Chinmoy art on show


Grahak Cunningham at Cafe Denada in Mt Pleasant which is exhibiting art by Sri Chinmoy. Picture: Matt Jelonek          www.communitypix.com.au   d450571
Grahak Cunningham at Cafe Denada in Mt Pleasant which is exhibiting art by Sri Chinmoy. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d450571

Now it is on display at Cafe Denada in Mt Pleasant.

Curator Grahak Cunningham said he was happy to be displaying the work in more common surrounds and spreading Chinmoy’s message of peace to as many people as possible.

“The art is being exhibited in really prestigious venues but it is not for sale so we are not restricted by venues,” he said.

“We like to use places that are frequented by people who wouldn’t usually visit galleries so they can enjoy the art also.

“Cafe Denada has a really fantastic hanging space for local and international artists.”

Chinmoy (1931-2007) was a well-known Indian spiritual master who moved to New York in 1964.

He was most well known as a composer and musician and felt that creative pursuits could offer a positive way to inspire humanity.

All pieces carry Chinmoy’s signature birds.

None of the art is for sale, instead dedicated to helping foster the feeling that everybody is part of the same world family, which the birds and colourful abstract works represent.

The art has drawn comments from humanitarians and Nobel Peace laureates such as Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and Mikhail Gorbachev which are also displayed alongside the art.

“Within each of us lies the power to build a world where we respect each other’s beliefs, understand each other’s culture and support each other’s values – a world where hatred, pain and suffering have no place,” Mr Cunningham said.

“That is the great cause of world peace to which my dear friend Sri Chinmoy devoted his life and to which his paintings are dedicated.”