Morris Graves, Northwest Mystic Painter

After a prodigious creative output spanning six decades and being universally celebrated as one of the most important American painters of 20th century modern art, Morris Graves, who died in 2001, not only remains an enigma but is relatively unknown, especially to younger generations. In part, this is attributable to the fact that Graves himself retreated from the public stage; he eschewed fame. He believed that his artistic contribution had significance only as part of a larger vessel of creative visionary expression.

So it is not surprising that through his life he chose not to attend the openings of his exhibitions. Even as Graves continued to retreat into his beloved privacy, constructing his homes and gardens and making art, the extraverted world of abstract expressionism exploded in New York with bolder, brighter, and larger images and their celebrity-seeking creators, all antipodal to the contemplative , visionary world Graves owned.

Graves was a true visionary, a painter who thought that which is eternal. But the search, however, was not without conflict. The burgeoning encroachment of industry and the machines and mentality of human conflict continued to invade Graves' habitats. He continuously bought out places of solitude, both in the United States and in Ireland, finally establishing a remote habitat hidden in the ancient forests of Northern California. His path as a "secular romantic" from which he breathed in the communion of life's extraordinary essence was one of natural wonder. From within his gardens, the universe spoke. The inhabitants-small animals, birds, and Flora-fed his emplastic powers of cognition, the unifying gift of the imagination.

Recently, I was conversing with an artist who, a decade earlier, had received her bachelor's degree in art from a trusted New York university. When I mentioned the name Morris Graves, she appeared perplexed. She thought the name vaguely familiar, but she had no idea when or where he had lived and knew nothing about his work. Morris Cole Graves, who was born in Fox Valley, Oregon in 1910, was a self-taught artist who became, next to Mark Tobey, the most important visionary artist of the Northwest School. In the early 1940s, Graves' work was selected to be exhibited as part of the New York Museum of Modern Art's "Americas 1942". This event catapulted him to international recognition. Even so, Graves continued to retreat into his beloved privacy, constructing his homes and gardens and making art, while the extraverted world of abstract expressionism exploded in New York with bolder, brighter, and bigger images and their celebrity-seeking creators, all antipodal to the contemplative, visionary world Graves inhabited.

During the Second World War, Graves spent time in a military prison as a conscientious objector. From these early anti-war sentiments discovered his deep interest in and exploration of the philosophies of the Far East, an amalgam of Hinduism, Taoism, and Zen Buddhism-all human constructs, nonetheless reflective of his personal thoughts on the universality and the singularity of nature, the wondrousness of the Way. The imagery that Graves produced was considered unique, but his reasons for making the art were not. They were ancient. For Graves, his animals and flowers represented inner visions of the unconscious, the Atman, symbolic of the potential "self."

When Morris Graves began his flower paintings of the early seventies, a few critics suggested he had lost his great visual power. They accused him of painting only 'pretty flowers.' It no doubt amused him that that is all they saw. Graves' ability to make palable the unity of spirit through paint is clearly present in these later works. His form relationships and the inherent interstices, the minority migration of hues within a single blossom, are things we can and do talk about. The "pneuma" of the art we can not talk about. We can not explain. We refer to the painting the way a title reiter to the painting, and in fact, I believe, the way the painting itself purely referes to a generative and immutable, creative spirit. The gift is not the painting but the accrued love and generosity of the artist in making the painting and then it is the act itself that holds the true value. The painting is simply a map for the soul.

2010 marks the centennial year of this remarkable artist. He is no longer here, but, through his paintings, his great longing and love for the ineffable still resonate, binding us one to another.

Galen Garwood



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Homemade Curry Powder – Curry powder is actually a blend of up to 20 spices, her…


Homemade Curry Powder – Curry powder is actually a blend of up to 20 spices, herbs & seeds. Widely used in Indian cooking, authentic Indian curry powder is freshly ground each day & will vary dramatically depending on the region & the cook. This is my original curry powder recipe. Easy to make & tastes extremely better than the commercial curry powder you buy in the supermarket. Use in any recipe that calls for curry powder.



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Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The Narain Niwas Palace in Jaipur, which was built in …


Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The Narain Niwas Palace in Jaipur, which was built in 1928 as a country retreat for General Amar Singh, has since been transformed into a hotel designed by Marie-Anne Oudejans in a palette of energizing azure-blue and white. Golden Triangle tour route with New Delhi and Agra, North India, backpacking Asia. Travel tips.



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Getting a UAE Visa

To work in the UAE you must have a sponsor. This can be someone already living there or an employee who will sponsor you for admittance so you can take up a job.

There are different kids of visa for different kinds of work and lengths of stay and the one you need will be determined on the basis of number of things that are taken account like if you are coming to work or for a holiday, the country you are coming from.

If you are already a citizen of one of the countries in the Gulf Cooperative Council then you do not actually need a visa – purely your passport (those countries are Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, The United Arab Emirates and Oman).

Otherwise you will receive your visa on arrival at the airport.

If you are a citizen of an Arab Gulf Country Council (but not one of the GCC countries) and belong to a list of certain professional occupations then you will be allowed a 30 day visa. These occupations tend to be the professors – doctors, accountants, engineers and public sector workers.

If you belong to one of the countries on an approved list then you can get a single single visit visa – but verify with a UAE embassy before traveling. The countries on the approved include the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, the countries within the EU and some others. A full, up to date list can be seen on the UAE immigration services website.

If you do not qualify for a visa under any of these more-or-less automatic critera, then you must apply for a visa through a sponsor. The sponsor must sort out all of the paperwork on your behalf:

  • A sponsor in the Hotel and Tourist Industry can apply for a 14 day Service Visa, a 30 day Tourist Visa or a 30 day Visit Visa which can be extended for another 30 days at a later.
  • Airlines can apply for a 4 day Transit Visa for airline staff.
  • Other sectors within the UAE can only seek to obtain Visit Visa's and Service Visas but not Tourist Visas.
  • If you have a friend on relative already living the UAE then they can apply for a visa on your behalf as a sponsor.

If these rules sound fairly straightforward that's because, in most cases they are. However visitors from countries including Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Niger have further limitations. It is always advised that you check with The Naturalization and Residency Administration of the Ministry of the Interior for the region of Dubai to get proper, up-to-date information.

If you are coming to the region to work and your employed is sorting out the visa on your behalf there are a few things to be aware of.

  • The sponsoring company handles all paperwork required for your visa application, and employment visas only last an initial 30 days (although they can be extended).
  • You can not leave the sponsoring company without their permission
  • During your initial 30 day visa, you must apply for a security visa. These are normally valid for 3 years and without one you will not be able to service such bank accounts and phone numbers etc.
  • There is also a medical test

Your prospective employer should be able to explain all available options to you.Please note that although we are trying to update this information as fast as possible it is always advisable to check latest changes at the Visa Section of the UAE Embassy of the country where you currently leave.



Source by Erroll Strange