Photo by a total stranger.
According2g would love to wish artist Alex Grey a very happy birthday today, November 29. As you all know, I’ve seen a lot of art in my life and I have to say, Alex Grey’s work definitely ranks towards the top of the list. The detail in his paintings is MIND-BLOWING. In addition, his works fuse the realms of the physical and spiritual worlds and even if you are not interested in those areas, you can’t help but be awed by the scale and precision of his paintings. Grey’s Chapel of Scared Mirrors, a permanent art exhibit, used to be located in Manhattan (now located in upstate New York) and if you ever get the chance to go visit, I highly recommend it! I used to bring all of my out of town guests to the chapel and whether they loved art or not, nearly everyone I brought to the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors left with tears in their eyes. Also, nearly every guest ranked their visit to the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors their favorite excursion that we took during their trip to New York City! If that doesn’t speak volumes… When I met Mr. Grey earlier this year, I was lucky enough to get the chance to tell him how much I love his work and he was extremely nice. Thanks again Alex and I hope you have a wonderful birthday. Namaste!
Photo taken with my hand.
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On September 29, 2010, I met one of the most talented artists of all time – Alex Grey. If you live in New York, you’ve surely gone to the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (and if you didn’t make it, it relocated to upstate New York and is a MUST SEE). His artwork is beyond amazing. When you see his art with your own eyes, it makes your head explode. His precision and detail defies logic and as you view work after work, you immediately feel the need to share his wonderful talent with anyone you can for their own sake! I met Mr. Grey at the book launch party for “Trespass,” an anthology of Urban Art at the Taschen store in New York and he was very nice. When I talked to him, I had to control myself from shaking. I told him that I used to take every person who visited me to the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors from art lovers to non art lovers to my parents and almost everyone left the Chapel in tears. His works are extremely powerful and oh so brilliant (and enormous!). He was very humble and in addition to taking a photo with me, he gave me a 3-D card with one of his works on it! WOW! How Alex Grey is not a household name is beyond me. If you don’t know his work, you owe it to yourself to click on either of the 2 above links because I promise you – you’ll never see anything that even comes close to his stuff. Thanks again Alex. All I can say is that you are really an inspiration and my life is better for having discovered your work!