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Quest As Realization 


Intimate and reflexive, the nondual dynamic of quest and realization is “ever-already” within the whole integral entity of entire existence-time. In and through the transformative power of emptiness, quest and realization function as orientational and perspectival foci of duality (expressive activity) and nonduality (active expression) without self-essence: subjectless, objectless, meaningless, and purposeless. 

Through symbols/images and mediums in the painting experience, the whole body-mind of embodying expressive activity opens to the embodying body of active expression/realization; quest is illumined and realization is darkened. Conversely, the embodying body of realization moves to and illuminates the shifting perspectives of quest for equilibrium; realization is darkened and quest is illumined.   

Painting: As One Side Is Illumined. . ., 

2007, acrylic on paper, 22.5" x 30"


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Quest as realization in Dogen's Zen

Free and Easy Wandering

Unconditional Relaxation, Marking Six, 1991, acrylic on paper, 13" x 18.25"

Quest with nonduality in Taoist yoga

Abstract and Figurative


Radical Adepts



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The Someone in Painting/A Picture

Fourth Lloyd Productions, 2016
268 pages, paper ISBN 978-0-9889391-2-7
8.5" x 10.5",199 color plates; 15 b/w plates $38.00

Self and reality are examined in this comprehensive retrospective of Richard Stodart's figurative and abstract paintings and drawings from 1973 to 2014.  The relationship of differentiation and equality, delusion and enlightenment, thinking and meditation, a picture and painting, embodying and the embodying body, is mediated by the "someone" that is ever-present in the dynamic for its nondual equilibrium. 


DreamMaking: The Intimacy of Picture/Reality

Words by Dr. Hee-Jin Kim • Paintings by Richard Stodart

Fourth Lloyd Productions, 2013
84 pages, paper ISBN: 978-0-9889391-1-0
10" x 7", 22 color plates $39.95

In DreamMaking, the orientational and perspectival foci of human fallibility (amid delusion/dream) and human perfectability (beyond delusion/dream)  entwine as all-Buddha-nature-sentient beings / emptiness.  From this nondual perspective, one lives amid/beyond  dream — expounds/makes a dream within a dream —without blurring the differences between duality and nonduality.  


Free And Easy Wandering: Markings On the Way

Fourth Lloyd Productions, 2007
84 page, paper ISBN: 978-0-9717806-3-7
8.5" x 11", 17 color plates $29.00

From ancient times to the present, from Homer's Odyssey to Dereck Walcott's epic poem, Omeros, the hero journeys to faraway places in search of adventure, freedom, and wisdom, and returns home to share the passion and advocacy of his realization with others.  

Inspired by a Taoist transmission of nonduality in Dragon's Play by Charles Belyea and Steven Tainer, Free and Easy Wandering: Markings on the Way  tells the story of a journey from isolation to nonduality within the dynamics of full awakening.  Twelve abstract paintings, called Markings, explore the deconstructive process in three stages: autonomy, aloneness, and  detachment. 

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