Ron GANG

"My paintings are fueled by a bond to the land of Israel's Northern Negev at the desert's edge. The art I like does not try to be sophisticated, but is innocent, speaking with a quiet voice to and from the more fundamental depths of one's consciousness." In this period, the "art world" in my country is pre-occupied with "now art"... art that addresses current political and social issues. I would like to think of my work as art of the "eternal now", a state where one becomes engrossed in the experience of the moment which becomes an all-encompassing eternity. (This term is used by Alan Watts in The Way of Zen.)

"the Mandala Series"

These paintings are built up mainly from Arabic Calligraphy, the well-known sentence from the Hadith,the authenticated aphorisms of Muhammad, "He who knows his self knows his Lord (Man `arafa nafsuhu `arafa rabbuhu)." In a few paintings, is added from the Bhagavad Gita, in Sanskrit, Chapter Six, Verse 29,.""He whose self is established in Yoga, whose vision everywhere is even, sees the Self in all beings, and all beings in the Self (Sarababhutasthamatmanam Sarbabhutani Chatmani !! Ikshyate Yogyuktatma Sarabatra Samdarsana)." The use of quotes from different traditions comes to emphasize the universality of Truth. We are all children of the Creator, no matter to what culture or nation we "belong".

Mandala no. 1, 1993, oil on canvas, 53 x 86 cm., 21" x 34"

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88 Point Mandala no.2, 1997, oil on canvas, 55 x 89 cm., 22" x 35"