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The On Being Project

Enrique Martínez Celaya

The Whisper of the Order of Things

A philosopher's questioning and a scientist's eye shape Enrique Martínez Celaya's original approach to art and to life. A world-renowned painter who trained as a physicist, he's fascinated by the deeper order that "whispers" beneath the surface of things. Works of art that endure, he says, possess their own form of consciousness. And a quiet life of purpose is a particular form of prophecy.

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  • Enrique Martínez Celaya

    Enrique Martínez Celaya

    is the Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts at the University of Southern California. His many books include On Art and Mindfulness, published by Whale & Star Press, an imprint he founded in 1998 to publish works of art, poetry, and critical theory.

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Image By Ann Herold/Los Angeles MagazineEnrique Martínez Celaya works on a painting for an exhibit in New York City in 2015.

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    Funding provided in part by the John Templeton Foundation. The Templeton Foundation supports research and civil dialogue on the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind: Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going? To learn more, please visit templeton.org.

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