In this digital age, can art be expressed through these new medium? Can computers compete with pens, brushes and other classical tools used in the visual arts? In the creations of Barna we can see that he can use these new instruments to express artistic beauty and devotion as well. Barna is a perfect example of how we can use computers to create amazing images of Lord Krishna’s Pastimes. The Collection contains works of art depicting the avatars of Vishnu, the Bhagavata Purana, Krishna, Mahabharata and Ramayana. His representations of the divine lilas are full of colour and movement. They are at the same time loyal to the scriptures from where they manifest.
This requires not only a creative impulse and inspiration but a strong spiritual practice and lifestyle. And a strong desire to consult experts in the scriptures to make sure that artistic freedom doesn’t contradict or distort the descriptions in the scriptures. We are also very fortunate that new printing machines and techniques can bring to life the luminosity and vibrant colours out of the digital into material elements. The technique is called pigments prints on special archival paper done by David Adamson. The combination of new software programs, new computers and new methods of printing can open doors into new worlds of artistic expressions in the visual arts.