colored pencil, magic-marker,
Chinese chop ink
5.2" x 8.4"
Buffalo, New York
Forever drawing is from a fairly strong mystical religious period in the
life of Anthony Zarbo which had been deeply impacted by the writings of St.
John of the Cross made known to Anthony Zarbo through the painting by
Salvador Dali, "Hallucination
of Christ of St. John of the Cross".
The Chinese chop seal carved with the character of "loong" or
dragon was carved by the Chinese artist Sik-Yee Wong, the owner and framer
of the now closed Toronto Chinese arts gallery and supplies store Karwah Art
Gallery on Dundas Street. The gallery has been closed since at least 2006 as
Mr. Wong has decided to retire from the shop. His was the only in greater
Toronto that sold Chinese artists' supplies and chops direct from Beijing.
He was a man of great courage, faith and drive.
For Mr. Zarbo, the loong character was the symbol of
spontaneity and the lightning power of good.
Above the character are the Seven Stars recorded in the New
Testament's Book of Revelation:1:20
To the lower right are the three crosses of Gethsemane. The
spirit of the drawing is one that defends that love is the great power over
all things, and that love is life itself.
This painting title
For further reading, please see the following linked works:
Collected Works of St. John of the Cross
edited by Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rordiguez
Message de Hallâj l'Expatrié publication de Stéphane Ruspoli -
recueil extraordinare edité par le maître Dr. Ruspoli
Christianisé: Étude sur le Soufisme d'Ibn Arabi de Murcie par Miguel