"The Spirit of Joy" - working title
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu during the discussions on Joy at His Holiness's residence in Dharamshala, HP, India on April 21, 2015. (Original photographic reference by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL). Two Nobel Peace Prize Laureate icons are captured in arguably one of the most profound moments in recent human history. Showing how love and compassion for one another transcend racial, religious, and cultural differences. This painting serves as a commemorative historical piece, to share a defiant message of joy and hope. It is a reminder that we have the potential and the capacity to live better lives by simply embracing our common humanity.
"I have always harboured a special love and respect for the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu and view these two spiritual giants as shining beacons of light, representing the best of humanity. It felt fitting to help commemorate their historic meeting for prosperity and complete the painting in 2021, the year marking Desmond Tutu’s 90th birthday. Creating this painting brought me much joy. It gave me the opportunity to work through many of my own philosophical beliefs and contribute to bringing the idea of common humanity to life." –Charles Foley
Medium: Oil on stretched canvas
Size: A1 (1220 mm x 910mm)
Original painting has been donated to raise funds for The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
Possible Limited Edition Commemorative Signed Prints coming soon... (Watch this space)