|These small paintings on found paper are made anonymously in India (especially in Rajasthan) by practitioners of Tantrism—some of whom are artists—to represent and embody fundamental aspects of Tantra, a vast and complex spiritual and philosophical practice. Viewing or meditating on these reductive and essential images stimulates specific mental and/or spiritual experiences that are part of Tantra’s teachings. While the images are centuries old with highly codified forms and colors, the paintings are packed with such a high level of the artists’ intentionality that they continually appear fresh and alive. Despite their didactic function, they also have a history of being coveted, both in India and in the West, as decorative objects and abstract art. Feature Inc. began exhibiting these anonymous Tantra paintings in 1998, as a result of the gallery’s research into contemporary Indian artists and art.
Anonymous Tantra paintings from the Rajasthan region of India.
All works 1985 - 2009. Unspecified paint on found paper. Range in size from approx 8 x 7" to 15 x 10" SIngle panel works: $ 2600. Diptych: $ 4400.
|Shiva Linga, 2000||Shiva Linga, 2000||Spiral of energy in the quite dark sky of consciousness, 2000||Bindu, a point or drop containing the undifferentiated absolute, 2000||Energy’s Egg, 2001||Dance of Energy, 2001||Shiva Linga, 2002||Shiva Linga, 2003||The dance of atoms in a Shiva Linga
Also: the alliance between Vishnu and Shiva, 2003
|An exercise to identify the precise shade of color, 2005||On the four directions, 2006||The spiral of energy in the sky of consciousness inside a Shiva linga, a male phallic form, 2007||A shaligram, or representation of Vishnu, with each region bearing its own spiral of energy, 2007||The Purity of Consciousness, 2007||The eternal race of the feminine principle towards its masculine homologue, 2008||Portrait of Kali, the Goddess, the “Black One”, 2008||Shiva Linga, 2008||Energy traveling through, and regulating the colors
of the world, 2008
|The Paw of Time, 2009||
Expansion of Bindu; the primal drop, 1985
|Expansion of Bindu; the primal drop, 1985||Expansion of Bindu; the primal drop, 1985||Expansion of Bindu; the primal drop, 1985||The universal manifestation, always in evolution, 1989||The three gunas: matter, energy, essence, 1990||The passage of the life-blood in the self and the world, 1990||The illustrious fish, 1993||of unknown signification, 1994||The Birth of Speech, 1995||Night and day - spiral of energy at center of each, 1998||The three gunas: matter, energy, essence, 1995||The world’s two poles united, 1997||In Search of the Center, 1997||In perfect silence, the spiral of energy turns the opposite way, 1997||The cosmic marriage of Shiva and Kali, 1998||Divine Love, 1997||A shaligram, or round form, 1999||Kali’s tongues, 1999|
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