Shenton Park exhibition promoting Sri Chinmoy’s messages of peace

AN art exhibition promoting peace that features comments from Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and former Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev is on display in Shenton Park.

The Art for Peace exhibition at the Little Pantry began last week in celebration of Harmony Week and has been extended until the end of this month.

It features the work of Sri Chinmoy, an Indian philosopher, artist, poet and musician, who created artwork to spread a message of peace.

President Nelson Mandela said about the artwork: “We are a single humanity. We must work together, united as one, to build a world of justice and harmony for all.

“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.

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

Art curator Grahak Cunningham said he brought the exhibition to the area because of its peaceful feel.

“The western suburbs are a great example of people from all walks of life, cultures and backgrounds living together,” he said.

It is a perfect place to have an exhibition that promotes peace and friendship.”

The art – none of which is for sale – is imbued with colour and a positive motif, aiming to inspire and uplift the viewer with its inspiring use of bright, joyful colours.

All the pieces carry the artist’s signature birds, which Sri Chinmoy saw as messengers of peace and freedom.

“The bird knows no boundaries,” Mr Chinmoy previously said.

“It is a messenger of peace and freedom, born in the garden of the soul and taking flight in the heart.”

Sri Chinmoy’s art has been exhibited at Parliament House in Canberra, at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, the foyer of the United Nations Headquarters in New York and the Commonwealth Institute in London.