This one is called “Gnosis” showing a shaman conversing with his guardian angel in a state of gnosis. (I painted it a year ago.) The second picture shows a coffee ritual I performed on this painting 2 days ago (like a second functional layer superimposed on the original work). 

 I believe the original and true purpose of art is to visualize the invisible (aka to render forms of the formless). 

In my work I often employ gnostic trance to avoid conscious control over the creative process and to tune into the vast unconscious.  These are ritualistic paintings I made over the last 2 years.

Acrylics and mixed media on thick paper, size 1m x 2m. 

Note: Before I start my paintings on canvas (or paper) I mark the four corners of the medium as a symbolic gesture of magickally claiming this space as well as invoking spiritual allies (co-authors) for the creative process ahead.

ART IS COGNITION OF THE UNSEEN

The phenomenal  reality  is a mental projection of our conscious mind. It’s a 3D picture created by our sensory perception of the space that is around us. The phenomenal  space of the universe ammounts  to  1% of the total space.

Noumenal realities  are the rest 99% of the space and it is not comprehensible to our local 3D type of consciousness.

Yet we are able to ‘sense’ the noumenal worlds in our sleep as well as in other altered states of consciousness, i.e. hallucinogenic and mystic trances.  These psychological states dissolve boundaries of our personalities and thus allow us to percieve and interact with the unseen.

The first artist was a shaman.

The first art was a cognition of the unseen and it was created by shamans out of necessity to communicate ideas from the spiritual world that they had sensed during  their psychodelic trances. As they discovered the new strange realities , so different from the mandane physical reality, the only way they could communicate their  visions  to the rest  of the community was to start drawing them up. Thus the consumption of psycodelic plants caused appearance of shamanism and shamanism caused the first art.

All early art works in one way or another were parts of shamanic rituals, for example, the early paleolithic cave paintings featuring hunting scenes. They were painted by shamans prior the actual hunting trips to ensure a favorable outcome for the expeditions. The early shamanic artists used principles of imitative magick - that ‘like produces like’ or that an effect resembles its cause.

The original purpose of art was to explore and communicate the unfamiliar and mysterious,  and thus it was fundamentally different from the goals of pre-existing crafts and designs.