“In the room where I write I have three of Hari Kirin’s paintings on the walls. One is a reclining Buddha, bright and vivid, just 12” square-a perfect painting.” To me, it shows that we can still make icons and sacred images without literally copying them or translating them into our own fashionable ideas”. Thomas Moore
Hari Kirin (b. Joan Hanley in Queens, NY 1955) has been a professional artist since finishing her BFA at Hartford Art School in 1976. Her twenties were spent between NY, at the School of Visual Arts or Columbia University, and Hartford, CT, where she participated in Real Art Ways. During this time she met her spiritual mentor, Mahan Tantric, Yogi Bhajan. In 1986 she moved to Cambridge MA to pursue her interest in art, healing and spirituality. In 1988 She received an MA in Creative Arts Therapies from Lesley University. At Lesley she was deeply influenced by psychologist James Hillman and writer Thomas Moore's ideas about images. She began exploring these ideas in her painting, collaborative group performances, and therapeutic art events. She returned to graduate school and received an MFA degree from Vermont College in 2001.
Recent Public installations include Office Hours, 360 oil paintings in the Dublin, Ireland Immigration office; The Flag Project, a community expression of diversity in the State Legislature in Concord NH; Axis Mundi, a 40 day meditation with local teens on a toxic site in Wilton NH, and MudMural, a collaborative organic Mural. Hari Kirin has shown her paintings in one-woman shows at The Brattleboro Museum, VT, The Mariposa Museum, NH and The Open Center NY, and Group shows in the Attleboro Museum, MA, and Liberty gallery Dublin, Ireland. Her work has been reviewed in CIRCA, Resurgence, Yoga International and Aquarian Times. Recent lectures include the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Hofstra University, and the One Earth conference. She has been a visiting professor of Contemporary Art History at Marlboro College VT, and an artist teacher for Vermont College and Maine College of Art MFA programs.
Hari Kirin lives in New Hampshire with writer Thomas Moore and their two children.
Her first book, Art & Yoga: Awakening Kundalini in Daily Life, was released June 2011.
*In 2007 Hari Kirin took Sikh vows and changed her name from Joan Hanley to Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa.