scale canvases, sculptures and found objects. These works combine to create a rich and exciting visual experience. The collectors, Debra and Dennis Scholl, have been collecting contemporary art for 33 years. They loaned the works for this exhibition, which represents established and emerging artists who work across the boundaries of specific media, providing proactive and new perspectives on art and culture.

“Vanishing Points also reflects a world transformed by contemporary science, technology and media,” said Kerry Oliver-Smith, Harn Curator of Contemporary Art. “Artists expand on historical notions of perspective and spatial orientation opening up multiple and interesting ways of viewing the world.” Artists in the exhibition incorporate the strategies of technology and media in the texture of their work including urban architecture, graphic and automotive design, comics, mapping, sculpture, photography and film. Vanishing Points is a collaboration between the Scholls, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami and the Harn Museum of Art and was co-curated by Kerry Oliver-Smith from the Harn Museum of Art and Gean Moreno from the Bass Museum of Art. The exhibition is made possible by the Sidney Knight Endowment and the Exhibition Circle. The exhibition catalogue is available in the Museum Store.

The exhibition includes the work of the Aboriginal visionary artist Jimmy Donegan.

Jimmy was born near Ngatuntjarra Bore. He grew up in country around Blackstone and Mantamaru. Jimmy has family links throughout the Pitjantjarra lands; his wife is from near Kulka. Jimmy brought his wife and children to live at Blackstone because of Jimmy’s tie to country here. He is widowed and has four children. Jimmy is a wonderful wood craftsman, his spears, spear throwers and boomerangs are prized and much sought after. He is rich in story and a strong man for law and culture.

Papa Tjukurpa Pukara

Ngayu mamaku ngura Dulu (my father’s country rockhole is called Dulu). At this place there are lots of Dingoes living there, digging up the water and hunting at Pilantjara rockhole in the country area of Dulu. This is Papa Walka, Dog design. Pukara is [my] grandfather’s country. It is a story about a sacred men’s site in Western Australia, south of Wingellina. It is a Watersnake Dreaming story. This is where the Watersnake fell down and his elbow makes an indent in the landscape. This is the creation story for the Honey Grevillea. Birds are really scared of this water at Pukara. It is like a “big boss”, this water.

Jimmy Donegan

Jimmy Donegan - Pukara

Jimmy Donegan - Papa Mora

Jimmy Donegan - Papa Tjukurpa Pukara

by Jimmy Donegan

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Seeking Shambhala – an exhibition at Boston Fine Arts Museum

Exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston opens an exhibition featuring 17th century and contemporary Tibetan Art.

According to ancient Tibetan Buddhist and Bon texts, Shambhala is a fabulous kingdom hidden by mist and a ring of snowcovered mountains, where the rulers safeguard the Kalachakra Tantra, sacred teachings about the “Wheel of Time” that, through practice and meditation, allows one to achieve enlightenment. The texts also foretell of a world that descends into chaos and war, and of one king who will emerge after the apocalypse to restore order and prosperity in the year 2424.

Shambhala is a Sanskrit word describing a mythical land whose exact location is hidden behind mist of snow-capped mountains, where peace reigns, wealth abounds, and there is no illness. The West was first introduced to the concept as “Shangri-la” in the 1930s book and film Lost Horizon, but Shambhala, in both physical and spiritual senses, has been part of Tibetan Buddhist art and culture for centuries. “Seeking Shambhala” explores this spiritual realm within the Tibetan tradition, and brings to the fore two contemporary artists’ personal journeys to Shambhala.

In 1906, the Museum acquired a set of 17th-century Tibetan paintings depicting the mythical Shambhala kings and the Buddha. Tibetan Buddhist scriptures state that there have been and will be 32 kings (we are currently in the reign of the 28th) and that the last will usher in an age of enlightenment.

The paintings have been recently conserved and restored back into traditional thangka (hanging scroll) mounts. “Seeking Shambhala” presents these 23 paintings along with Buddhist ritual implements, sculpture, and other objects, putting these colorful, complex images in context.

Also on view will be works by Japanese graphic artist Tadanori Yokoo, including his SHAMBALA series of prints produced in 1974. The contemporary Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso

Fine Arts Museum Boston Exhibition

, whose collage titled The Shambala in Modern Times was shown at the 53rd Venice Biennale, will also be represented.

Link to the exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum Boston

Gonkar Gyatso - Dissected Buddah


Gonkar-Gyarso- Modern Times


Fine Arts Museum Boston Exhibition

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March 8th – Elixir of Life presents Emanations visionary art gallery




Following the success of last year’s Android Jones exhibition at Hoxton Gallery and the inspiring visionary art gallery at Elixir of Life NYE, we are very proud to present a selection of paintings from the current visionary art scene.

 Featuring new and exclusive works by Luke BrownAmanda SageDavid Heskin and Aloria Weaver – forerunners of the international movement – as well as presenting our own UK-based talent, with paintings by Emma Watkinson,Daniel MiranteMark LeeBasia WiacekTimea Talian and Charlie Tailliard.

