THE DAVINCI CODES: POWERS OF PHI: ORGANIC FORMS EXHIBIT AN AESTHETIC PROPORTION KNOWN AS THE 'GOLDEN MEAN' OR PHI RATIO, MATHEMATICALLY EXPRESSED AS 1.618 WHICH IS INTEGRAL ALSO TO MODERN 'FRACTICAL' OR NON LINEAR MATHEMATICS. THE USE OF THIS PROPORTION IN THE HIGH ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF CLASSICAL TIMES CORRESPONDED WITH THE PHILOSOPHICAL CONCEPT OF 'WISDOM THROUGH BEAUTY' UPON WHICH THE GREEK 'SCIENCE' FOR ETHICAL ENDS' WAS STRUCTURED. PLATO TERMED THE PHI RATIO 'THE KEY TO THE PHYSICS OF THE COSMOS'. PHILOSOPHY, ART AND SCIENCE WERE THUS IN SYNERGY; A TREASURE LOST TO MODERN FRAGMENTATION AND SCIENTIFIC REDUCTONISM.
Morris Graves (American, 1910-2001),one of America's most esteemed artists of the Pacific Northwest, is best known for his paintings which reflect his journeys into the realms of spiritual and transcendental consciousness and for those symbolic representations of his mystical beliefs.
"I paint to evolve a changing language of symbols, a language with which to remark upon the qualities of our mysterious capacities which direct us toward ultimate reality." --Morris Graves