A heart full of gratitude to Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Ludhiana (GGNKC) for featuring my painting “Omnipresence” on their front cover. The article, written in eloquent Punjabi by Dr. Tejinder Kaur of GGNKC, can be found on pages 6-8 of the magazine linked here.

The gist of this has been translated in English below:

‘Art ’is an immense, all embracing broad concept which is extremely difficult to express in words. Perhaps that is why even though there are many definitions of art it has still not been determined what it really constitutes. It is that part of human culture which requires persistence and commitment to make it praiseworthy. It is in this context that we will present to our readers the life and work of Dr. Juss Kaur, a very talented and accomplished artist who intertwines words and colors onto her canvas. Along with being an artist she is also an author, a teacher, and an international education consultant.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Juss Kaur first moved to the United Kingdom when she was 13 years old, and then to Canada where she completed her higher education at Concordia and McGill University. It was during this time that she first discovered her passion for art, which was fully realized when she went to Oxford University much later in life to get her doctorate in Education.

The drop is in the ocean, and the ocean is in the drop. Who understands, and knows this?

Guru Granth Sahib, 878

The unique feature of Dr. Juss Kaur’s work is that each of her meditative paintings is imbued with thousands of miniscule handwritten mantra – Waheguru. Every painting, whether it is of nature or any part of it, animals, flowers, trees, water or human form has the word Waheguru written in every part of it. This vibrant and thought-provoking Mantra Art harnesses the power of creativity to encourage a personal inner journey towards understanding one’s own divine nature. Inspired by the Sikh concept of Oneness, Mantra Art presents a universal approach to a life that is mindful of the Divine presence in everything and everyone. This is an exclusive way of showing Divine Omnipresence. Her book The Mantra Art: The Journey Within urges and inspires all to look within and recognize all Creation as One. All proceeds from the sales of her book and paintings are donated to Khalsa Aid, an international NGO with the aim to provide humanitarian aid to all.

We applaud Dr. Juss Kaur’s efforts to support humanity and pray that she continues to produce awe-inspiring spiritual paintings with her hands. Furthermore, may they continue to adorn our hearts and homes. We are honored to feature one of her paintings as the title page for the Parvas Magazine. (July-Sept 2020 Issue).

Dr. Tejinder Kaur
GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana. Punjab

What a delight visiting Ditton Park Academy, a mixed, mainstream secondary school located in Slough, Berkshire. The workshop was aimed at sixth form students taking Art for their ‘A’ levels. The students had a chance to flip through my book first – Mantra Art: The Journey Within, released Oct 16 – and note down any questions. They were curious about the mantra, the medium, the textures and colour choices. They wanted to know how much the time it took to make one painting and how one can find the love and dedication to create such art pieces.

Their questions were truly impressive and showed their own intentions to become artists. When invited to write their own chosen mantra into an image that they either drew themselves first or pick from a ready-made Juss Kaur art piece, they were quick to pick up the technique and found the art and style ‘soothing and relaxing’. In addition they found the flow and texture of the paintings very appealing. When asked the question, ‘what inspires you to do art’, they were quick to point out their feelings about art. They said that they liked the freedom and ability to express themselves, to transform images and make them their own. One of the reasons the students mentioned about what inspired them to want to art is also very close to my own heart. It was about seeing the varied reactions of the viewers.

I, too, see the Divine most clearly not in the works themselves, but in the budding curiosity and unfurling excitement of the viewers. I see the sacred in their reception of the embodied feelings. Art gives us the space for attention, thus making it look like a prayer. Art gives us the much-needed space to notice each other and our own souls – so we can hear the still small voice. Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Rothko all have given the world paintings that inspire near-universal adoration, and all have expressed, through both pigment and the written word, spiritual motivations for their art.

Heartfelt thanks to the organizers, Parmjit, Mrs. Dawson and Pam Brar for putting this event together, and to the remarkably talented art students for hosting me. Loved meeting you all! Wish you success in all your aspirations. ??


 Thank you  PAMA for being such excellent hosts!

The Tunnel Exhibition which was just over a month long event had a fantastic range of artwork. It was an honour to meet some of the artists.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Juss Kaur moved with her family first to the UK where she completed her high school education and then to Montreal, Canada. Here in the Belle Province she got her Higher Education at Concordia and McGill University. It was during theses years that her passion for art began. Ever since then Juss Kaur has been having an affair with paints, pens, oil pastels, brushes and her wonder for nature and His creation. It was during her journey back to Oxford University much later in life where she went to fulfill a dream to get a doctorate; that this passion resurfaced and became an integral part of her daily routine.

Juss Kaur considers herself blessed to have such a supportive loving family and special friends who have been instrumental in keeping the fire burning. She is deeply grateful to her Beloved for keeping the song alive within her soul and for the constant reminders that she is not only a scholar but a dancer, a painter and a lover.

Reflective Mantra Art is a term that I coined for the art that I began to produce over the years.

After painting an image, which is usually a reflection of a spiritual nature, I use calligraphy to write the mantra ‘waheguru’ in Punjabi (ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ) all over the image as a meditation.  The sentiment behind this is that all creation, every molecule and particle has God’s Presence embodied in it. This hints at the illusionary nature of our world and at the same time implies that the spirit surrounds us.

Waheguru -Pronounced “Wah-hay-guroo”. Wah means Infinite, hay means Thou, and Guru means the Higher Self (the Divine Teacher within you).

Vibrant oil pastels blend beautifully to provide just the right colorful palette for the background of the meditative mantra. The resulting effect resembles Pointillism, which was developed in 1886. Branching from Impressionism it involves paintings in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form images. Depending on the size, each image can contain between 500 to over 20,000 hand-written  ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ‘s.

It is my sincere hope that I am able to translate emotions into art so that it creates a place where fellow travellers pause for a moment to reflect on the message.