Art of the Spiritual
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Existence had its origin within the Spiritual Realm.
To assert that Creation came into being of its own volition is to concurrently
imply that Creation emerged out of a state of nothingness.
Our universe had a distinct beginning. Consequently, the emergence of the Cosmos
must be the result of an intervention from a source outside of our own physical
That which may exist outside of our own physical universe must
necessarily be of a metaphysical nature. This leads to the conclusion that Reality
must consist of two separate, but interrelated realms: The Physical and the
Metaphysical. Furthermore, since it is evident that the physical universe could not
have possibly self-created, the implication is that our physical universe is the result
of an intervention by a Metaphysical Existent. Consequently, any and all questions
pertaining to the origin and state of existence of our physical universe must be
inextricably linked to the Metaphysical Realm.
Throughout the history of art, their have existed two prevailing ideologies. Raphael’s
“The School Of Athens ” perfectly reflects these two separate ideologies. In the
center of Raphael’s composition stand the two classical philosophers of ancient
Greece debating their divergent philosophies. Plato points upward, towards the
heavens, while Aristotle directs our attention towards the earth. The Spiritual and
the Earthly: The Temporal and the Eternal: The carnal and the divine. These are
the central issues of Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy and these have been the
central issues of art since the beginning of time. It is upon this premise that any
and all debates concerning art must rest. For it is upon such a premise (of the
dichotomy of the Earthly and the Spiritual) that all art must ultimately revolve.
Throughout history and in all cultures and civilizations, art has reflected either the
Earthly or the Spiritual. Specifically in the art of painting, certain artists have
attempted to address Spiritual issues and their interrelationship with the Physical, or
Caspar David Friedrich, Wassily Kandinsky and Mark Rothko were among such
All three of these artists were involved in exploratory aesthetic journeys. Such
journeys attempted to discover answers relating to questions of origin and state of
existence and they sought out such answers within the Spiritual Realm.
It is within this tradition, of attempting to explore the Spiritual Realm that my
work belongs. It is only through such exploration that answers to fundamental
questions related to existence will be found.
Art is a vehicle of exploration. It has the capability of exploring the Spiritual and
possibly providing for us a greater understanding of our existence.
If the only thing art teaches us is related to the world in which we are already aware
of, it teaches us nothing.
The artist must be capable of discovering aspects of Reality which others are not
aware of. Consequently, the artist acts as an intermediary between humanity and