Mythology

Eighty-four Mahasiddhas - Buddhist Tantra - Urièl Danā

The Eighty-Four Mahasiddhas: Understanding Buddhist Imagery

The Eighty-Four Mahasiddhas are historical figures that lived between the eighth and twelfth centuries that achieved great accomplishments. A more western definition is that a “siddha” is someone with magical powers and “maha” means above all others. How they achieved these abilities came to be known as the Buddhist Tantras. Commonly known as “siddhis”, these psychic and spiritual abilities have …

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Gage Taylor

Gage Taylor, California Visionary Artist and My Art Master from a World before the Internet

Tropical Dream has been part of my private art collection for over two decades. I apprenticed as a painter with Gage Taylor for 4 years, served as an USIA Art Ambassador with him for the US State Department, and we collaborated professionally on canvas for many years under the signature Taylor Dana. In his lifetime, …

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Sringara Rasa

The Marriage of Art & the Erotic: Together Again

©2017 Uriél Dana When an artist stops painting, it does not mean they’ve stopped making art. It usually just means they’ve said all the can say on a particular subject. Life can strike us with an experience and a new series of work can be birthed to the world in an instant. Painting a series …

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The Mystical Symbolism in a Gage Taylor And Uriél Dana Oil Painting

© Uriél Dana 2017. [dropcap]G[/dropcap]age Taylor and I rarely painted large oils. Hindsight is one of the three largest. Painted on multiple sanded coats of gesso on a surface as smooth as skin and in layers of oil glazes that create a multidimensional depth. This painting embodies every universal archetype from the East, the West, …

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