Opening Reception: June 3rd, 7 - 10pm
At the UAS Mainspace - 319 10th Ave SW
Sacred Images is a series of bold, bright, colorful works by Brian Batista. Inspired by a deep and profound curiosity in Buddhist spirituality and Tibetan Thangka (scroll paintings) paintings, each piece in this series is a deity based on historical reference. These deities represent psychological aspects of the human condition. Each work seeks to convey a philosophical teaching through its narrative. It is said that the creation of these icons is meritorious act and that they will bring good visualization /focus and luck to the bearer. These works are intended to inspire beauty, reverence, curiosity and thought.
Brian Batista is a man of many skills and talents an arranger of things, a painter, sculptor, performer, media artist, mentor, teacher, animator, entrepreneur and magic man. He graduated with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design, with distinction and was the recipient of a Board of Governors award and the was the 2001 Valedictorian.
Batista exhibited in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts show 7 by 7: Rising talents at the Stride Gallery in 2009. He is co-founded (CUFF) the Calgary Underground Film Festival and an active member of the arts Community in Calgary. He currently teaches animation at the Quickdraw Animation Society and the Alberta College of Art and Design. Brian uses his powers for good...... like a true Jedi. His work can be seen athttp://brianbatista.com/home.html.