Essays, Articles and Quotes

Favorite Esays and Articles:

"ART IS LOVE" By Avatar Adi Da Samraj
This profoundly inspiring essay by Avatar Adi Da Samraj was written during the nineteen-eighties. It elaborates an overview of fine art that spans centuries of human culture, and considers the deep relationship between culture and traditional or sacred art. Avatar Adi Da concludes that art in its purest form is Love.  Download "Art Is Love"

"DON'T INVEST IN ART – If you want to buy, buy for love" By Paul Johnson
This article by the famed artist, critic and collector was written for "Forbes" magazine in 2008 and discusses the reasons a variety of wealthy collectors have had for buying art, positing the fluctuations in value and importance of works as a motive for buying art, against the wiser, more stable and passionate reason — the love of art. Johnson concludes and advises the reader that the latter reason is far better.  Download "Don't Invest in Art"

Favorite Quotations:

"The sensitive observer of sculpture must learn to feel the shape simply as shape, not as description or reminiscence. He must, for example, perceive an egg as a simple solid shape, quite apart from its significance as food, or from the literary idea that it will become a bird."

"A sculptor is a person obsessed with the form and shape of things."

Henry Moore

"To be naked is to be deprived of our clothes, and the word implies some of the embarrassment most of us feel in that condition. The word "nude," on the other hand, carries, in educated usage, no uncomfortable overtone. The vague image it projects into the mind is not of a huddled and defenseless body, but of a balanced, prosperous, and confident body: the body re-formed. In fact, the word was forced into our vocabulary by critics of the early eighteenth century to persuade artless islanders that, in countries where painting and sculpture were practiced and valued as they should be, the naked human body was the central subject of art."

Kenneth MacKenzie Clark, Baron of Saltwood

"I sometimes wonder if the hand is not more sensitive to the beauties of sculpture than the eye. I should think the wonderful rhythmical flow of lines and curves could be more subtly felt than seen. Be this as it may, I know that I can feel the heart-throbs of the ancient Greeks in their marble gods and goddesses."

Helen Keller

"To define a thing is to substitute the definition for the thing itself."

"Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented."

"There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain."

Georges Braque

"Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump."

Auguste Rodin

"In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it."


"The ecstasy of the "aesthetic experience" should be the primary and fundamental mode of participation in all art. Art is a dimension of human culture whereby people are enabled to enter into ecstasy--potentially transcending even some of the daily limitations and dramatizations of egoity, and certainly transcending the limits of merely social conformity."

Avatar Adi Da Samraj

"A bystander asked an equestrian sculptor how he did it. The sculptor replied: "I just chip away everything that doesn't look like a horse."


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