In the eighties I took an extended break from work to study Buddhism and meditation in Asia, staying in monasteries and ashrams in Thailand, Nepal and India. When I returned to Australia I studied sculpture and ceramics at RMIT. I have been studying Zen Buddhism for many years, and my zen group consists mainly of painters. One of the group members runs an all-abilities art group: I joined and discovered painting.
I attempt to make my paintings an expression of Zen practice – attention to process, minimal planning, minimal forethought, fully present in my activity, allowing the work to unfold by itself, brush stroke by brush stroke, moment by moment.
A little like John Cage when he said “I have nothing to say, and I’m saying it….”
Steve Brown 2022