Johannes Cairns, 26, student of Japanese studies.|
I am Johannes Cairns, a 26-year-old student of East Asian Studies at the University of Helsinki. Though I lack any technical training as an artist, every now and then I love to splash oil or acrylic on a canvas and create something spontaneous. My work is inspired by Zen aesthetics, especially Zenga art, a movement within the Japanese Zen Buddhist establishment attempting to capture the simplicity and spontaneity of its ancient predecessors. A key notion of Zen aesthetics is that a piece of art reflects the spiritual state of its creator. Perhaps this is true of my art as well, revealing an idealistic tendency to seek deeper significance for life from a spiritual East.
Some of my earlier work
|Though this painting is mostly made up of various shades of blue oil colour, it also contains most other colours of the colour spectrum. It was a spontaneous creation, and in
the end result one can discern a brown face against a blue background, which makes it
seem like a person is floating in the sky. Due to this dreamlike quality I have named the
Oil, 100 x 140 cm.