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Community Highlights: Meet Scott Champion of Benjamin Creme Museum of Art

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Champion.

Hi Scott, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Benjamin Creme and his teacher introduced a new form of meditation called Transmission Meditation in 1974, which is now practiced in 75 countries. He was also a prolific author, writing 26 books before his death in 2016. I took up the meditation and fell in love with his art as did my wife Olga. Mr Creme was also a serious painter, first in the European modern styles of the mid 20th century, followed by his esoteric art, expressing the theosophical concepts in the writings of Helena Blavatsky, Alice A Bailey, and Helena Roerich. The esoteric painters the public are most familiar with are Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian, and to a lesser extent, Paul Klee. Mr Creme has taken these theosophical spiritual concepts far beyond those earlier painters. My wife and I were familiar with a number of people who were collecting Creme’s paintings and this small group decided that the world might benefit by bringing this groundbreaking art into a single location for public viewing. And we must say there is one overwhelming response of visitors to the Benjamin Creme Museum of Art: why haven’t we heard of this artist? An excellent question we think. It is our firm belief that Benjamin Creme will go down in history as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. At the present time, the museum has on display 32 original paintings of which two thirds are Creme’s esoteric paintings and the remainder are his modern work’s primarily from the 1940s and ‘50s. The museum has been a labor of love for the small group of people who pulled together to introduce Creme’s art to a major international city.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
As with any small nonprofit art museum funding is always a key issue. Also, the museum is entirely run and staffed by a small group of volunteers. Finding a location that fits our budget has been one of the more difficult challenges since our first location in Pacific Palisades followed by our move to a more accessible location in West LA.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Benjamin Creme Museum of Art?
Regarding the museum, we believe Creme’s art in time is destined to be recognized as the most important esoteric art in existence. The early attempts of the esoteric painters were important stepping stones to Creme’s art and the art of the future. The Tibetan Master Djwhal Kuhl has said that the art of the first half of the 20th century will be like comparing a child’s set of building blocks against the great cathedrals of Europe so advanced will art one day become. We believe Creme’s art to be the first major step into that new reality.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
Some of Mr. Creme’s videos on Transmission Meditation and also on Overcoming Fear come to mind.

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