Mystical art is not too uncommon in Sedona, Arizona. Many art lovers frequent Sedona just for the purpose of purchasing something that “moves” them. Artists steeped in deep spiritual practices often reflect the depth of their experience in their art.
Artist’s in Sedona that have a long reputation for moving people deeply include that of: James N. Muir within the Goldenstein Gallery and Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin of The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony, and Radiance: A Honshin Fine Art Gallery.
James N. Muir has been working in Sedona as an artist since 1980. In 1982 he opened a bronze casting foundry. Owning the foundry until 1988 has served Muir well as his sculptures are often larger than life. Muir has completed over 100 sculptures to date with over 60 life-sized sculptures. This doesn’t even include the monumental sculptures that dwarf the size of a human.
The monumental sculptures of James N. Muir are placed in public locations across the country and abroad. Smaller sculptures can be seen at Goldenstein Gallery near the ‘Y’ and Uptown Sedona, or even in Uptown Sedona along pedestrian areas. ‘Holy Grail’ can be viewed from Sedona’s Chipotle restaurant - and is quite unforgettable.
“The Holy Grail” represents the universal search for what already lies within, if we but only look to see our own reflection in the mirror of the Soul. -James N. Muir
For Muir, art has so much symbolic meaning that he can use his experience and his belief in the triumph of the Human Spirit to cast images that gather your highest inquiry.
Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin’s gallery, The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony, and Radiance: A Honshin Fine Art Gallery is located within the Tlaquepaque. Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona, AZ. Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin has been deeply influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Buddhism as well as philosophies of Christianity and ancient Mesoamerican cultural practices. The end result is a wonderful mixture of myth, spirit and beauty. Fusion East and West, Science and Nature are all the result of living a life that combines these complex ideas and images together.
Honshin said he was also profoundly influenced by the Northwest Mystic School, a wonderful legacy passed down to him by his father, Daiensai Kuden Bonseki Dojin. His father, an acclaimed artist, surrounded Honshin with his art work as well as fellow artist works; giving him a unique perspective. So unique of a perspective, that he became an ordained Buddhist Monk, after the approval of two Zen Masters in Japan. The mediums Honshin works in expand through: painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry and poetry.
Listening to Honshin recite poetry occurs every first Friday of the Month, during the 1st Friday in the Galleries event by Sedona Gallery Association. These special art receptions give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene.
Sedona Gallery Association