Wow! Here’s some 4th of July Fireworks for you! This painting comes from artist Alex Grey — a renowned spiritual/psychedelic artist & practitioner of Tantric Buddhism. Alex actually spent five years at Harvard Medical School working in the Anatomy department, studying the human body and preparing cadavers for dissection. His mastery of anatomy is clearly displayed in his painting.
The New York Times described his work:
“Mr. Grey’s paintings present man as an archetypal being struggling toward cosmic unity. Grey’s vision of a flawed but perfectible mankind stands as an antidote to the cynicism and spiritual malaise prevalent in much contemporary art.”
And while his works may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it would be hard to argue against the pure energy flowing off the canvas. One can only wonder what the bottom half of this painting would look like…
Alex and his wife are holding a Visionary Art Intensive at the Omega Institute in New York from July 29th to August 3rd, 2012 if you are interested.
Find more of Alex’s work here.