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ON EXHIBIT JUN-AUG, 2012 | View William's Biography

Paint, Sand, Glass Glitter. Uncommon techniquest conjure in a magnificent fashion in William Webster's works. Beautiful, elegant, true pieces of art- this is a show that should not be missed. William's art is on public display at Gallery 446 until sold or September 2012.

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Original Works by William Webster


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Who Am I? Realization of Self


Webster's “animated” quest for self begins with a question in his first piece in the show called, Who Am I? The AM in this cut-out piece is an arrow of the Divine that shoots powerfully through the gallery hitting his next work, entitled GU – RU. This energy arrow hits a densely painted black orb featured in the painting. Webster intends this orb to be the protagonist of the story.

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GU - RU


Gu is darkness in Sanskrit while Ru means dispeller.The orb is the i is covered in layers of densely pigmented black.


In GU – RU, this orb is surrounded by the colors and energy of a Divinity that is invisible to him. Yes, deep inside, he somehow knows IT is there, for when the arrow hit him, it awakened something in him. Does he remain in ignorance or does he dare hope he could realize this Divinity? His hopes earn him the grace of a Guru which in Sanskrit means dispeller of darkness.


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Churning of the Ocean

“Thoughts like waves of the ocean agitate the mind.” — Ramana Maharshi

But what has our hero gotten himself into? We see in Webster's ocean-scape; The Churning of the Ocean that the hero is being battered by the waves which are aspects of himself aka illusions. The coloration of this piece mirrors him in black and white. It is reflecting back to him the reality that the i has created, but somewhere there must be a Divine Source because points of light sparkle joyously even through the tumultuous waters. Is that light deep within him as well, he wonders? His answer comes in Webster's next work.

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Silver Storms

“Bliss shines through the clouds of thought.”
— Ramana Maharshi


In Silver Storm color emerges. Glimpses of silver and sun tones as seen from under water, are Divinity revealing itself just enough as to strengthen the orb's resolve to win this Divinity.

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Ganges I: The ‘i’ Surendering

“I am not my body.” — Ramana Maharshi


In the first of Webster's two river-scapes, Ganges I, the i is surrendered as it submerges itself in the Holy River and arises in Ganges II with the thick black of ignorance washed away.
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Ganges II: Self Arising

“Happiness is my real nature.” — Ramana Maharshi


Webster has been authentic to the unfolding quest by holding back color so that by the time the viewer sees Ganges I, they greet the first real color introduced in this series with gratitude. The thirsty viewer drinks in the vibrant sea-tones along with the orb. The orb is joined by other black orbs just like him and they become invisible as Divinity itself in Ganges II. They now look in God's image.




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Brahma Road

Forgetfulness of Self is the source of all misery.”
— Ramana Maharshi


In Brahma Road, our hero comes ashore, testing out his footing on new ground where he chooses new paths of consciousness. It is a map that reveals itself in the light of clarity.
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Praná

“The mind subsides by the practice of pranayama.” — Ramana Mahaeshi

In Praná, the Spirit of Divinity is flowing unblocked through Webster's hero propelling him on in his search in a terrain of limitlessness towards what Ramana Maharshi calls our true nature — happiness. The orb is Webster's circular lashes of paint, the middle is the space he had made for the Divine. It is his center, his Source. It is him.


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Heart Chakra I

“The mind vanishes in the heart.”
— Ramana Mahaeshi

In Heart Chakra I, the mind, which continues to periodically thwart our hero, submits to the power of his devotion and finally melts into the heart so that in Heart Chakra II our hero orb turns red in a joyous harmonic convergence.

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Heart Chakra II

“In the inmost core, the heart shines as Brahma alone.” — Ramana Maharshi

The red that Webster employs here seems to be a pigment that cannot be bought nor mixed. It is supernatural and it must be because this work allows our hero into a realm that few have ever been inside — the Mother Chakra — which informs the next works in this series.



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Mother Chakra I

“She’s a protector. We’re all kids. Mother is nothing but love.” — Swami Kaleshwar


The Indian Saint, Swami Kaleshwar taught that our own mother is our first Guru and that she is the gorgeous gateway to Mother Divine, the female aspect of God in charge of the manifested creation. Through our own mother's womb we enter this created world and also exit it.
In Mother Chakra I, our hero enters a womb where the vibrant colors of creation have been muddied by illusions our hero still clings to. He uses a secret tool, given to him by his guru, which is the vibrations of mantras, to purify, to light his way through this most wondrous secret spiritual passage.

