Layers of interconnectedness abstract painting in blue and black by Adele Cloony

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Enso Paintings

An Enso, synonymous with a Japanese Zen circle and has its origins from Chinese Buddhism and Taoism, with its extensive connotations from a symbol of enlightenment to completeness and emptiness.

It is said that the artist’s heart and mind are captured in the present moment of the painted Enso and perhaps a reminder of impermanence once completed.

Artist Adele Cloony in her studio with 100 Days of Enso paintings

This simple but meaningful form has been the starting point for much of my work for many years, usually interconnecting many layers, in different mediums or colours - building on both physical paint layers and meanings to each series. Being a British born Chinese artist living in London, my contemporary artwork is an amalgamation of both my eastern and western influences,

It explores a non-linguistic expression with calligraphic gestural markings, embodying the essence of Taoist and Buddhist philosophies. Creating a visible manifestation of moving energy through the brush onto paper, where the movements of each mindful brushstroke are interconnected with the breath.

Painting Enso with mindful movement workshop

Saturday 20th August 2022

A Cloony Tai Chi sword

With the longer summer days, I thought to do an outside workshop next to my Art studio (or inside if it decides to rain).

It would be lovely if you would like to join me in north west London for a 2 hour workshop in the morning

10-12pm or afternoon 1 - 3 pm. Spaces will be limited and you won't need to bring anything but yourselves. Please just wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes/trainers.

We will be practicing some simple Qigong (energy movement) warm ups, walking and standing meditation. Quietening the mind and focusing on breathing and being in the present moment. Followed by a short break and demonstration of Zen Enso painting, which you will then be able to try for yourselves and take home your own artwork.

You do not need any previous experience.

Less then 10 mins walk from tube station. Please email me if you have any queries.

Click the link to book a ticket via Eventbrite.



Kindred Spirit magazine
Enso Calligraphy

I hope you managed to read my two page article in Kindred Spirit about my journey with Internal martial arts and meaning of calligraphy and painting Enso circles.

You can always purchase a pdf copy by clicking the link.

White Framed Enso paintings

These original gold and silver leaf and black ink paintings, were created mindfully, in a meditative and tranquil space, connecting mind, body and breath, evoking movement and energy.

The dynamic gestural strokes were painted using traditional Chinese calligraphic brushes onto natural linen or cotton canvas boards and completed with bespoke wooden frames to create these minimalistic contemporary artworks.

Black ink Enso paintings in bespoke wooden frames

Adele Cloony minimalistic monochrome artwork for sale

Created with traditional calligraphy brushes, these dynamic gestural strokes were directly painted on cotton canvases. Completed with bespoke black wooden frames, giving these artworks a contemporary feel, which are ready to hang in your home, office or studio.

Created mindfully, in a meditative and tranquil space, connecting mind, body and breath capturing 

movement and energy.

100 Days of Enso painting

All of these 100 Ensos have been individually hand-crafted and are one of a kind, so don't miss out, once it sold, its gone... 

10% of sales from this project will be donated to The Lelung Dharma Trust. This charity was founded by H.E. the 11th Lelung Rinpoche, who currently lives in London, devoting his time across several projects. 

These Ensos were collated during a project on Instagram #100dayensoadelecloony where an Enso a day was 

posted for one hundred days.