"Origin and Return 4", collograph etching on hand-made paper, dated 1999, 20/20, unframed approx 9" X 38". The title phrase, Origin and Return, comes from a series of Shapiro's paintings by the same name. Shapiro devoutly studied and practiced Buddhism, which had a profound influence on his work. He developed a practice that included contrasting Eastern concepts such as mudra, a symbolic Buddhist or Hindu hand gesture; savasan, the lying-down posture in yogic practice; a “clearing” as in to clear the mind, and “origin and return” which represents the opening and concluding points of meditation. He also was captivated by Asian art which taught him an appreciation for stillness, simplicity, and the beauty of calligraphic line. Shapiro internalized these influences, mixed them with his spirituality, and fused them into a way of working and a style that were distinctly his own. Condition: small faint crease at corner.