A Scene from the Play "Yotsuya Kaidan" (1836) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861), ukiyo-e.org.

The Ghosts of Japanese Folklore A close friend of mine, whom I met in Bangkok, has always been too interested in ghosts—their stories, also in mysterious techniques by which contact...

The encouragement of beauty, intuitiveness and relaxedness—qualities represented by the feminine principle—keeps the masculine in check. (Credit: Pixabay)

Masculine and Feminine Energies in Self and Society I have spent a lot of time reflecting on “the masculine” and “the feminine”—and several YouTubers have given me valuable insights on...

“The Lady and the Unicorn: À mon seul désir” (c. 1500), Musée de Cluny-Musée National du Moyen Âge, Paris.

Medieval European Artistic Objects

Medieval European Artistic Objects   While swiftly going through Western art history in college, I found that different periods—ancient, medieval, Renaissance, modern and contemporary—made certain immediate and general impressions on...

The post-decluttering state of bliss and peace is real. (Credit: Pixabay)

Last year, I wrote about the importance of decluttering—how it gives you a sense of control over your environment. This January, I found myself taking the practice to another level....

Handling Too Many Creative Ideas

Too Many Ideas Syndrome” (TMIS) is supposedly a real phenomenon and the subject of many discussions online. (Credit: Pixabay) When I was 13, my mum bought me an amazing thesaurus...

 Chaekgeori, the Scholar’s Accoutrements. Late 18th to early 19th-century Korea, The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea.   Some time ago, while searching for Korean art history I...

Art and Catharsis

  For more than a year now, I have been regularly watching an unusually prolific Indian YouTuber named Ranveer Allahbadia (@BeerBiceps) and enjoying his conversations with guests who may be...

DIY Home Décor Ideas

Recently, I resolved to add “Decluttering” to my daily task list, meaning that every single day I discard something I do not need or organise better something I do need....

Masks in African Art

  When I think of African art in the broadest sense, I immediately imagine masks—belonging to old communities living upon scorched earth or in dense jungles, masks used in rituals...

Visual Art on Alchemy

  “Alchemy” is a term I first discovered as a teenager via the bestselling novel The Alchemist (1988) by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. The book itself, a mystical fable about...

  In my September 2020 article on how artists could circumvent the elitism of the art world, I highlighted the importance of networking (without hard-selling), that is, introducing yourself to...

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Some Thoughts on Cézanne

Art fascinates. In a sense, spontaneity and intuition trumps intellect and I am drawn to the pioneers in art who threw away the rulebook. They wrote new stories. Paul Cézanne...

Cy Twombly: Poem Painter of Evanescence.

    Cy Twombly’s oeuvre covers a wide range of subjects, particularly history, ancient myths and poetry. Twombly used a range of mediums to work with, including house paint, oil...

    If you’ve taken a business class in school or college, chances are you have given some thought to why people consume (any product or service), how they behave...

A Mayan pyramid in Mexico. (Credit: Pixabay)

Looking at Pre-Columbian Art

  A part of history and geography that I find quite “unknown” is the Pre-Columbian world.  The fact that we call it “Pre-Columbian” itself indicates how obscure it remains in...

The Many Meanings of Myths and our Need for Them

    As my entrepreneurial journey progresses and life gets busier by the day—with more connections, conversations, proposals and plans—I find myself in greater need of energy. Yes, definitely greater...

The Psychology of Collecting

  Going through the Instagram feed (@larryslist) of “Larry’s List”–the Hong Kong-based art market knowledge company providing insights, data and access to contemporary art collectors—I have been thinking a lot...

Art therapy is simply the use of art to improve mental health and well-being. A study showed that it offers several benefits for its participants. In a nutshell, it can...