West Cork Artist, Writer, and Zen Buddhist Monk
I am an Irishman conceived in Paris, born
in Munich, educated in America, who has
traveled over most of the world. I spend
every moment of my life in the happily hopeless
task of learning how to put into form and words
what cannot be seen or spoken. Thomas Merton
said poetry was a door to that place about which
nothing can be said. Virginia Woolf wrote, ‘We
have reached the edge where painting breaks off
and takes her way into the silent land... and all our
words will fold their wings and sit huddled like rooks
on the tops of winter trees.’ I ask why something
must mean? Does dawn mean? Do stars?
A flower? Broken city streets? When art devolved
into being just for its own sake, we lost something
vital – a voice for the reality and joy of our being
in the world. Art emerges from the ash of thought
when it is touched by our need to be affirmed by
reality. To me the joy of reality subverts our ego’s delusions about reality.
Joy is the great revolution.
Reality is the last nostalgia.
No blame. Be kind. Love everything.
Terrance's work can be viewed by appointment at his home studio, Kealties, Durrus, West Cork.
Terrance accepts commissions and can be contacted by email: email@example.com
and by phone: 00 353 (0) 27 62889
His work can be viewed online:
Read about and view images of Terry's beautiful new book here:
The Blue Cliff Record
His book, Zen Encounters With Loneliness, has been published in a new edition by
A wide selection of his artwork, past and present, is now available at
reasonable prices in a wide variety of print and poster formats at:
Endless is My Vow
Spray enamel on special paper 36" x 60+"
Winter Trees, Nos. 1 & 2
Spray enamel on canvas, each 18" x 48"
Nothing To Do
from The Buji Variations, No 4
Spray enamel on TYVEK, 36" x 60"
There is Nothing Wrong With Joy
from the Enso series
Encaustic on canvas 36" x 48"
Catching the Ox
from The Ten Oxherding Pictures, No 4
Spray enamel on TYVEK, 36" diameter
A Boy Running in the Wind
Feather & ink watercolour on paper, 18" x 24"
All photographs and illustrations remain copyright of the artists and may not be reproduced in any form without permission