Beginning with the sensibility of the painter, Stephen Newton illuminates the psychic essence of ritual procedure as practiced universally since the dawn of man’s self consciousness.
By drawing on his own radical experience as an abstract painter, Newton excavates the elemental inner processes that are finally manifest in the wider cultural arena. He locates the common roots of art and religion at the hidden source of timeless ritual and its cathartic transforming power.
ART & RITUAL will be of interest not only to students of art, anthropology, and the history of mysticism and religion, but also to those interested in the potential that art has to regenerate an individuals’ very existence. As the esteemed American art critic Donald Cuspit has said,
“This book is truly major.”