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Aum at Dawn£ 90.00 – £ 850.00 BUY
The AUM symbol symbolises the Universe and the ultimate reality. It is the sound that reverberates in the entire cosmos and in every cell of our body. It is believed to be the sound present at the beginning of the Universe from which all creation spawned. At the dawn of creation, from emptiness first emerged a syllable consisting of three letters – A-U-M (often written as OM).
The symbol has spiritual meaning across all Indian religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism.
The three phonetic parts of AUM also represent the rule of three. The holy trinity has many faiths built around it, and similarly, Aum represents all of these trios. This powerful syllable represents all that is and this trio links to many other aspects of life. This syllable is also linked to creation (Brahma), sustaining (Vishnu) and destruction (Shiva); Consciousness, unconsciousness, and subconsciousness; Heaven, Earth and The Underworld; Start, Middle and End; Dawn, Afternoon and Dusk.
By placing this beautiful AUM artwork in your home you are reconnecting to the love, peace and divine oneness within your own heart and throughout the Universe.
Here, the AUM symbol is represented by the artist using a technique called fragmentation.
Artist: Patrizio Landolfi, Original Media: Oil on Acrylic (mixed media)
Autumn Buddha – Rest£ 125.00 – £ 600.00 BUY
Inspired by the story of Buddha finding enlightenment whilst meditating underneath a sacred bodhi tree without moving for seven weeks. This piece, the fourth and final in the collection of 4 representing the four seasons of Buddha, the Autumn themed artwork of Buddha shows the natural beauty of gold and purple leaves surrounding Buddha’s peaceful meditation. The falling leaves are a symbol of the temporariness of all things and signal a change in season.
Christ Rising£ 200.00 – £ 525.00 BUY
The Resurrection of Christ, celebrated as Easter, is one of the chief doctrines of Christianity. It is a belief that on the third day after his Crucifixion, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. Followers believe that as death no longer had “any mastery over Him” it gave them a chance to be spiritually resurrected with Him and live a life devoid of sin to achieve eternal salvation.
“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
– John 11:25-26
Artist Jon Tomassetti recreated this blessed event in his serene artwork commissioned by Art-ma on the occasion of Easter.
Cosmic Shiva£ 130.00 – £ 600.00 BUY
Introducing the “Cosmic Shiva”, a painting by talented artist London based Karun Soni, depicting the Hindu god Lord Shiva, using acrylic iterations for a layered approach. The colours are reminiscent of outer space, coupled with warm reds symbolic of a focus mind juxtaposed with an all-knowing, all-seeing perspective.
This piece combines the themes of mental health and the teachings of Lord Shiva. Central to the piece, Shiva is seen to be meditating in order to gain control of his anxious thought. Here He represents the human condition. His teachings focusing on the importance of self-control of the mind, body and spirit in order to lead a successful life.
Gopala Krishna£ 160.00 – £ 850.00 BUY
Gopala Krishna is the younger form of Lord Krishna who was the protector of the cows and who played his flute, catching the attention of all of the Gopis (maidens) including Radha and making mischief with playful antics.
However you consider Krishna, either as the Supreme God or the 8th avatar of Vishnu, in this beautiful artwork by Giampaolo Tomassetti he is shining the Brahman light from his self-effulgent body. The grace of his form enchants all the living beings around him – notably the calf and the lotus flower. The music of the flute emanates notions of delicate forms of leaves all around and the golden background reminds us of the sheltering Brahmayoti sky (spiritual sky), not dissimilar to the gold background used in medieval gothic art when showing the holy mother and child, reminding once again of the intuition that all world religions had in history.
Guru Nanak£ 135.00 – £ 480.00 BUY
Guru Nanak, was the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus. In His eyes, every being is equal. He was an enlightened soul who walked this Earth to spread the message of God.
