RISK

Peaceful Buddha with throwing knives’ Neon

  • medium Aerosol, kandy car paint, crushed abalone, horse shoes, throwing knives on recycled spray can panel with surfboard resin.
  • edition 1
  • size 120.00w x 48.00h in
  • created 2019
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Notes

COA: This work comes with a certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary

Collection Note:

RISK’s serial use of Buddhist imagery was inspired by his interaction and collaboration with the late contemporary painter Ed Moses, a seminal figure in the Post-War, West Coast art scene. Before his passing, Moses introduced and educated RISK on his Buddhist beliefs which greatly intrigued the artist. Fully inspired, he went on to create a piece for Hollywood’s Shep Gordon, delving deeper into this newfound Buddhist series. RISK is a self-proclaimed “Buddhist beginner” and draws inspiration from the religion while he continues to search for an elevated state of mindfulness. The Buddha represents RISK’s philosophy that people are composed of three modes of thought: right, wrong, and in-between (which he refers to as “our greater good” or “the real grey area”).

To RISK, neon is the most versatile form of artistic representation in contemporary art. Although the majority of contemporary artists use it to convey text, he believes its representational purpose is equally as strong. Enamored with the glow of neon, RISK believes the pieces take on two lives; one with neon on and another with the lights off.