The Morning Dawn
2012 – oil on canvas, 150×200 cm / 59×79 in
“To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour”. William Blake
We are born into a universe that has meaning and purpose. Nobody knew this better than the great philosophers of the past, especially in the East. Over 2000 years ago Lao Tzu said in his “Hua Hu Ching”: “The world and its particles are not separate, isolated things but rather, one small particle contains the nature of the world just as the world contains the nature of each small particle; the nature of each is the same”. This could be a statement made by a quantum physicist of today.
Long before I first set foot on Chinese soil I was fascinated by the Orient and China in particular. One of my early drawings, which I called “Chinese Impressions”, shows a similar scene to the one depicted in this painting. The boats on the lake, clouded in the mist of the early morning, convey a feeling of serenity and harmony, a feeling of unity with nature and its creator. They are like the revelation of our “intuition”, the voice of our soul, or as Einstein called it “The sacred gift”.
It reminds me of the story of an ancient Chinese sage, who was asked by one of his pupils to draw a picture of the universe. In three swift strokes of the brush he drew a circle, below it a triangle, and below them both a square; three figures we know from the ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras, where the circle is symbolic of the unbroken unity of Heaven, the square of the materiality of our earthly existence, and the triangle symbolic of our human consciousness.