  Curator and visionary artist Emma Watkinson will speak about current visionary culture and its role in the raising of consciousness in these pivotal times.

With special guest DJs including Matt Black (Coldcut), live VJs and a presentation of live interactive digital 3d art with Mark Lee.


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The ‘Cow Parade’ in Lima

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The ‘Cow Parade’ in Lima, a set on Flickr.

In 2009 the ‘Cow Parade’ arrived in Lima, here is a set on Flickr of my pics of the vacas, taken in Barranco (where I was living) and in Miraflores.

It really was a fun exhibition with painted cows all over the City.

The invasion of cows arrived in Lima – translated from ‘El Comercio’ Lima Peru

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Korean Art & Culture

Korean Art & Culture

A fascinating publication from the Peabody Essex Museum, explores the Art and culture of Korea including Shamanism, and Buddhism. Also delves into the symbolism of the art – very interesting,  very accessible, and contains very nice colour plates.

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Traditional Shaman Art from Korea

Shaman Art from Korea

The Newsletter of the Korean Art Society 2009 about the Traditional Shaman art of Korea. The newsletter is an outstanding resource of information containing detailed narratives on the depicted paintings. Robert Turley the President of the Society, writes in his introduction;

“My reasons for loving Korean art are its unaffected sincerity, earthy soulfulness, absence of artifice, energetic sense of humor, and effortless reverence for and affinity with nature. These are qualities that are well expressed in the folk art of Korea. Art that is by and for the people and that is not art for art’s sake. It’s the same qualities that draw me to early acoustic blues, tribal art, and any other unfiltered and unfettered expression of humankind’s common yearnings, fears, disappointments, and triumphs. Within the broad realm of Korean folk art, shaman art expresses the deepest desires of the Korean people.The shaman’s art and implements, such as paintings, masks, and costumes are a fundamental part of shaman rituals to protect the home, heal the sick, divine the future, communicate with the deceased, bless and protect the crop, wedding, family, and newborn baby, and provide the people with a sense of well-being and purpose.

While the court ordained official theology and commissioned art supportive of it, the commoners, from a life really lived, created and through the centuries have held onto a most syncretic belief system that borrows from Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, ancient animism, and elsewhere, and that engenders a strong connection to nature and its energy. Korean shamanism encourages a healthy defiance against official dogma, and an open-mindedness and sincerity that guides the creators and commissioners of these powerful works of art. That is why these wonderful creations by and for the people speak so directly to persons of all persuasions even today”.

The Gahoe Museum in Seoul houses a beautiful collection of traditional shaman art.

Shaman Art from Korea

Shaman Art from Korea

Shaman Art from Korea

Shaman Art from Korea

Shaman Art from Korea

Shaman Art from Korea

Shaman Art from Korea

Shaman Art from Korea

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Mondrian exhibition showcases the London years | Art and design | The Guardian

Mondrian exhibition showcases the London years | Art and design | The Guardian.

A new exhibition of Piet Mondrian‘s work at the Courtauld Gallery in London, note sometimes spelt Mondriaan.

Composition Red Blue Yellow - Piet Mondrian

Mondrian has been one of the most influential artists in modern times, reaching  into areas such as design, architecture, Mondrian themed hotels and houses, and of course fashion.  His paintings are in the three primary colours of red, blue, yellow, with black vertical and horizontal lines and white.

“In past times when one lived in contact with nature, abstraction was easy; it was done unconsciously. Now in our denaturalized age abstraction becomes an effort.” – Piet Mondrian

“Reality manifests itself as constant and objective – independent of us, but as changeable in space and time. Consequently, its reflection in us contains both properties. Mixed up in our mind, these properties are confused and we do not have a proper image of reality. ” – Piet Mondrian

“To approach the spiritual in art, one will make as little use as possible of reality, because reality is opposed to the spiritual.” – Piet Mondrian

“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel”.  – Piet Mondrian

Mondrian Inspired House in San Francisco

Mondrian inspired bikini

Mondrian inspired bathroom

Mondrian Inspired Nike Trainers

Mondrian inspired L'Oreal products

Mill under the SunMondrian inspired Nike Trainers

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Nelson Garcia Jimenez – ‘Mi Gente’ Exhibition: Art from Cuba

Nelson Garcia Jimenez - 'Camp Adentro' (In the countryside)


Nelson Garcia’s exhibition – Mi Gente (My People) held in Lima Peru 2009. I really liked his work, and bought the painting shown here.

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Shamans of Peru CD – Review in Sacred Hoop Magazine

Sacred Hoop Magazine - Review of the Shamans of Peru CD


Sacred Hoop Magazine – Review of the Shamans of Peru: Sacred Chants, Icaros, and Ceremonial Music CD. Reviewed in Issue 36, Spring 2002


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