Artwork > GARLAND OF SKULLS

Recently on view in a solo exhibition at Voltz Clarke Gallery in New York City, this ongoing series of fifty-one refers to the skull garland from the ancient charnal grounds of India. In tantric lore, the garland of skulls is an alchemical symbol of Enlightened Speech. It is worn around the neck, ornamenting the throat, which is the energetic center of speech and expression. Each painting in this series is an exploration of the dynamic energy arising and dissolving as an illusory play of Form and Emptiness. At the outer level, the skull symbolizes impermanence and the ephemeral nature of all phenomena. At the inner level, the skulls are the ornaments of pure Awareness, symbolizing the death of limited conceptuality and ego. Naked and primordial, at the secret level, the skull displays the deathless, primal force of creative potency itself.

Christina Burch edition prints luminous essence
Archival pigment on Hahnemuehle paper
32x32"
2017
Christina Burch edition prints matrix of mystery
Archival pigment on Hahnemuehle paper
32x32"
2017
Christina Burch edition prints Flowers of Exaltation
Archival pigment on Hahnemuehle paper
44x44"
2017
Uncatchable Dream, Untouchable Echo
acrylic on canvas
44x44"
2016
The Path of Moonlight
acrylic on canvas
32x32"
2016
Original Innocence
acrylic on canvas
32x32"
2016
Love Is Both the View and the Viewer
acrylic on canvas
31x31"
2016
Peaches of Immortality
acrylic on canvas
40x40"
2014
Butterfly Dreams
acrylic on canvas
36x36"
2015
Flowers of Exaltation
acrylic on canvas
44x44"
2016
A Trembling Moment
acrylic on canvas
30x30"
2013
Shuang Xi
acrylic on canvas
48x48"
2014
Luminous Ground
acrylic on canvas
44x44"
2014
The Blood and the Marrow
acrylic on canvas
48x48"
2013
skull with cherry blossoms
Acrylic on canvas
20x20"
2002
side view skull with cherry blossoms
Acrylic on Canvas
36x36"
2002
Sea of Marrow brain skull
Acrylic on canvas
24x24"
2008
Garland of Lotus, Porcelain Cheekwood
Acrylic on canvas
30x30"
2008
Nine Flowers Peony Skull
Acrylic on canvas
32x32"
2008
Sea of Blood tantric skull
Acrylic on canvas
24x24"
2008
Crazy Cloud Skull Ikkyu
Acrylic on canvas
2008
Snow Skull Jakuchu
Acrylic on canvas
22x22"
2009
sea skull
Acrylic on canvas
24x24"
2009
bamboo skull
Acrylic on canvas
25x25"
2009
Skull clouds sky
Acrylic on canvas
24x24"
2009
moon magnolia blossoms dewdrops
Acrylic on canvas
45x45"
2009
skull made of plum branches and birds
Acrylic on Canvas
60x60"
2010
puppy skull pile of puppies bonnie cavaliers
Acrylic on canvas
24x24"
2011
swarovski crystal skull crystal palace
Swarovski crystal on aluminum panel
30x30"
2011
flower skull
Acrylic on canvas
40x40"
2012
lily skull
Acrylic on canvas
45x45"
2012