What if we could cover the world in art? What if we looked to ourselves as pieces of art? If we looked to the works of one Pan Trinity Das, we may be inspired do just that. From stumbling upon his campaign page on Indiegogo.com, my curiosity grew from the words: Art, the Beatles, yoga, international artist, and meditation. All were factors I was very much interested in and studying or enjoying on my own. There they were, all in once place! Intrigued, I researched more to understand this man’s project and his journey thus far.
Pan is a multimedia artist with a background in tattoo, film, photography, metal work, silk screening and graphic design. All of which has merged with his spiritual practice of Bhakti (Devotional) Yoga, a path derived from the Hindu tradition. Pan’s previous explorations in abstract, figurative, and psychedelic painting, have evolved into what he’s calls, “Spiritual Pop! Art.“ A style that now takes the form of murals and street art all over India. These selfless acts of art have become the catalyst for creating ‘Sangha,‘ a sanskrit word meaning spiritual community. Pan has a talent for empowering, and through this gift he has created an opportunity for those ‘would be painters’ to pick up a brush for the first time. Often creating a healing experience for those who never thought they could paint. (See ‘the Beatles Cathedral Gallery’ film)
His current project, Messages in the Street, aims to spread awareness about Consciousness, Yoga, and the wisdom of the sages of India. His goal is to raise enough funds to further his mission of Art & Co-creation, like the Beatles Cathedral Gallery, ALL over the world.
As an artist who must express her soul in writing, I truly admire the work he has done. Visual art, like poetry, has the power to inspire revolutions of the heart and give hope to those in need. His art showcases humble heroes, patterns in nature, universal truths, and the transcendence of God or whatever deity/ies we may choose to follow.
Pan’s project is ongoing proof that art can bring people together. My invitation to anyone who reads this is to check out his campaign and to not only consider donating, but to consider the art in our own cultures and the kind we create for ourselves. Is it the way we decorate our home? The way we dress our children? The jewelry we make, or the cookies we bake? YES! Art is a shift in perception, a life style choice. “Art is nothing if not intention,” Pan says. “It can be an act of gratitude and a meditation on the profound and mundane moments in our day to day.”
I think the art everyone should take more pride in is that is our body, mind, and spirit. What we eat, wear, use, and the way we talk, run, and dance, is a reflection of our self, a bricolage of what we have come to be. With that in mind, and with visionary artists like Pan who represent the growing changes in the world, we may yet be reminded of the innate beauty within and see it reflected in the streets we walk.