Sunday, July 02, 2006
Tenth Annual Sacred Arts exhibit
Last night was the artists' reception for the Sacred Art exhibit at BoxHeart Gallery. Two of my paintings were in the exhibit (the ones at the top of the page) I have been pursuing spiritual imagery in my work for the past few years and this exhibit seemed like a good fit for me. Other images of work from this series are on my website, mostly in the Original Sin portfolio.
BoxHeart Gallery has been holding the Sacred Art exhibit for ten years now. The exhibit draws entries from all over the world and this year's exhibit was no exception.
One of the most striking paintings in the exhibit is Stephan Phillip's The Virgin and Child (pictured at left). Very somber in tone. The distortion is what really drew me to the painting. The gigantic legs, soft belly and round breast are topped by small shoulders and head. Through this distortion, the figure has taken on the proportions of some unclimbable mountain.
The Sacred Art exhibit strives to find work each year that steps out of the mainstream of spirituality, that challenges the viewers' preconceptions of the monotheistic religions with which our culture is most familiar.