"All in all I aim to create art to remind people of why life is so good and wonderful." - Filip Bey
In turbulent times, it's always reassuring to meet someone who isn't freaking out. These are turbulent times, and Filip Bey is not freaking out. Bey is a new artist to Art Mecca, and his art is wildly (freakishly) soothing. Bey makes mandala art. In Buddhist traditions, mandalas are spiritual representations of the universe. A microcosm, if you will. Mandalas are also representations of the world in divine form - perfectly balanced, perfectly designed, running smoothly, all systems go. Mandalas are considered ways to heal the world.
We wanted to know how Bey became an artist, what inspires him, and how he chooses his mesmerizing, harmonious color combinations. Please meet Filip Bey:
"I started creating art about 5 years ago in Charleston. After graduating from Brevard College I moved here and developed an interest in geometric art. I would spend hours drawing at home. I made one of my first art sales out of random luck and I decided to become more serious about it. My friends also encouraged me to pursue art and so that also inspired me as well.
Ive always been inspired by philosophy and art and believe the two go hand in hand. For some time I wanted to create artwork that spoke to my Buddhist sentiment and found that through Mandalas most readily. The larger world comprising Mandalas is sacred geometry which is art or architecture even as well as nature, portraying the divine.
I've done work involving commissions for landscape and abstract painting and murals as well. I am most inspired by mandalas because they are representative of the world and how harmonious and balanced life is. Mandalas are traditionally related to Hindu and Buddhist philosophy. They convey the knowledge and inner workings of the universe and its perfect machinist operation.
I love creating Mandalas because it helps me tap into that universal energy of life and reminds me of how sacred and harmonious our world is. A Mandala is as perfectly balanced as the symmetry of a flower and represents life on both the microcosmic and macroscosmic scale; from the inner workings of a cell to our great biosphere of dynamic ecosystems.
My favorite colors are usually blue and pink because they remind of the beautiful sunsets here in Charleston. Some of my Mandalas are colorful because our city is booming with colorful buildings and beautiful flower beds. All in all I aim to create art to remind people of why life is so good and wonderful."