In this beautiful depiction by Italian artist Giampaolo Tomassetti, the artist uses a vibrant golden hue to depict His aura as being brighter than the sun. His meditative pose and gentle eyes reflect a quiet wisdom. In one hand He holds a white rose in his hand symbolising purity of thought and the transient nature of life, and in the other He hold prayer beads.
On the right a discipline stands head bowed in reverence to the Guru, holding the Nishan Sahib (Sikh flag) with Khanda emblem in the centre. This signifies the power of God, spiritual sovereignty, oneness and the unity of humanity.
On the bottom left of the painting, a Sikh man showcases his skills by riding two horses at the same time. His connection with the horses is strong and symbolises the connection every person must have with God in life “for the body is the horse, upon which one rides to God” says a line in the Guru Granth Sahib, the central religious scripture of Sikhism. We also see a crowd of devotees in front of the Golden Temple, the most important spiritual site in Sikhism.
Tomassetti’s piece brings out the hopeful message of the Sikh culture that we are all God’s creations.
Ma Lakshmi£ 120.00 – £ 450.00 BUY
The central figure in this piece is Ma Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity, who is worshipped throughout the year but specifically on Diwali, the festival of lights. Lakshmi, bedecked in the finest jewellery and a magnificent crown, all made of gold, is sitting on a lotus pedestal while also holding the flower in two of her hands. The lotus signifies fortune and prosperity. One of Lakshmi’s hands is seen showering earth with apples that are making the farmers prosperous. The golden backdrop that surrounds Lakshmi symbolises the prosperity that she is bestowing upon earth.
On Lakshmi’s left, the artist of this beautiful artwork, Italian born Giampaolo Tomassetti depicts Lord Vishnu reclining on a serpent, while She sits at His feet. Vishnu is the preserver and protector of the universe, and together with Lakshmi, they represent the growth and prosperity of the universe.
Tomassetti makes a clear distinction between the divine and the real world, which is depicted by way of aerial views of a field, a village and a temple at the bottom of the painting. The painting as a whole is an homage to life in the universe or the cosmos.
Medicine Buddha£ 135.00 – £ 900.00 BUY
In this painting you see, Italian artist Parama Libralesso depicts Medicine Buddha, also known as Bhaisayaguru, as a symbol of the healing process. It is that force that guide us in the awakening of the innate healing wisdom that is present in every individual. His meditative pose reminds us that we should look inwards to answer all the questions we ask.
On a white lotus, inlaid with the sheet of the moon, the Buddha of Medicine sits.
His healing body, a dark, transparent blue, is in a state of thorough transformation. In his right hand he holds the plant of Haritaki in the “welcoming gesture” (varadamudrā), and in the left the healing nectar for all, mind, body and soul diseases.
The butterflies symbolise the process, from voracious caterpillar to fluttering creatures able to elect the best nourishment, the pollen. His irises are gold, his gaze looking beyond any illusory veil and judgement, healing all ailment. He is surrounded by the sacred plants of shamanic traditions, as incarnations of healing aspects of nature.
The Medicine Buddha is here to heal all ailments regardless of their nature, this is the perfect time to bring Him into your home.
Radha Krishna Swing£ 108.00 – £ 650.00 BUY
Radha and Krisna – two names that together represent the greatest love story of all time. Theirs was a deeply spiritual connection that was bound by unconditional respect and love.
The painting portrays Radha with her soulmate Lord Krishna atop a wooden swing in an enchanted forest setting that is as beautiful as the couple. Italian artist Pietro di Giovannantonio (Prasanta Das) captures the two in a tender moment together, where they only have eyes for each other and their souls are united.
This sublime piece is a visual representation of a love that we must all aspire to.
Shiva and the Ganges£ 175.00 – £ 1,200.00 BUY
Most depictions of Lord Shiva show the River Ganga flowing from his hair, this is the story behind this:
There once was a powerful King called Sagar, who was about to conduct a horse sacrifice, to show his power over all of the Gods. Indra, the King of Heaven became jealous of this and stole the horse. He hid the horse in the ashram of a Sage who was meditating. King Sagar and his 60,000 sons found the horse in the ashram and began assaulting the Sage, as they thought he was the culprit. The Sage woke up from his meditation and killed all of his sons. King Sagar pleaded for forgiveness. The sage told him that he could take their souls to heaven and save the life of his grandson if the River Ganga came down from the heavens to purify their souls.
