Sometimes it's just the sparse space of something that brings Zen beauty to it. The haunting simplicity of artist Doug Kinsey speaks to that spiritual lure. At once there is something momentous and economic in his work. Kinsey is a California native, who's made his home along the Ohio River Valley for long enough that perhaps the shapes of that landscape have provided influence.
Of his work, Kinsey says:
When looking at my work the viewer should consider them as configurations of spiritual geography... My intention is to explore the subconscious symbols of an 'interior' spiritual reality when consecrated by the borders of 'external' physical reality.
'Spiritual Geography'. Indeed.
Kinsey is a graduate of The Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA. For more than thirty years he's been creating - lush pieces bordering on the spiritual, all with a zen sensibility. It seems fitting that he received his Masters degree in theology from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. And, Kinsey taught art to severely “at risk” children at The Holy Family Institute for Learning in Pittsburgh, PA.
Kinsey's work resides in a number of collections, and his exhibitions have spanned the globe. The acclaim he's received speaks to the deep connection viewers feel to his work; spacious expanse, with borders delineating it, and creating boundaries. On some very primal level, it resonates with our spirits.