by Shane Lewis12 July '18
The persistent relevance of the Buddhist message
Oil paintig depicting 'the awakened one'
The incipient and delicately outlined orbs in this calmative blue-green background suggest a harmonious cosmos that seems to emanate outwards from the Buddha just as his state of contemplation has a pervasive influence in the world in the continuance of the global popularity of the Buddhist way of life. Perhaps, conversely, the harmony of the universe and all its parts can be said to be the spiritual state to which the Buddha has attained, as the background colors in the oil painting permeate his form in the picture, the blues intersecting and soaking into him here.
The mood of meditation is enhanced by Virtosu 's use of browns and black around the face and its intently clamped eye.
The legs of the Buddha figure are painted with great delicacy and rendered in the form of the lotus position in meditation. This flower's great symbolic significance in Eastern religion can signify such things in Buddhism as good fortune and spiritual enlightenment. The contemporary artist 's choice of color for the legs is telling as the blue, red and gold in the Buddhist symbolism of the lotus flower refer to
With the artist's juxtaposition of the old and the modern, we are presented with a rare island of stillness, an ancient antidote to the increasing distraction of contemporary life, and the persistent relevance of the Buddhist message.