Window of Enlightenment at the Genkoan Temple
Window of Enlightenment at the Genkoan Temple

Window of Enlightenment at the Genkoan Temple

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Oil on Linen Canvas

84" x 84"

These are the monumental oil Enso, which are 7 feet tall.  First exhibited at the Harrington Gallery in Pleasanton, CA.  

You can read about the Enso in this book.

From the book:


Many means of recreating the process were attempted. Oil painted and then removed using solvent created an effect which although it had the simplicity of the watertype, lacked complexity. Directly painted Enso certainly have the yang immediacy of the watertype, but in losing the inversion, lose any hint of calming yin. Combination oil and water techniques, although interesting as individual works, lacked any relationship to watertypes, and were also unnecessarily technical. And so on.

In the end, the vital step was hinted at by Fontein when he brought over a news clipping. The simplicity of the technique is matched by a beauty that is really only contained in entire series of watertype Enso. End so the Oil Enso series was born.

The Oil Enso derives its effect from the statistical nature of the process of creation. The result is a perfect circle which complements the varied forms of the watertype Enso.