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Mother Chakra II

“The creation point is clearly hidden in the womb chakra. It’s the seed, the spark of creation that is hidden in you.” — Swami Kaleshwar

In Mother Chakra II, we see the holy exit point to Heavenly consciousness in silvery blue hues. Our hero walks through this point and into Heaven. We and the hero find, in this heavenly consciousness, something astounding which is sublimely articulated by Swami Kaleshwar: “That God is nothing but us, we are nothing but God.”

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48"x72"

6panels

Third Eye’s Journey

The spiritual eye that directly perceives
cosmic energy.


Our hero must now return to “earth” to share his experiential enlightenment in The Third Eye's Journey. Here Webster envisions our heroic orb as empowered by winning the power of the third eye. For a while our heroic orb was invisible like God, but now he must take on an appearance so Webster cloaks him in the garb of the Third Eye. You can see this “eye-like” orb in the third panel. His third eye keeps our protagonist from forgetting that he is not his body and his open heart keeps the miracle energy of Divinity flowing through him to all others. He is now to take on the role of Guru—dispelling the darkness for others under the spell of ignorance. The three panels represent our hero's ability to embrace the cycles of Generator, Operator and Destroyer otherwise known as Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva.


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Earth Loved

Change not thy nature and flee, but hold fast in my mind, Oh *Arunachala! (*the mountain upon which the saint lived and represented Mother Divine’s creation as this earth.) — Ramana Maharshi

In Earth Loved, we see the power of creation energy that our hero brings back from his journey and most specifically from his travels through the Mother Chakra. This consciousness energy transforms the colorless terrain our hero had existed in, in pre-enlightenment, into one of rosy heart hues. These hues heal Mother Earth and her suffering souls. In Earth Loving, Webster finally gets to share with us just what he saw during his two hours with Divinity. These are the colors of Mother Earth's joy over her children realizing their true selves.

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Birth of Self

New lives birthed in the spiritual silence. “Within and without are relative to the body; they have no significance in the Absolute.” — Ramana Maharshi

Birth of Self represents a new generation who have transmuted the lacquered black prison of ego. Our hero, the once black orb is the stuff of legend now to these orbs of light. This was the promise of Divinity made good. It is known to them what Sai Kaleshwar meant when he said: “We are all different candles but the same light”.


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Earth Loving

The circumstances of life, far from being an obstacle to sadhana*, are made an instrument of the sadhana.
— Ramana Maharshi *Sadhana is regular spiritual practice.

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Eight Steps to Silence
Inspired by Philip Lipetz’s groundbreaking spiritual treatise of the same name. In it Lipetz writes: “Sri Kaleshwar emphasizes ways to change the spiritual journey from an egocentric personal exercise into a collective experience. One of the central ideas of this book is groupism, a way to link spiritual energies between people so that each person is elevated far beyond what they could accomplish by themselves. Only through groupism can creation be transformed. This book is the result of groupism.”

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As Above, So Below

He who is liberated realizes that all objective reality, which is super-imposed on the Self as the idea of a serpent is on the rope, is really no other than the Self, and he himself is the Self. — Ramana Maharshi

As Above, So Below is each soul's mission—to become itself. The world, pulled by the energy of each realized soul as a group, must—due to spiritual physics—mirror these souls. The world as a churning ocean poisoned by illusions becomes a powerful sea of amruta, what the Hindu's call heavenly nectar.


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Portrait: Sai Shirdi Baba

Shirdi lived his life as a beggar, begging alms from the villagers in the tiny backwater town of Shirdi. His simple outward appearance disguised the truth of his spiritual stature. He lived most of his life in a dilapidated mosque with no protection from the elements or the multitudes who sought relief from their suffering.

Though he could have lived as a King, Baba chose to live as a beggar. He received millions of rupees from his devotees but by the end of each day he was empty handed after giving all he had to the poor. In his ultimate act of sacrifice, Shirdi gave up his life to save the life of a beloved devotee.

His life was a demonstration of the unity of all religions and our essential oneness. Although he lived in a mosque, Hindu prayers and rituals were performed. People wondered if he was a Hindu or a Muslim.

Baba once said: “All human beings are one. Our religion is humanity.” Sri Kaleshwar says of his master: “Baba was neither Muslim nor Hindu, he was everything. Whoever calls for his help, his protection is there."

Before leaving his body, Shirdi Baba made a promise to the world that whoever calls on him with faith, he will respond. “I will never forsake anyone who relies on me.”

Year Created: 2012

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