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Artist Tu-2 (Tu Ying-ming) and Angela Oh

108 Portraits of Compassion — The Blue Portrait Series

~Co-presented with the Institute for Art and Healing~

Join Michael Lerner in a second conversation with artist Tu-2 and his wife, attorney and Zen priest Angela Oh, about the opening of  Tu-2’s show at the Commonweal Gallery and the inspiration for his work. This show is the first-ever of portraits from Tu-2’s infinite Blue Series, a series of spiritual portraits in silver pencil on blue paper that reveal the interior qualities of their subjects. Creating these portraits is an act of intense meditation, as Tu-2 works exclusively in a focused meditative state – connected to the subject’s essence, free of ego… and drawing only on the exhale. Find out more and see more artwork on Tu-2’s website. See the show at Commonweal Gallery (by appointment) through December 15, 2013.

Watch a beautiful slideshow of the making of, and the inhabiting of, the exhibit at Commonweal Gallery.

108 Portraits of Compassion — The Blue Portrait Series


Tu-2 (Tu Ying-Ming)

Tu-2 is a Los Angeles-based Taiwanese-born artist who has created an internationally exhibited, acclaimed body of work in fine art, photography, and film. After a decade of robust success from his Mao-ology and Timeless series, both of which garnered critical acclaim from America to Asia and Europe in the 1990s, he took a prolonged sabbatical from painting to search his soul and reset his spiritual compass. A new body of work emerged: a series of spiritual portraits in silver pencil on blue paper that reveal the interior qualities of their subjects. Creating these portraits is an act of intense meditation, as Tu-2 works exclusively in a focused meditative state – connected to the subject’s essence, free of ego… and drawing only on the exhale. The resulting works of conscious art inspire awakening, affinity, and compassion, and when viewed as a group, illustrate the infinite ways in which humanity is connected through space and time. It is a rare gift to be able to view a multimedia installation of such a large collection, due to the usual constraints of space and logistics. 

Angela Oh

Angela is the former executive director of the Western Justice Center Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advances peaceful resolution of conflict. She has worked as an attorney, public lecturer, and teacher of Zen meditation. In 1992, Oh gained national prominence as a spokesperson and mediating force for the Asian American community during the Los Angeles riots. Thereafter, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton as one of seven Advisory Board members to the President’s Initiative on Race, which was charged with engaging the nation in a dialogue on race relations in the United States of America. Oh is also an ordained priest, Zen Buddhist—Rinzai Sect.