Hari Kirin Khalsa

Artist Statement

For most of my life I have devoted my attention to both spiritual practice and to art. I feel a kinship with the surrealists, and artists throughout time who found ways to let the unexpected in. I am persuaded by ideas in Wabi Sabi, in particular the notion that beauty is a state of consciousness. For me the two-dimensional space of the canvas is a place outside of the literal, a sanctuary, where I can welcome soul. I live on a pond at the foot of Mt. Monadnock. She, the mountain, is my muse and inspiration. A few years ago, my book, Art & Yoga was translated into Mandarin and I began teaching in Asia where I discovered making ink daily: an essential part of my practice.


Hari Kirin (b. Joan Hanley in Queens, NY 1955) has been a professional artist since finishing her BFA at Hartford Art School in 1976. Her twenties were spent between NY, at the School of Visual Arts or Columbia University, and Hartford, CT, where she participated in Real Art Ways. During this time she met her spiritual mentor, Mahan Tantric, Yogi Bhajan. In 1986 she moved to Cambridge MA to pursue her interest in art, healing and spirituality. In 1988 She received an MA in Creative Arts Therapies from Lesley University. At Lesley she was deeply influenced by psychologist James Hillman and writer Thomas Moore’s ideas about images. She began exploring these ideas in her painting, collaborative group performances, and therapeutic art events. She returned to graduate school and received an MFA degree from Vermont College in 2001.

Recent Public installations include Office Hours, 360 oil paintings in the Dublin, Ireland Immigration office; The Flag Project, a community expression of diversity in the State Legislature in Concord NH; Axis Mundi, a 40 day meditation with local teens on a toxic site in Wilton NH, and MudMural, a collaborative organic Mural. Hari Kirin has shown her paintings in one-woman shows at The Brattleboro Museum, VT, The Mariposa Museum, NH and The Open Center NY, and Group shows in the Attleboro Museum, MA, and Liberty gallery Dublin, Ireland. Her work has been reviewed in CIRCA, Resurgence, Yoga International and Aquarian Times. Recent lectures include the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Hofstra University, and the One Earth conference. She has been a visiting professor of Contemporary Art History at Marlboro College VT, and an artist teacher for Vermont College and Maine College of Art MFA programs.

Contact Information

Studio Address:
200 Gilson Rd.
Jaffrey, NH 03452

Jaffrey, New Hampshire 03452-5112

Telephone: 6033211877

Website: www.artandyoga.com

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