New for July 2019

July 6, 2019

New for July 2019

For the month of July, I have selected three images from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection depicting the Return of the Prodigal Son, the climactic moment in Christ's much-loved parable in the Gospel of Luke, when the wayward younger son is welcomed home in an fatherly embrace. Although these works, now on view in The Prodigal Son page in The Parables of Jesus gallery in the Bible Stories and Parables section, are very different in style and mediums, they all present an up-close and personal view of the moment of reconciliation, where the defining themes are love and forgiveness. Jamie Lee, a British mural painter now living in Paraguay, gives us hints of a biblical setting in his image of the tearful father hugging his naked son, rendered in the cartoon-strip, pop art style of Roy Lichtenstein. The other featured pieces transcend time and space. Filipino Artist Lyn Deutsch's richly textured enamel on poly glass painting is an expressionist study in pure emotion where the wayward son appears as a crushed child sheltered in strong parental arms. In his agitatedly sketched lithograph, Philip Evergood, a New York artist active in federally-funded projects in the New Deal Era, presents the moment of meeting (above left) as a psychologically intense encounter between a father and son who recognize all the ties of blood that bind them. (John Kohan)