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Mandala of Enlightenment: The Dhyani Buddhas & Tara: Goddess of Liberation May 29 - July 15, 2014

The InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts (I.D.EA) gallery of Colorado College, Colorado Springs is excited to announce a major show of the final works of the late Massachusetts painter, Joan Bredin-Price (1943-2013). Mandala of Enlightenment: The Dhyani Buddhas & Tara: Goddess of Liberation showcases this artist's uniquely beautiful, skilled and contemporary rendering of sixteen male and female Buddhas experienced through the Tibetan iconographic tradition.

The Mandala of Enlightenment portion of the show exhibits The Dhyani Buddhas, a magnificent set of ten large paintings representing the five Buddha families (63 in. by 43 in.), previously exhibited at Amherst College's Frost Gallery and Smith College's Jannotta Gallery. The product of 3 ½ years of dedicated work, The Dhyani Buddhas epitomize Bredin-Price's life aim to deepen her spiritual understanding through her art. She was given permission to portray these images by Ven. Gehlek Rinpoche when she attended a Guhyasamaja initiation by Demmo Lochos Rinpoche at Garrison Institute, New York, 2004.

The other component of the exhibition, Tara: Goddess of Liberation, consists of five paintings of the female Buddha Tara, premier deity of Tibet. Having been introduced to Tibetan Buddhism in the early 1980s, Bredin-Price became a Green Tara practitioner, which in turn opened an artistic pathway to the creation of numerous images of Tara over a 20+year period, including The Twenty-One Taras, exhibited at Tibet House NY and Nacul Gallery, Amherst MA. The I.D.E.A. gallery exhibition features a rare Standing White Tara, a large seated White Tara, Golden Tara, Green Tara, and a single large painting of The Twenty-One Taras. Prints and portfolios of The Twenty-One Taras are also available. The ten Dhyani Buddas are iconographically accurate per the Tibetan thangka tradition; however, they portray the five female Dhyani Buddha "consorts" individually (not in yab-yum) and at the same scale as their male partners—the vision of a strong spiritual feminist. The goal of The Dhyani Buddhas is to awaken one's five-nature being through meditative and contemplative practice, transcending the hierarchical, gender-biased Eastern traditions of Buddhism. The preeminent world Buddhist art historian, Smith College Professor Marylin Rhie, wrote this about these paintings:

"Each of these five Buddhas (is) presented as a matched pair, each with their respective female counterpart. This (is) a creatively new and ingenious way of painting the identity of the wisdom and compassion aspect of every Buddha: the male aspect representing compassion and the female aspect representing wisdom… Overall, these ten paintings form a stunning set, exquisitely executed, astonishingly brilliant and beautiful yet somehow not at all apart from our own world. Though we read the paintings as iconic, they nevertheless exude a reality that is undeniably related to our world. These are remarkable paintings in terms of an imaginatively beautiful and evocative artistic interpretation of Buddhist imagery. Not only are they completely accurate in iconography, but also totally creative in their presentation that successfully offers a new "western" way of interpreting the Buddhist icon tradition."

Available for sale as a set (contact: nancybraxton@gmail.com), the ten paintings can be viewed at www.bredinprice.com. Bredin-Price's final wish was to find an individual or institution to create a permanent home for The Dhyani Buddhas: a place where both spiritual practitioners and members of the general public could experience the celestial Buddha nature of the five Buddha couples.

Joan Bredin-Price grew up in an artistic family on her mother's side, with numerous painters who belonged to the Pennsylvania Impressionists movement centered in New Hope, PA. Their world permeated her youth. In terms of formal training, she attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME) followed by the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 1965. Her paintings have mainly centered on the spiritual, more particularly the divine feminine. They have been shown at the Nacul Gallery (Amherst, MA), the former North Amherst Center for the Arts, Leverett Gallery, Tibet House NY, Smith College Jannotta Gallery, and Amherst College Frost Library Gallery.

I.D.E.A. Gallery, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache La Poudre Street, Colorado Springs. Tuesday- Friday, 12:30-5:00 pm. Opening reception May 29, 4:30 pm: Professor David Gardiner and Sensei Sarah Bender, Revealing the Mandala's True Colors: Healing by Opening into the Depths of Inclusiveness.

The Dhyani Buddhas
A series of 10 paintings on display at Amherst College's Frost Library Gallery from October 14, 2011 through January 31, 2012
See The Dhyani Buddhas >>

Check in with the Twenty-One Taras
An exhibition that toured Smith College and Tibet House, NYC in the spring of 2003. Look at the portfolios in particular.
See the Taras >>

Lotus and the Rose Tarot Sneek Peek
Get a hint of what the"Lotus and the Rose Tarot" looks like and a bit about what makes it unique.
See the Tarot Cards >>

New Work
Get a look at the new pieces that will be always entering here.
See New Work >>

Presentations
Will keep you posted as to where and when the next presentations will be. Maybe there will be one in your area!
See Presentations list >>

The Collection
See if any of these favorites are for you.
See The Collection >>

Kayla Komito — Traditional Thangka Artist
Visit her gallery site for another visual feast.
Go to the site  >>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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