Buddhist-inspired visual art and architecture

An on-line gallery of visual art and architecture inspired by Buddhism and/or produced by practising Buddhists.

Lindy Lee

Seeds of a New Moon, 2019. Flung bronze. Image courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Singapore. © the artist. Photographer: Aaron Anderson

Moon in A Dew Drop, a major survey exhibition by Australian Chinese artist Lindy Lee, is now on at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney NSW Australia

Karl Martens

Snowy Owl - Karl Martens
Karl Martens – Snowy Owl

The background for Karl’s style has its roots in his deep interest for the forms of meditation found I Zen Buddhism. Getting to know one self through attention to thoughts and emotions, and to accept the fact that we will never be fully in control of our lives are some of the thoughts he has found important. This way of thinking is not only reflected in Karl’s paintings, but has resulted in his holding workshops in Zen calligraphy, where participants get to practice identifying their emotions, resist planning and then express the emotions on paper with Chinese ink on calligraphy paper.

– When we paint from our true feelings, we all paint something beautiful.

Karl paint his birds from memory, using watercolor and charcoal on hand-made paper.

– I look at a bird and a specific expression or posture, which particularly expresses the personality of the bird, sticks in my mind. Then I paint…


Gyr Falcon - Karl Martens
Karl Martens – Gyr Falcon
Video of the artist at work

Tadao Ando

Buddha hill tadao ando
Tadao Ando – Buddha Hill, Sapporo
Hill of the Buddha, Sapporo, Japan

Japanese architect Tadao Ando has concealed a huge stone statue of the Buddha within a hill covered in lavender plants at the Makomanai Takino Cemetery in Sapporo.


Buddha hill tadao ando lavender
Tadao Ando – Buddha Hill, Sapporo head detail

Miya Ando

Wishing Mandala 2017

Interactive installation for the Rubin Museum
72″X 72″, dyed Bodhi (ficus religiosa) skeleton leaves, monofilament, archival ragboard


Ando describes her works as “studies in nothingness.” Raised partly in a secluded Buddhist temple in Okayama, Japan, she says her spiritual practice informs her exploration of simplicity and reduction. In 2009, Ando donated her work 8 Fold Path to the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles. The work comprises a grid of four steel plates shaded by a thin application of patina. 8 Fold Path serves as a reminder of the dharma wheel—a visual representation of Buddhism’s noble eightfold path—for the L.A. space’s practitioners, who meditate facing the pedestal above which the work hangs.


8 Fold Path 2009
Eightfold Path - Miya Ando
Miya Ando – Eightfold Path

For Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, Los Angeles
96″ x 96″ Patina, Pigment, Lacquer, Steel

James Turrell


Turrell’s medium is pure light. He says, “My work has no object, no image and no focus. With no object, no image and no focus, what are you looking at? You are looking at you looking. What is important to me is to create an experience of wordless thought.”

James Turrell - Bridgets Bardo 2009
James Turrell – Bridget’s Bardo 2009
James Turrell - Jarna Armta 2011
James Turrell – Jarna Armta 2011
James Turrell - Double Vision 2013
James Turrell – Double Vision 2013 Credit: Ekebergparken / © Ivar Kvaal

Max Gimblett

Max Gimblett - The Messenger 2015
The Messenger – 2015


More to come …