Art That Transcends Visual PerceptionFeb 01, 2021 09:20PM ● By Sheila Mahan
Artist BALA, owner of BALA Fine Art Gallery and Event Space, is an interdimensional visual artist and author who studied at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, in Portland, Oregon. He is also a healing arts facilitator with a doctor of divinity certification. He says, “Viewing art stimulates our brain to process in another fashion as a healing force, helping us to access our aesthetic and abstract faculties. The envisioning center of the third eye and our soul’s intuition wakes up with art.”
BALA has a large body of work on paper and large canvases, as well as large and small sculptures. He explains, “I am developing what I term an interdimensional view of expression. This involves the dynamics of spirit accessing an ‘otherworldly’ presence. A iconography has been developed which I call the Galactic Glyph. It is composed of an ancient /future symbology and imagery that invokes this recollection in our own consciousness of our unity with all that is.”
BALA has exhibited in the arts district of Denver, Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Gainesville, in Florida. “I feel a close affiliation with the Avant-Garde artists of the 20th century, as well as the Art Deco/Nouveau period. The ancient cultures and tribal arts are very primal sources of inspiration as we accelerate into our future envisioning,” he says.
“I share a direct cosmic link of imagery with my personal instructor James Lee Hansen, a monumental Bronze sculptor who taught in Portland. Other favorite sculptors include Henri Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Jean Arp, Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely, and our current living master Tony Cragg,” notes the artist. “All of these individuals create biomorphic forms of abstraction, which is the most compelling element of my own image making, symbolizing that we are a species in transformation and transfiguration. I have a desire to acquire donated lands around the world to create an artistic playland of the ancient/future with a new vision of architectural art spaces, somewhat like Gaudi Park, in Barcelona. Any patron of the arts can work with us through our 501-C3 charity.”
BALA’s advice to beginning arts is, “Find art-related work to expand your skill set as a young artist and arrange your time so that you create during your optimal hours of the day and earn money around that until, you can fully support yourself with your art.” About the advent of COVID-19 restrictions, he says, “This has been a wonderful incubation and eventually explosive year for me. I see through the smokescreen an amazing reality dawning for all of humanity!”
BALA Fine Art Gallery and Event Space is located at 518 SE 2nd St., in Gainesville, behind the fire station. For more information, call 720-258-5879, email [email protected] or visit BalaGlyphs.com.