The force of the River Ganga flowing down from the heavens would destroy everything on Earth. So they sought the help of Lord Shiva. As he would be the only one who could withstand the power of Ganga, to break up her descent. Thus, Ganga fell on Shiva’s head, and he calmly let her out in small streams.
This painting is a depiction of this story, one can see the River Ganga flowing from Shiva’s hair, down through the lingam, through Ganesha into Gangotri (the source of the River Ganga on earth) and then eventually into Benares/Varanasi – the City of Death and Rebirth. The artist has included so much hidden detail within this artwork, leaving you mesmerised in awe.
Artist: Giampaolo Tomassetti, Original Media: Oil on Canvas
Shiva Nataraja – The Cosmic Dancer£ 105.00 – £ 800.00 BUY
The statue of Lord Shiva performing the cosmic dance, is one of the most iconic and enigmatic symbols of Hinduism. The ‘Nataraja’ represents enlightened people that have mastered their emotions, nurtured a balanced personality and understand their True Self.
Artist Parama Libralesso recreates this divine pose in his psychedelic artwork. Here Shiva, in his Nataraja avatar, is in the midst of his doomsday dance – signalling the dissolution of the universe with the closing of an eon. He is surrounded by a circle of fire, which represents the universe that is up in flames, while he remains calm. In His upper right hand, Shiva is holding the damru (an hour-glass shaped drum), whose vibrations create the universe. In the upper right hand, He holds Agni, or the fire that signifies regeneration or transformation – implying constant change.
The second left hand points towards the raised foot which signifies upliftment and salvation. It also follows the form of an elephant trunk, alluding to wisdom. Shiva’s right foot is trampling a dwarf-like figure called Apasmara, a demon who represents the negative aspects of ignorance and ego. Shiva is signalling the destruction of these negative traits in order for us to attain self-actualisation. The snake that coils around Shiva’s neck signifies this His mastery over being calm even in life’s most fearful moments.
The entire image of the Nataraja is an assurance to us that creation is not a chaotic and accidental phenomena but a guided and rhythmic movement under the mastery and control of the eternal self and that we too can become masters of our own movements and action by liberating ourselves from the limitations of our ego and delusion.
Sleeping Angel£ 95.00 – £ 400.00 BUY
This artwork by Italian artist Pietro Di Giovannantonio symbolises the belief common to different faiths, that we are never alone, there is always a guardian angel beside us – watching over us and protecting us.
Central to the painting is a sleeping angel, who is dressed in heavenly white and looks serene and calm. A golden ring of divine light surrounds the angel, who appears to be floating through the sky, as if in a dream.
This piece symbolises this intimate bond that our guardian angels share with us as they lead us to the path of righteousness. This guardian angel has descended onto earth from heaven above to protect its believer from evil and generate good and fruitful thoughts.
Artist: Pietro Di Giovannantonio
Srila Prabhupada£ 108.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
To commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of the Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness – A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada we are happy to unveil this new artwork by Italian artist Pietro Di Giovannantonio, fondly known as Prasanta Das, to celebrate the life and works of this phenomenal spiritual leader, who worked tirelessly to spread the power of Krishna Consciousness across the world.
In just twelve years, in spite of his advanced age, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe fourteen times that took him to six continents. His writings constitute a library of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature and culture. He wrote 51 volumes of books with translations in 28 languages, notably the Bhagavad Gita and the Srimad Bhagavatam. He established 108 temples in most major cities around the world and touched many people who can now carry on the teachings of his philosophy.
