The abstract of Terra Firma reproduced here, caught my eye …

Comment on Artist’s meditation on the East MacDonnells by russell guy.

The abstract of Terra Firma reproduced here, caught my eye immediately, so I’d like to congratulate Henry Smith for the pleasure. I find myself more and more attracted to abstract painting.

I enjoy the Aboriginal artist Adrian Jangala Robertson. The Australian painter Ian Fairweather (b. Scotland 1891. d. Bribie Island 1974), once wrote to his sister Queenie:

You ask about abstract art – it is something I think like the Buddhist idea of suspended judgment. The mind is cleared of thought but not awareness. Always the purpose of art is to find its way through the forest of things to a larger unity containing all things. I often had the idea in Jersey that running over rocks (of which I was inordinately fond) had some psychological or psychical significance – to balance, one must run quickly from point to point. You cannot rest on one point.

It was why, he suggested, modern art tended more and more to the abstract – “to get away from our stricken world” (Australian Literary Review. 7/7/2010: 13).

I heartily agree with Fairweather’s impression. Exploration of spiritual values in abstract art is welcome and I hope it can be championed as a contemporary pursuit in all the arts. Thank you, Kieran, for continuing to invoke our interest in the Arts by your considered reporting.

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