"I think of works of art as what the ancient Celts called 'thin places' - places where the veil between 'the sacred' and the mundane may be so fine that they touch. As an artist I am trying to create objects and images that point both ways - that hold the ordinariness of our humanity while recognising and revealing the transcendent nature of all things and all experience. To explore, dwell in and share this perspective - the extraordinary nature of the ordinary - is why I am an artist.
Each image, triptych or series I make is a process of coming into a fuller relationship with experience, based around a figure, an object, a place, a moment, a memory. My work comes from a figurative and abstract expressionist background and I am seeking to explore and merge both in my current work. This process involves reflection, research, meditation and time, and the final work may include text and video as well as drawing and painting. It is this process of touching a deeper, more authentic relationship with experience that is paramount for me as an artist. The value of the final work is found not only in the aesthetics, and in the images contained in the paintings, but also in the degree to which the creative process illumines the work. My hope is that in contemplating the paintings others will touch a place of deep authenticity - within the work and within themselves".
Moksananda is an English painter and maker of images living just outside Valencia, Spain, where he has lived for 35 years. He is largely self-taught, though he studied drawing with Gaia Art Academy in Valencia and painting with Barry John Raybould at the Virtual Art Academy. He also studied film making with New York based Lights Film School. In 2019 he had his first solo exhibition in Barcelona. In 2021 he studied under American Abstract Expressionist painter Ty Nathan Clark and was accepted into the Manchester 2020 VR Group exhibition. His work has been featured on webpages and used on book covers.
In 1985 he was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order and later founded the Valencia Buddhist Centre in Spain. For over 30 years he worked and travelled extensively in the hispanic world, teaching and supporting others on the Buddhist path while deepening his own practice and understanding. He has given hundreds of talks, classes and retreats to people from all walks of life and ages, and been a friend to many.
Dedicated now full-time to painting and image making, his life as a meditator and practising Buddhist feed into his work. His paintings are held in private collections in Spain, Mexico, the UK, Cyprus and Holland.
He currently lives with his wife and daughter near Valencia, where he has his studio.
Individual exhibition Remember the pearl
CBTB, Barcelona 22 October 2019 to 28 February 2020
2020 Mundoarti VR exhibition
2021 Manchester 2020 VR exhibition (Dec-Jan)
2021 July/August Featured Artist at soulatplay.com
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