From brahma to shiva - Courtney Wallace

The people of the Hindu faith believe balance between man and nature is key to inner peace and enlightenment. This gallery showcases the use of balance and symmetry in hindu art through a variety mediums. 

"Rakta Lokeshvara"depicts Rakta (red) Avalokiteshvara in a meditative state. He is surrounded by many other Hindu gods as well as his father Amitabha rising from his crown. Symmetrical balance is represented best in this piece, the center is the god in the middle while you see a reflection of other deities on either side of him. Also, the artist brings emphasis to this piece through his color choice. While red signifies purity of the Gods while in contrast to the blue that means nature & bravery. Both colors are extremely prevalent in Hindu culture.
"Stele with 'Yaksha-Yakashini' Couple & Jinas" depicts a Jain couple with a child. The shape and size of the couple shown in this piece are very significant. While the two nearly reflect each other symmetrically on is a woman and one is male yet they are still thee same size. This suggests that the artist was trying to portray gender equality in Hindu culture. Both figures are detailed nearly identically, further strengthening this theory.
"Vishnu & His Avatars" depicts the Hindu god Vishnu in the center surrounded by his various avatars. In this piece the large figure of Vishnu in the center is the focal point. On either side of the piece is the reflection of the various avatars of Vishnu. The implied texture of this piece is rough and harsh which aligns with the mythology behind Vishnu as one of the original trinity of gods in Hinduism. He is one of the most powerful beings in Hindu culture and the rough texture helps with a sense of foreboding and mysticism when looking at this piece.
"Shield with Scenes of Hunting Lions" depicts a round shield with golden lions hunting on it. The rhythm of the linings circling one another helps give the illusion of movement in the piece. Also, the contrast between the positive space (the lions) & the negative space (the black areas) creates the illusion of depth in the piece.
"Manifestation of Mantra-Shakti" depicts a man in the middle of the drawing sitting cross-legged with dark lines connecting him to two heads on either side. The harsh black lines of the man and two heads in the picture contrast sharply with the bright orange color of the background. This brings emphasis to the center figure, making it a focal point. This piece also shows reflective symmetry on each side of the sitting man.
"Rato Machhendranath Temple" depicts a picture of the Temple of Machhendranath in red. In this picture the colors chosen have a strong connection to Hinduism. The reds and whites with the blue background draws attention to the point of the temple in the center of the piece. The multitude of angled lines help create symmetry while also giving the illusion of rhythm.
"Vairochana Buddha" depicts a representation of the Buddha in celestial form. Though the colors of this piece are muted the intricate designs on the torso of the Buddha help give detail & create texture in the piece. The lines of the designs seem almost raised & give the illusion that the torso is a rough hardened surface as well as adding to the foreboding feeling the 'celestial' painting suggests.
"Shiva Vishavarupa" depicts the omi-form of the Hindu god Vishnu. Vishnu is one of the 3 main deities of Hinduism & is considered the protector of humanity. This helps support the colors chosen; red, white, & blue, which are the most prominent colors in Hinduism. The bright colors also draw the eye and places emphasis on the figure of Vishnu in the center of the painting.
"Patachitra Painting" depicts a traditional cloth painting showing various scenes of Hindu life and religion. The jagged lines between each square of the cloth creates symmetry and balance between each depicted scene. The detailed lines & shapes of the individual scenes helps create a sense of realism in the piece.
"Buddha Amida" depicts one of the five Wisdom Buddhas of Indian culture. This piece has many examples of symmetry. The four points of the piece represent rotational symmetry, each side reflects the others. The repetion of the symbols drawn in the piece also help give it a unified & pleasing look.
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