Alex Grey (born November 29, 1953) is an American artist specializing in spiritual and psychedelic art (or visionary art) that is sometimes associated with the New Age movement. Grey is a Vajrayana practitioner. His field of expertise spans a variety of forms including performance art, process art, installation art, sculpture, visionary art, and painting. He and his wife Allyson Grey are the co-founders of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, a non-profit institution supporting Visionary Culture in New York City.
View the clip below for an introduction to Alex Grey and his art by himself.
COSM is a documentary that defines Grey’s spiritual ideals by walking the viewer through a series of works made for Grey’s masterpiece, The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Grey, known for his cosmic, anatomically detailed paintings of humans connecting with the universe, takes the viewer on a journey from birth to death in this non-profit gallery/gathering space created for community gatherings. Starting with artworks depicting the physical body, Grey’s work branches out into an exploration of various stages in a person’s psychic and spiritual development, culled from a complex mix of Eastern and Western philosophical and religious perspectives. One potent example is a painting of humans dissolved into pure light, rendered in a series of hyperbolic curves and light beams bouncing off one another. Grey explains the concepts and inspirations behind each piece, to be the focus of each scene. Watching CoSM is a meditation not only on art viewing but also on an artist who believes in unlimited human potential.