Satsangh: November 2006 The Dock

Based in Lacken, North Mayo, Chris Doris is "one of the leading painters of his generation". A preceptor of a form of Raj (mind) yoga meditation for fifteen years, his wide-ranging practice is rooted in the practical research of consciousness and its transformation.


He has received critical acclaim for his large scale prints, drawing projects and highly successful and public actions such as 40 days and 40 nights (on Croagh Patrick) and Via (a 2,000km hitched line drawing). His work has been acquired for major public and private collections, including I.M.M.A, Arts Council of Ireland and the acquisition by AIB of five works from his recent exhibition Mindgames.


His current exhibition at The Dock, Satsangh, consists of large scale serial paintings on galvanise and steel and mixed media works on paper. The monumental oils integrate Eastern modes of observation (yogic) of the self with a Western visual tradition. Also influenced by Islamic art, the paintings are equivalents to states observed in conducting group meditation or ‘Satsangh’ (‘Satsangh’ is a Sanskrit form meaning ‘to sit with reality’ or ‘to sit with the truth’). The paintings are retrieved from different levels of absorption in group meditation. Counter-pointing these large subtle works are mixed-media works on paper. These correspond to the conditioned mind and its projections, the detached observation of which is an essential part of the work of meditation. Chris Doris is launching a website to coincide with the launch of this exhibition (www.chrisdoris.ie).

'Satsangh' (November 2006)