Archive for December, 2008

Significant Indian Artist Dies

December 29, 2008

A feature of Google News that I am enjoying is the ability to look at what is making news in other countries. Due to my keen interest in India I enjoy keeping an eye on the headlines there. Manjit Bawa, a well-known contemperary artist died today in Delhi. I had never heard of this artist until now. Here is a little about him from a contemporary indian art website.

Manjit Bawa was born in Dhuri in Punjab in 194 1, studied at the College of Art. Delhi, and did his diploma at the London School of Printing, Essex in Silk Screen-Printing. From 1967 to’71 he worked in London as a silk screen printer. A figurative painter from the beginning of his career. Manjit has achieved a summary simplicity of figuration, which is remotely reminiscent of Kalighat Pat’s and linear flow and modernist remolding of form we find in Jogen Choudhury. Yet his treatments of form is essentially tonal in contour closed and compact, without any trace of the gestural application of pigments in thick layers, unlike the mode mist practice. Perhaps the delicately graded tonalities possible in silk serene forming opened a new possibility of treating form and colour for Manjit, who worked it out in oil, giving his paintings an extra smooth porcelain glow. There is an undercurrent of Sufi mysticism in the choice of his subjects the idyllic scenes of love and peace and pristine innocence, the flute- playing Krishna and the cattle, predatory animals and men appearing together, etc. Manjit not use landscape elements, although his pictorial space is flat he defines the figure’s positions by visually relating them at different distances. The main charm of his paintings is the sense -saturating expanse of colour-fields which create space and define the contour of figures. During 1967-7 1, Manjit had one-man shows in London and St.Sebastian in Spain. He returned to India in 1972, and was for some time on the visiting faculty of the College of Art, Delhi. Later he had a number of solo shows in India and abroad and participated in ‘Contemporary Indian Art’ at the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 1982, “Modem Indian Painting’ at Hirschom Museum, Washington D.C in 1982, ‘Contemporary Indian Art’ at the Grey Art Gallery, New York, in 1986, and ‘Coup de Coeur’ at Halles de Ulle, Geneva, 1987., Manjit Bawa lives and works in New Delhi.

Here are some of this works. I espcially like his history of unifying Sufi mysticism with Hindu mythology.



Are we Children of God?

December 28, 2008

I heard this quote from Marianne Williamson on the radio today:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech

I found it quite intriguing and my beautiful wife stated that she liked the part about the Glory of God being in all of us. I like the part about people who are subconsciously unafraid of the Light of God unconsciously make others more receptive to the Light. We represent a miracle and we should not be fearful of our divine cause.

Minister with Ukiah Roots to deliver Inaugural Invocation

December 19, 2008

I just learned today from this Press Democrat Article that Rick Warren is a Ukiah Native and graduated from Ukiah High. I find it quite remarkable that this man has Mendocino County roots and that I have never seen one word written about it in our local paper, The Ukiah Daily Journal. Mendocino County has a very active LGBT community and I know Warren’s local roots is probably not something they are proud of. However, the fact that the man who is going to give the Inaugural Invocation for the first African American President, graduated from Ukiah High School is worth noting and significant for the residents of this area.

Bush Gets What He Deserves in Iraq

December 14, 2008

I have not been blogging for a while but this was too good not to post. Earlier today on a surprise visit to Iraq a journalist threw his shoes at Bush and nearly hit him in the face. Shoes are considered very dirty in this culture and it is very disrespectful to have them touch your head. I must congradulate the courage of this journalist, Muntadar al-Zaidi. As he was throwing the shoes he shouted, “This is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog. This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq.” Below is the You Tube.