paintings

 

symphonic poems ~ secret pleasure painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Symphonic Poem
(secret pleasure)
6' x 5'
latex on primed canvas
$4800


symphonic poems ~ silk and linen painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Symphonic Poem
(silk and linen)
6' x 5'
latex and metallic powder on primed canvas
$4800


symphonic poems ~ dc on another day painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Symphonic Poem
(dc on another day)
8 1/2' x 5 1/2'
latex on unprimed canvas
$8000


american symphony ~ bars. no stars I painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
American Symphony
(bars. no stars I)
6' x 5'
latex on primed canvas
$3800


american symphony ~ bars. no stars II painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
American Symphony
(bars. no stars II)
6' x 5'
latex on primed canvas
$3800

 

Symphonic Poems

These paintings extend the abstract expressionist tradition of Jackson Pollack and Mark Rothko. Non-narrative in format, the paintings are windows onto the biological soul and are reflections of a moment in time  ~ they are not meant to be referential, they are not meant to be sentimental; they are meant to be held in quiet contemplation just as if one were sitting at a symphonic concert. If the experience of the moment could be conveyed in words, the paintings would not need to exist. But the moment cannot be conveyed in words. Thus the universe of these paintings.

 

I am not a maker of images. ~ Rumi

 

symphonic poem ~ into the night I painting by Roy Anthony Shabla  symphonic poem ~ into the night II painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Symphonic Poem
(into the night I and into the night II)
each is 6' x 5'
latex on primed canvas
sold as a pair
$10000

 

symphonic poem ~ new york new york painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Symphonic Poem
(new york new york)
6' x 5'
latex on primed canvas
$4800

 

symphonic poem ~ new york new york II painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Symphonic Poem
(new york new york II)
6' x 5'
latex on primed canvas
$4800

 

symphonic poem ~ untitled painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Symphonic Poem
(untitled)
6' x 5'
latex and metallic powder on primed canvas
$5400


symphonic poem ~ black and gold I painting by Roy Anthony Shabla  symphonic poem ~ black and gold II painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Symphonic Poem
(black and gold I and black and gold II)
each is 6' x 5'
latex and metallic powder on primed canvas

read essay on symphonic poem in black and gold

sold as a pair
$12000

 

symphonic poem ~ blue and gold I painting by Roy Anthony Shabla  symphonic poem ~ blue and gold II painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Symphonic Poem
(blue and gold I and blue and gold II)
each is 6' x 5'
latex and metallic powder on primed canvas
sold as a pair
$12000
SOLD

Jazz Poems

I have been making these drawings since I was three years old. A pencil and paper in the hands of a child usually result in uncontrolled scribbles. I, however, drew horizontal lines, often with curly-cues. It is as if I came into this life ready to write.

 

Before I could read, I would see my mother make a shopping list or write a note and know it was something powerful, something magical ~ it had meaning. Surely, I was imitating her as I drew, hoping myself to create magic and meaning.

 

In one sense, these paintings are about writing a poem ~ the lines are smooth and graceful and musical. In my poetry, no single word draws attention to itself from the others ~ the poetic lines are as unselfconscious as the painted ones.

 

In another sense, these paintings are really about the act of creation ~ drawing art from the experience of the divinity of the world, creating symbols to communicate the incommunicable.

 

While not depicting literal language, these paintings share the Asian aesthetic for appreciation of the graphic quality of writing itself as art. The cycle of paintings depicts the place where pure idea and language mingle, where language forms from an abstract concept. This "pre-language" calligraphy allows the art to access a more universal, primal vocabulary.

 

The process of creating these paintings is an active meditation and maintaining the meditative state is crucial to their execution. And the transference of that meditative state is available to the viewer open to a spark of magic.

 

Blue Portrait of DC painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Jazz Poem
(Blue Portrait of DC)
8' x 5 1/2'
latex on raw canvas
$8000
SOLD

DC as Blue Cosmic Dust painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Jazz Poem
(DC as Blue Cosmic Dust)
5' x 5 1/2'
latex and metallic powder on raw canvas
$4800
SOLD

DC as the Song of the Earth painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Jazz Poem
(DC as the Song of the Earth)
40" x 40"
latex and metallic powder on primed canvas
$3200

SOLD (see film)

 

Winter Landscape with Flute painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Jazz Poem
(Winter Landscape with Flute)
40" x 48"
latex and metallic powder on primed canvas
$800

  

Revolution Revelation painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Jazz Poem
(Revolution Revelation)
8' x 5 1/2'
latex on raw canvas
$8000


Infinite Eight painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Jazz Poem
(Brown Cosmic Dust)
7' x 5 1/2'
graphite, latex, and metallic powder on raw canvas
$7000
SOLD
 

Ice Cream in Heaven painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Jazz Poem
(Ice Cream in Heaven)
8' x 5 1/2'
latex, graphite, and metallic powder on raw canvas
$8200
SOLD

In the Beginning painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Jazz Poem
(In the Beginning)
5 1/2' x 5 1/2'
latex on raw canvas
$4200


Dream of Lao Tzu painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Jazz Poem
(Dream of Lao Tzu)
11" x 14"
graphite and latex on primed canvas
$300
SOLD

San Francisco painting by Roy Anthony Shabla
Jazz Poem
(San Francisco)
8' x 5 1/2'
latex and metallic powder on raw canvas
$8000

SOLD (see film)