art used in this first poster series is of the hand
of master artist Pieter
Weltevrede. Pieter is the most productive artist
associated with Sanatan
Society, an international networking organization
founded by the students of the late Harish
Johari, well-known artist, Tantric scholar and
Pieter Weltevrede met Harish Johari in
1977 in Holland, where he became fascinated with the
healing and centering power of the ancient Tantric practice
of yantra painting. Over time he devoted more and more
of his attention to mastering the North Indian iconographic
painting techniques. Since 1988 he is traveling to India
annually where he deepened his knowledge and friendship
with late Harish Johari, and also studied with Johari's
art teacher, Master Chandra Bal, and Suresh Johari.
His output is prolific and includes all of the Hindu
and Buddhist main spiritual art expressions.
The wash painting technique used by Pieter
has both watercolor and tempera. The colors of each
painting are largely washed off and repainted several
times before it is considered done. That creates a very
special effect, where the light comes from within the
deity or yantra, soft but radiant, magnetic and enlightening.
The meditation on these paintings
and yantras of deities is an essential part of Tantric
worship and Kundalini Yoga. It enables one to get in
contact with the energy patterns associated with the
deity through the visual hemisphere of our brain. Such
paintings reach beyond the senses into the very essence
of our being.