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The Exquisite Geometric Art of the Shipibo: Catalogue


Shipibo Art - Unique Geometric designsAn inventory of my collection of Shipibo Artisan work. I have been collecting for many years and there are some exemplary pieces in the collection. I’ve assembled an 80 page catalogue of their beautiful work.

It is time to get these wonderful textiles and artisan work out of a trunk, and share them with the world. Many items are for sale, and a price list is included. In addition I’ve included an article about the unique geometric designs of the Shipibo people.

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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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Ayahuasca: The Visual Music of the Shipibo


Underlying the intricate geometric patterns of great complexity displayed in the art of the Shipibo people is a concept of an all pervading magical reality which can challenge the Western linguistic heritage and rational mind.

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Shipibo – Conibo Art Exhibition, Lima Peru 2002 – ‘Una Ventana hacia el Infinito’


Shipibo - Conibo Art Exhibition, Lima Peru 2002 - ‘Una Ventana hacia el Infinito’In 2002 the ICPNA held an exhibition called, ‘Una Ventana hacia el Infinito’ (A window into the infinite) of Shipibo – Conibo art in Lima.

This is a video collage of photos I took at the exhibition.

Soundtrack, Shipibo shaman Enrique Lopez chanting an Ayahuasca Icaro.

Click for info on our Ayahuasca and Yoga Retreats with Shipibo Shamans – www.shamanism.co.uk

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Ayahuasca – Medicine for the Soul Part 4


Ayahuasca - Medicine for the Soul Part 4Ayahuasca, is regarded as the ‘gateway’ to the Soul. The fourth part of this article continues to explore this fascinating plant brew from the Amazon Rainforest. Ayahuasca is the jungle medicine of the upper Amazon. It is made from the ayahuasca vine ( Banisteriopsis Caapi) and the leaf of the Chacruna plant (Psychotria Viridis). The two make a potent medicine, which takes one into the visionary world. The vine is an inhibitor, which contains harmala and harmaline among other alkaloids, and the leaf contains vision-inducing alkaloids. As with all natural medicines, it is a mixture of many alkaloids that makes their unique properties.

I discovered that Ayahuasca is a medicine, so unlike the Western understanding, a medicine which works on every level, on the physical and non-physical beings, our consciousness, our emotions, and our spirit. It is as if you are drinking not just a liquid brew but imbibing an ‘other’ intelligence which knows exactly what is needed to help you. This is a communion in the true sense of the word, an intense experience of euphoria and ecstasy. A journey of deep and profoundly meaningful personal and trans-personal insights , a searchlight on the hidden thoughts and feelings in the sub-conscious mind, an erasing of the ego boundaries and a merging with the greater field of consciousness of creation.

The was more and more to experience, dieting some of the teacher plants such as Ajo Sacha and Guyasa, I felt my senses being altered , expanded in some ineffable way, and becoming aware of the song, the very rhythm of the rainforest. There was sound, smells, and sights around me, which I had not been aware of in my normal everyday waking state. I could zoom in on smells, and sound, I realised that the rainforest was one entity with the insects, birds, and animals being a part of the totality of the rainforest. I am in paradise when lying in my hammock; it is like floating within a living three-dimensional sensorial experience of sound, colour, smell, movement, and vibration all in harmony and great beauty.

The work with the visionary plants not only provides a philosophical frame of reference for my life so to speak, but is also a path for deep soul healing, and generates a desire to engage fully and with enthusiasm the world around me. Celestial visions are always very nice and pleasing but they must never cloud, disguise, or distract our real purpose to live in the full embodiment of being a human on this beautiful planet and striving to enrich that special and unique experience, our ‘earth walk’. I recall some years ago when I led a group to the Amazon Rainforest, our initial gathering with our shaman Javier Arevalo so we could all introduce ourselves. Javier was very curious about Westerners, and was interested in knowing what we were searching for with the visionary plants. One participant stood up and said she wanted a clear and definitive understanding of the male and female principles of the universe, the cosmic “ying and yang” as she put it. Well Javier was totally mystified by this question, as when I have attended his sessions with local people who visit him for a consultation or session they ask about everyday problems and concerns such as “is my boyfriend / husband / girlfriend cheating on me?”, or “why am I unlucky in finding a job?”, “I need help to overcome this disease”. Well we worked with our participant to explore what the real question was behind her initial enquiry, finally she said that she was really looking for love in her life, and of course, Javier could understand this deep desire completely, and was subsequently able to help her discover and reconcile the inner obstacles, which had been preventing this.

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The Art of the Shipibo People – video clip


The Art of the Shipibo PeopleThe Shipibo people of the Upper Amazon in Peru, have a unique and complex form of visionary art. Underlying the intricate geometric patterns of great complexity displayed in the art of the Shipibo people is a concept of an all pervading magical reality which can challenge the Western linguistic heritage and rational mind.


click to view original article ‘Communion with the Infinite’ – the Art of the Shipibo

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Ayahuasca, Shamanism and Art – a video gallery of some of my paintings


Ayahuasca, Shamanism and Art - a video gallery of some of my paintingsOver the years, Painting has been important to me. It’s a sort of a meditation, in which I find (as a figure of speech), brings a unity to my mind, a balance of the hemispheres so to speak. I’ve put in the video some of my paintings both on canvas and three dimensional objects. My painting has been inspired by my work with visionary plants and experiences with shamanism. I’m delighted that my artwork has also featured on book covers.

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