Saturday, July 12, 2014

Call for Entries: "Our Mob – God’s Story" Indigenous Christian Art Book

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Birth of Jesus by Max Conlon has been featured in the project's promotional materials.
Conlon is also one of the book's selection committee members.

It's been nearly a month since I've posted, mainly due to an online class that ended in early June and lots of stuff to catch up on since then. Anyway, please check out a flyer here about the upcoming Indigenous Australian Christian art book that I posted about in 2013.  It's called Our Mob – God’s Story and is being produced by Bible Society Australia for publication in 2017.  They're asking for submissions of "paintings which tell Bible stories or depict Christian symbols" by Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander artists.  The deadline for entries is July 31 2014.

All proceeds from the sale of the book will aid in providing Bible translations into indigenous Australian heart languages.  The book's selection committee is made up entirely of Aboriginal Australians.

The hope for Our Mob – God’s Story is to show "the depth of spirituality among Indigenous Christians while showcasing their talent, and [to be] a creative means of engaging people with the gospel."  Click here for more about the book and one of its selection committee members, Christobel Mattingley.  For more about artist and selection committee member Max Conlon, click here.  

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Curious Christian: How to Find Alternative Christian Art

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Shanghai-based artist Yu Jiade's interpretation
of Jesus as The Good Shepherd

Here's a great 2010 post from Matt Stone at Curious Christian called "How to find alternative Christian art."  He provides some great tips for finding Christian art outside of the typical Sunday School / desktop wallpaper variety.  

Matt has accumulated a great collection of all kinds of alternative Christian art at his blog, including lots of nonwestern/indigenous Christian art.  Check it out!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Kufic and Arabic Crosses

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Pascal Zoghbi, Photographer.


Here is a cool looking cross via Curious Christian and the source of the photo, Pascal Zoghbi at 29Letters Blog.  **world Business 1981*** reports that the wooden cross


is currently in the National Evangelical Church of Beirut, a Protestant church in Lebanon. The work was made in 1995 by the Lebanese Arab Christian artist Istfén. The writings are John 3:16; they say in Arabic "لأنه هكذا أحب الله العالم حتى بذل ابنه الوحيد لكي لا يهلك كل من يؤمن به بل تكون له الحياة الأبدية". Dimensions of the cross are 140cm X 100cm.
Another Arabic calligraphy cross by artist EveritteBarbee can be seen here.  It also contains John 3:16, once around the border and once in the cross itself. The centre circle reads "(he) loved".

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Cross Logo of Lutheran Indian Ministries

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From Holy Nation:

"The colors of this Native cross, along with the words, "Christ's Kingdom. Every Native American Nation,", communicate the focus of the Lutheran Association of Missionaries & Pilots U.S. to bring the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ to people of all races- red, yellow, black and white.


From Lutheran Indian Ministries:

While the legal name of the organization continues to be Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots U.S., Inc., the name Lutheran Indian Ministries was introduced to reflect our ministry to Native Americans by Native Americans.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Create International Animated Video for Li People

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Check out this new animated video by Create International for the Li people, whom I presume are the ones who live off the southern coast of mainland China on Hainan Island.  I don't really know anything about the video, except that it tells the Gospel story from eternity before creation through the ascension of Christ and beyond.  It seems to incorporate some visual cultural elements like dress and perhaps cultural symbols for God (including Chinese script), colors (?), as well as cultural music.  In any case, an interesting combination of computer animation and cultural forms to tell the Gospel story.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Because He Lives We Can Face Tomorrow

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Because He Lives We Can Face Tomorrowby Cree Artist Ovide Bighetty


From the reForming Relationships art tour website:

Kisemanito Pakitinasuwin - The Creator’s Sacrifice tells this foundational Christian story of Jesus’ death and resurrection - the story that makes all things new. Its vibrant imagery, familiar to some and unfamiliar to others - both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal—invites us to re-imagine how we think about and live out the relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples... Through these works of art, the Spirit of our Creator invites us to live in new ways - in re-formed relationships of peace and friendship. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Last Supper by Jamini Roy

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The Last Supper by Jamini Roy, c.1937–1940. Oil on canvas, 61 x 183 cm

From the Victoria and Albert Museum:

This work represents an instance of the artist's early fascination for Christian themes.
The painting depicts the twelve apostles in profile, six stand in the foreground and six in the background; Christ, is the only figure depicted in full frontal view. All the figures, have very large eyes, a characteristic feature of Jamini Roy's work. 
Jamini Roy (1887-1972) was one of the most important [non-Christian] artists of the modern period in India, drawing on the popular and folk traditions of rural Bengal for his inspiration. He developed his own personal style which was characterised by bold lines and flat use of colour. He used indigenous materials, including lamp black for the outline drawing, 7 basic colours (Indian red, yellow ochre, cadmium green, vermilion, grey, blue and white), which he applied with organic tempera, earth and mineral pigments to homemade canvas spun with fabric. His paintings can be divided into three main themes: the everyday life of rural Bengal, particularly the women of the aboriginal Santhal community, Hindu mythological subjects and Christian imagery.