Carmelo Blandino | on Tumblr (b.1966, Germany)
Where Carmelo Blandino has proved himself exceptional is coaxing forth of something deeper and greater from his subjects. His works unify raw, earthly sensuality with the transcendental, the ineffable: verve and vivacity interwoven with clarity and serenity. “My work is a continuance of the practice of the Buddhist monks who would bring a single flower to their meditation session. They would ask the students to stare at it in silence for a long period of time. Eventually, the student comes to realize that he is gazing upon his own true form: a higher Self materializes within the form of the flower and the flower transcends beyond its visual appearance. Recognizing that all energy originates from one source, the mind is elevated to a more enlightened. The student and the flower are one.” With his latest collection of paintings, Blandino has reached beyond his familiar approach and stepped into and adventurous and playful method of creation. His assemblage of flowers reveals wondrous, intuitive compositions, quiet riots of comforting colours and delicate dynamics. He has opened the doors to a new world of contemplating the depths of a solitary flower.
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