A leaping fish
And a placid sea
The first in a “The Reflections” collection of three artworks by Ashima Kumar to be released is Eternal Peace. These paintings represent three attributes of the human mind, the fish representing a leap towards spirituality. Collectively they symbolise man’s desire to reach his/her eternal goal – the merger with the Supreme Being
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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 weeks.
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
Spirit Element: Water£ 95.00 – £ 990.00 BUY
Water belongs to a series of 5 paintings in art-ma’s collection, each relating to one of the classical elements: Fire, Water, Earth, Air and Space. This collection created by Ovidiu Kloska, is a compilation of abstract paintings, featuring heavy textures in rich colours, resulting in contemporary artwork that is both fascinating and dramatic.
Water is a symbol of purity, fertility, life, motion, renewal, and transformation. Although the elements are significant across many cultures, in the Upanishad, an ancient scripture from Hinduism, it refers to the elements being used for spiritual growth.
“From Atman (your inner self) did space come into being;
from space, air; from air, fire;
from fire, the waters; from the waters, the earth;
from the earth, plants; from plants, food;
and from food, man…”
– Taittirīya Upaniṣhad
In this painting the bright bold colours of different shades of light and dark blue and white, with the big brush strokes of Acrylic on canvas, create a beautiful piece of artwork in Kloska’s series of the five elements.
Artist: Ovidiu Kloska, Original Media: Acrylic 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.