"Zen" by Nate Lonnen 24"x48" Acrylic on Canvas
How do I begin to talk about a piece that so closely resembles my intimate battle? Zen is the sister painting of Bushido, a commission painting that I ultimately created for a very good friend of mine. They both in ways are very similar but in essence very different. Zen is the manifestation of my belief of what true peace would look like if I found harmony within myself. This is the battle I wage everyday not only while I am awake but also and many times more when I am asleep. With this piece, I wanted to manifest the pivotal roles that these opposing and yet interconnecting forces play in our natures. While also, presenting the struggle between the two, resulting in the personification of this battle in us all. The choices we make define our existence and put us on different paths of self-realization and inner serenity.
Buddhism is a belief centralized around the idea of harmony between yin and yang (Zen). This is why I used the monk as the central piece in the painting. It is a clear representation of the whole idea around the Opposing Forces series and the idea of harmony is essential in understanding this piece. This monk is a reflection of myself as this picture is a representation of what I strive to achieve. It is no coincidence that the monk is sitting on a rock and staring into a tremendous moon. I use the rock as a place of stability and strength, while the moon signifies a majestic and supernatural type power. We always need to be looking towards the future and never stare too long at what’s behind. That isn’t to say that in meditation and contemplation you shouldn’t look inward and learn from your mistakes or history. But you should always strive to look ahead and towards the wider future and the bigger world.
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"The Abyss" by Nate Lonnen
This was a commissioned piece for Graf Brothers Flooring & Lumber, for an event at the Charlotte Convention Center. 4/28-29 2016.
If interested in your own commissioned table please contact us, Juliano has circular and rectangular oak slab waiting for buyers. If oak isn't your preference he can work with you to get a different species of wood. He can customize table legs. (980) 819-1762.
"Goodbye" by Nate Lonnen 16"x20" Oil Pastel on Canvas
"Fracas" by Nate Lonnen 16"x20" oil pastel on canvas