An exhibition of drawings and paintings by Sri Chinmoy
- With singing, poetry and light refreshments
- Register your attendance on 9242 7304
Viewing Times (Free Entry)
- Tue to Fri 10am – 2pm
- Sat 10am – 2pm
Birds and flight have inspired humanity throughout history as a symbol of freedom and peace. One person who was no exception, was Indian artist Sri Chinmoy. He painted over 16 million birds in his lifetime. A selection of his bird drawings and abstract paintings are being exhibited at Joondalup’s Blender Gallery from May 4th to 31st May. None of the art is for sale and it aims to promote peace, hope and friendship.
The artist, Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) who was also an athlete, prolific poet and musician, chose birds as his main artistic motif because of the inspiration they gave him. “The caged bird,” he said, “is crying for freedom. The uncaged bird is striving for peace.”
Sri Chinmoy learnt to meditate for up to 8 hours a day when he was still a child and applies this skill when painting. His art has previously been exhibited at Parliament House Canberra, the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital, Carousel De Louvre in Paris and Commonwealth Institute in London and has drawn comments from luminaries such as Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev and Mother Teresa. Said Nelson Mandela “Within each of us lies the power to build a world where we respect each other’s beliefs, understand each other’s culture and support each other’s values – a world where hatred, pain and suffering have no place. This is the great cause of world peace to which my dear friend Sri Chinmoy devoted his life and to which his paintings are dedicated.”
The art is on display until May 31st, entry is free.