JP Art Consultancy | Abhayavajra
Abhayavajra has been painting, exhibiting, and teaching for many years since training at Wimbledon School of Art and the Slade. In recent years his work has focused on the essential elements of painting itself; the simpler the procedures, the deeper and richer the possibilities. Abhayavajra is an ordained Buddhist, having entered the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1995. His painting is not conventionally Buddhist - it continues to honour his western artistic lineage. Art aspires to something of a universal nature beyond cultural boundaries, and when it works helps us towards a truer perception of reality.
There is a mysterious paradox that lies at the heart of the painting process – the layers of paint that gradually cover the surface (and each other) are what eventually reveal the image and its meaning. Oil paint can be translucent, retaining unexpected hints and echoes of all that’s underneath. It can also be opaque, obscuring underlying layers until a process of removal uncovers the buried past.
These paintings are an exploration of this paradox. By means of a limited range of pure colours that condition one another in unpredictable ways, the results have arisen out of the nature of oil paint itself.