Alok Hsu Kwang-han is an internationally acclaimed and highly original Zen calligraphic painter from China. His art is a startling new synthesis of the beauty of Chinese calligraphy, the spontaneity of Zen, and the evolution of western psychotherapy.
With a few spontaneous brush strokes, Alok paints whatever subject is presented before him in the moment-- heartful music, Japanese haikus, the essence of a particular individual, three jokes on the innocence of children, sayings of enlightened masters, a prayer for the healing of the world, or his beloved saying, "The heart always breaks!".
"His creations are both, or neither, calligraphy and painting, a completely new manifestation of art, through which one perceives the heart of a sage and his empathetic understanding of the soul of man. So free and spontaneous, his brush strokes express the experience and sentiments of the heart, and because of the absence of any constraints, each painting is able to hide a secret to be discovered by the viewer who is open to the spirit."
Shen Jiayuan, XinMin Weekly, Shanghai, China, Mar.27- Apr.4, 2000.
Resting in silence and with a spacious heart, Alok, with spontaneous brush strokes, paints what you may have deeply wished or even needed to see-- your beauty, your essence, your courage, your particular issues cast in a new light. Then he explores with you-- the lines of the painting, its ink shadings, the painting as a whole on the eternal whiteness of the paper. These reveal to you who have a deep yearning (and we all have) the essence of your being, the clarification of your issues, the flowering of contentment. As you create a place in your home for your personal energy portrait, its beauty and its message continue to remind you and to support you in your daily life. Since 1991, in Asia, Europe, and America, over a thousand individuals and couples have enjoyed this unique experience.
Please watch! Two words and Alok takes the most powerful brush, dips it in the ink and executes several strong strokes, shapes or curves onto the paper-just so, as if "it" or whatever, would be guiding his arm. With a fine brush he adds more spots, drips some water on a chosen place, makes a line with a strong female brush, intensifies a curve. Each time we are astonished. How different every single painting turns out to be, none of them even slightly similar! It is as if he brings one's soul onto paper. Each person easily succeeds in rediscovering him- or herself. Many are touched, many deeply impressed, some are stirred to the core spiritually, others become very thoughtful. Alok has time for everybody and he radiates so much warmth and love that everybody embraces him with gratitude. Nobody leaves without counsel, and absolutely no one leaves discontent. On the contrary, the next day one's friend or girlfriend comes, or an aunt.
Till Abele, CONNECTION #38 (Germany), special issue on China.
Workshop on The Creativity of Non-doing
This workshop is for artists as well as non-artists, who are drawn to the adventure of being intimate with the unknown, from where the intelligence, creativity, and good humor outside the boundaries of our familiarity find us. In this not knowing, we can be amazed that through our being, fresh new forms arise from formlessness this moment!
During the workshop you will learn to hold your new brushes as friends and move with them in harmony. Through simple and effective energy and meditation exercises, you will more and more come to rest in the spaciousness of your being. While "resting in presence and moving from emptiness" you might pick up a brush, dip it in ink or water, and allow one stroke to happen on the xuan paper, and marvel.
Continuing with non-doing, we might experiment with painting the "energy" of music, a poem, a partner acting like a wild animal, the Lord of Chaos, a moment of joy.
Throughout the two days, we will share our experiences in gentle and humorous ways, thereby also become more relaxed and available to Existence.