Artist and Feng Shui Master Kwan Lau (born 1938 Hong Kong) has been painting for over 40 years in New York City and Asia. His artistic talent is coupled with a deep spiritual focus through Buddhism and mastery of Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese practice passed down in his family for generations.
Art critic and author Nancy Princenthal wrote about Kwan Lau in ART IN AMERICA: "The Meditation paintings […] are all based on a circle inscribed within a square. Colors, generally just a step or two away from primaries, are made more complex by underpainting. Lau claims Joseph Albers and Mark Rothko as his nearest kin, and Kenneth Noland also comes to mind. But Lau's short, palpably thick brushstrokes and the density of paint layered beneath the surface are distinctive. […] The kind of quiet, steady inner focus of Lau's paintings finds little support in contemporary Western culture. Still, these paintings slip easily into the history of mainstream modernism."
Mr. Lau's paintings are based on the sacred Mandala (Sanskrit for 'circle'), with symbolic meanings in Buddhism and modern philosophical thought. The Mandala is far more than a simple shape; it is a cosmic diagram that represents wholeness, and it reminds us of our relationship to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw Mandala as a representation of the unconscious self. Jung believed the Mandala enabled him to identify emotional disorders and further work towards wholeness in personality.
Mr. Lau incorporates into his paintings a meditative consciousness, by utilizing thousands of brushstrokes in a meticulous process lasting up to 16 hours a day. He works with natural pigments and acrylics to express heavy texture and intense color. He has exhibited his paintings in galleries since the 1960's, when he met many other New York artists including Cy Twombly, Will Insley, Larry Rivers, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and James Juthstrom.
Artwork © Kwan Lau