Max Gimblett

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1935

the heart of man like a black valley can with polishing turn into a pure white stream

  • 2008
  • Sumi ink / Japanese Chestnut Dyed Handmade Paper
  • The Max Gimblett and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Gift
  • 610 x 483mm
  • 2011/142

“Enso is the Self, living two fingers sideways below the navel in the stomach and known as the Dantian. Also the Sun and the Moon, our eyes, our spinning globe, continuous time with no beginning and no end. I could go on and on.” —Max Gimblett This is one of a set of ensos that is more contemplative and quieter than their fellow ensos in this exhibition. Drawn at a slower pace with a smaller brush, they, like all ensos, were painted in one stroke, on the outward breath of the artist. (Max Gimblett: Ocean Wheel, 1 August – 15 November 2020)