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1 Modern American Biblical Art Contemporary Artists Interpretations of Scripture

2 Shari Smith Le Monnier An Indiana native Shari has a collection of over 60 paintings inspired by scripture. She was compelled to begin this collection when she started a five year program of Bible study The Good Samaritan Luke 10:33 “But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was: and when he saw him, he took pity on him.” The Temptation Genesis 3:16 “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food... She took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate.” Breaking Bread Luke 22: 19 “This is my body given to you; do this in remembrance of me... He opened their minds to understand the scriptures.” “Who is my neighbor?” Priest/Levite Love transcends prejudice & national boundaries Eve crouches, Serpant/Tree, Bright: Fruit=god’s gift of love & free will, Dark behind tree of life= inaccessibility -Christ last supper & Resurrected Christ Opening disciples minds ;Jesus @ head of the table; see from His perspective

3 Forrest James Kaiser “With paint, I wish to express my awe of the created world in an effort to reflect the glory of God.” For the Baker John 6:35 “To step into darkness and offer the bread of life to a hungry world is a task both glorious and strenuous. Without Him the race is one without finish.” Broken for You

4 Nick Supina III Paper Jesus Turned to Christ for comfort after years of suffering abuse Depicts children in pain comforted by Christ

5 Mark Taylor Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Taylor’s artwork reflects a constant application of scripture to every day trials “Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall” Isaiah 40:30 The figure portrayed is faint and weary, whose prayer is made in desperation to God, that he might be heard and his strength, restored “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 This young man rises out of weakness. With his focus lifted heaven-ward, his strength is renewed, like the eagles.

6 Terry Ray Flowers -A very different approach to scripture interpretation, more striking and vivid Eye Cartoon Mark 9:47 “And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be cast into hell.” God So Loves John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that who ever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus Movement “Smile, Jesus loves you.”

7 John August Swanson Good Samaritan Luke 10:33 Flight into Egypt Through groups or individual scenes, Swanson expresses old, familiar stories in new ways The Washing of the Feet The theme of the picture “encourages us to show love for all an true humility of spirit.” Swanson’s interpretation: “we are called to treat all with respect and to serve in our community in different capacities.”

8 Stained Glass Curtis Graphics Stained Glass- Classic, familiar, timeless art seen every week at mass Expresses scenes from biblical stories Inspiring and Beautiful

9 Purpose Statement In every religion, the faithful express their beliefs, morals, and even doctrines through art. Christianity is no different. Since Christianity began, artists have depicted the teachings of Jesus. Often in efforts to relay the meanings of parables and stories to the lay public. In evaluating Christian art in different time periods, our goal is to asses the continuities and differences of how people express their faith through art. In comparing Medieval, Renaissance, modern world, and modern American Christian art, we will be able to trace the evolution of how faith and scripture play a role in the lives of people. Some trends may remain continuous, while different expressions of faith arise from innovative forms of art.

10 Sources Initially, my goal was to find various artist’s we pages who had collections with religious or scripture oriented themes. Upon my search under “Modern Christian Art,” the site below came up. Christian Modern Art A Meeting of Christian Modern Art links on the WWW This site was a collaboration of various artists, with links established to each one of their websites. The site served artists with original Christian artwork by compiling their web page links into an easily understood format of a single page of links with a brief description describing each particular artist’s work. At each artist’s site I was able to view their online galleries and select which pieces to use in our project to convey the significant impact of scripture in modern artwork. Since each picture came from that artist’s website, the sources were very reliable. Moreover, each artist labeled their work with the corresponding scripture as well as their interpretation of what the scripture means and how they portrayed that meaning through their artwork. This site was central in my research. These are the artists and the corresponding links on the Christian Modern Art web page that I used (These are the same sites that are listed with each slide): Shari Smith LeMonnier Forrest James Kaiser Nick Supina Mark Taylor Terry Ray Flowers (Box Art) John August Swanson Curtis Graphics (Stained Glass) (The title page features artwork from the online galleries of Shari Smith LeMonnier, Nick Supina, Mark Taylor, Forrest James Kaiser, and stained glass from Curtis Graphics)

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