About Zenetics Design

Zen is the art of life.

Motion is the art of life.

–Ian Garlington PhD (Founder of Zenetics)


We believe that art has the power to transform places and people. By utilizing leading imaging and display technologies to introduce movement to the painting medium, we have created a new art form that universally connects with viewers at a most fundamental level. Allow us to demonstrate how the power of motion painting can create for you a unique and attractive environment that will impress people from any walk of life. They won’t be able to look away.


Zenetics Design was founded in Portland, Oregon by Ian Garlington in 2018. Prior to this Ian had spent several years living and working in Japan as a literary scholar, translator and film-maker. At a decisive moment he switched from writing and literature to non-verbal artistic expression as his main life activity and returned to Oregon with the singular vision of creating these motion paintings. After endless experimentation and collaborative problem solving, Zenetics Design has emerged as a professional application of Ian’s innovative art.

Artist Interview: Ian Garlington

Ian and his first movie rig

Q: Were you exposed to art when you were growing up?

A: “When I was a little kid my Dad was always making furniture with all different kinds of wood and was obsessed over the finish and touch of his pieces. My mom was doing pottery and weaving all the time and I was an only child and so I was always playing nearby while they were working. I always just assumed that being creative was just something adults did. Then, my fourth grade teacher was going to school to get a masters in fine arts and he was young and inspired and really took things to another level in terms of art education. Me and the other kids would come in an hour early to take classes from him on perspective drawing and we were making sculptures out of found objects and learning art history. It was amazing. I have been constantly engaged in doing some creative expression since then.”

Q: You said your art is non-representational. Tell me more about your intention with your paintings?

A: “My art is expressive of rhythms and thresholds that emerge through motion and flow. Our perception is grounded in rhythms that we passively ascertain from the flows of the world. There are rhythms everywhere, but our worlds are composed of the rhythms that are meaningful at human speeds and scales. All else remains invisible. I think people recognize certain shapes and forms or movements when they see my paintings. Since there are no identifiable objects in the painting, it is like it is an expression of underlying pure forms. People feel a sense of joy and exhilaration when their brain sees those patterns and then connects them back to something they have seen in nature.”

Q: How does the process of creation differ from other more traditional art forms?

A: “There are two stages of my artistic process.  The first involves layering the paint and then setting it into motion. The temperature, consistency, pigments and chemical balances all interact in a way that makes it difficult to predetermine the interaction of the colors. Therefore the biggest danger of the first stage is that no flows of interest would be produced. Maybe I did not add enough water. Or it was too cold in my studio.  Or the colors did not retain their boundaries, and so on.

“The second stage involves selecting and capturing the flows of paint when they are visibly at the perfect balance between chaos and cosmos: the Chaosmos. My canvas is generally less than a 3×2 inch area that I light with LED lights and photograph and film. While the paint is most active I have to quickly identify areas that show the most potential to change and evolve most dramatically and then get those areas under the macro lens and in focus before the points of motion have dissipated.

“As this process yields no “original,” digital reproduction of the captured flows is required. I am currently exploring various new printing options and oversize display technologies for moving paint films.”

Ian Garlington currently lives with his family in West Linn, Oregon.