DAILY ART FIX: ZEN PAINTING by Sengai Gibon (1750-1837)

Art world links which caught my eye…

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Sengai Gibon “How old are you, dear Moon? Thirteen, seven?”

The website is a little wonky, but it highlights the surprisingly modern-looking doodled  parables of Zen monk Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) , accompanied by some baffling/amusing zen koans, such as:



This brush painting by Sengai is about the story of the Chan monk Tianran (739-824), a disciple of Shitou. One frigid cold winter evening Tianran was staying at a temple in Changan. Chattering with cold he took one of the wooden Buddha images from the altar and burned it in the stove to warm his backside. When the temple director saw this he was shocked and exclaimed,
‘How can you do such an onerous thing?’
Tianran replied, ‘I’m collecting sarira [relics from cremated ashes of spiritual masters] from the Buddha image’s ashes’.
‘How stupid to think you can get sarira from a statue!,’ retorted the monk.
‘Then please hand me another, it’s a cold night’, replied Tanxia.

Intense frigid cold winds,
Need fuel for the hearth.
Call this roasting the Buddha?!
Your eyebrows
and beard
will be singed off!

   See the full article here: ZEN PAINTING by Sengai Gibon (1750-1837)

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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ART QUOTES: Georges Braque

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A Zen Master disguised as a Cubist:

Georges Braque “Interior with Palette”

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“There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.”
– Georges Braque

Georges Braque (1882-1963) was Pablo Picasso’s co-conspirator in the controversial founding of Cubism,  but their temperaments could not have been more different. While Picasso lived it up as a jet-setting, exploitative celebrity, Braque plodded along, living quietly and honing his craft.

Not only did Braque show an amazing mastery of composition in his paintings, the man had a way with words. He produced a series of maxims, statements on art and life,  that could function as Zen parables or Koans, so elegant and simple they are in their observational power and often paradoxical presentations.

The art world could use more of the kind of patience, dedication and wisdom that Georges Braque brought to the exploration of his vision. Below are just a few of his penetrating insights.

“With age, art and life become one.”

“The space between the dish and the pitcher, that I paint also.”

“The painting is finished when the idea has disappeared.”

“Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry.”

“Truth exists. Only lies are invented.”

“It is the unforeseeable that creates the event.”

“Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas.”

“Scientific perspective forces the objects in a picture to disappear away from the beholder instead of bringing them within his reach as painting should.”

“A painting without something disturbing in it – what’s that?”

“Poetry is to a painting what life is to man.”

-Georges Braque

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Braque With Studio 4

Braque in his studio

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Braque Fruit

A Braque Still Life

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Georges Braque “Woman at a Mirror”

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Georges Braque “The Boat of the Flag”