Das depicts Srila Prabhupada in a quiet, reflective state. His hands intertwined with each other, his face composed and stoic. He is surrounded by nature, and yet doesn’t overshadow its presence. Srila Prabhupada wears austere orange robes and sits on a seat painted red. These colours can be overpowering, and yet, in this piece, they are given a muted hue. This artwork reflects the teachings of Srila Prabhupada, who said humans suffer because of their constant struggle to conquer nature in pursuit of happiness rather than co-exist alongside it, thus creating a false consciousness. Material comforts are nothing but Maya, an illusion of freedom, when the reality is humans have never been as bound by laws as they are now. To break away from this illusion, Srila Prabhupada said, is to revive the pure Krishna Consciousness that lies dormant within all who walk this Earth.
The Nativity£ 625.00 – £ 800.00 BUY
The Nativity as seen in the Bible is a celebration not only of the birth of Jesus but also of family. This beautiful artwork depicts the birth of baby Jesus and has been created by Italian artist Jon Tomassetti.
The central image of the artwork is baby Jesus fast asleep in the manger with his mother, Mary and father, Joseph looking over him. A closer look shows you a miniature depiction of Mary and Joseph on their arduous journey on a donkey to Bethlehem.
In the four corners around the central image the artist has placed a few words from a Hebrew poem that say:
Blessed are You, Adonai,
Ruler of the Universe,
For giving us life,
For sustaining us,
And for enabling us to reach this season
This prayer, known as the Shehecheyanu, is traditionally recited on special occasions, such as the birth of a child.
TriDevi£ 135.00 – £ 800.00 BUY
In this artwork Giampaolo Tomassetti has portrayed the three Devis, the three Goddesses, the feminine version of the Trimurti. This holy trinity is made up of the Hindu Goddesses from right to left Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.
Goddess Durga symbolises Shakti (power) and keeps all evil at bay. She is often shown courageously riding a lion or a tiger, which is another symbol of immense power. Tomassetti shows Durga in her multifaceted glory through her many hands, which he depicts holding sacred objects such as sword symbolising knowledge and intellect and a conch through which she emulates the most pure sound of ‘Om’.
Goddess Lakshmi symbolises wealth, not only materially but also of intellect and knowledge. In this artwork Tomassetti shows Lakshmi holding lotus flowers. The symbolism here is that money just like water should always flow and never remain inert.
Goddess Saraswati symbolises knowledge. Here Tomassetti shows her sitting on a swan, which is said to have the ability to differentiate between milk and water and thus it represents the ability to differentiate between right and wrong.
The fiery red is juxtaposed against soothing white and gold tones, beautifully encapsulating the power of these three Goddesses.
Winter Buddha – Absorbing Energy£ 90.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
Inspired by the story of Buddha finding enlightenment whilst meditating underneath the Bodhi tree without moving for seven days.
This piece, one of a collection of 4 representing the four seasons of Buddha, pushes the boundaries of natures’ potential further. At night we see that the plants and weeping willow provide natural light and a source of energy for Buddha. This piece conveys serenity and spirituality, and being at one with your surroundings. With a similar colour scheme throughout, the Buddha and the tree become ‘one’ during his quest for inner peace.
Artist: Karun Soni, Original Media: Oil on canvas
Ganesha – Cosmic Dance£ 75.00 – £ 405.00 BUY
Lord Ganesha, the Hindu elephant God, not only signifies an auspicious beginning and good fortune, but also holds a wealth of meaning.
If you look closely, you will see the big ears and large head, a product of wisdom gained from listening and reading. The trunk and fingers curved into the shape of Aum, the universal sound that is essential to meditation. The belly and body depicting Mount Kailash – Home of his father Lord Shiva, with a line of elephants struggling to go uphill, symbolising the hardship of today’s material world. In his right hand Lord Ganesha holds the ankusha (tool used to guide) with the Natraja avatar of Lord Shiva dancing. This painting reinforces how powerful they both are.
Artist: Giampaolo Tomassetti, Original Media: Oil on Canvas
To read more about Ganesha – BEGINNING WITH GANESHA: ARTWORK THAT INSPIRES