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Here They Are…The First Paintings of 2012

February 11, 2012

The first thing I did after the new year was paint this series of little Christ images. They were inspired by my earlier 40 Christ Portraits project and additionally by the Shroud of Turin–thus the subtitles “golden shroud” and “grey shroud”. The paintings were made on muslin cloth gessoed to the panel beneath. I made the edges of the fabric part of the composition to heighten the shroud theme. These pieces will be part of my March show at Authenique Gallery in St. George. The paintings range in size from about four inches to seven inches. The frames are in progress–I’m not sure yet what the dimensions will be.

Cristo LXIX (Golden Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LXIX (Golden Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo L (Golden Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo L (Golden Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LI (Grey Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LI (Grey Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LII (Golden Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LII (Golden Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LIII (Golden Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LIII (Golden Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LIV (Golden Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LIV (Golden Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LV (Golden Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LV (Golden Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LVI (Golden Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LVI (Golden Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LVII (Grey Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LVII (Grey Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LVIII (Grey Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

Cristo LVIII (Grey Shroud) by J. Kirk Richards

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2012 7:38 pm

    Hey Kirk,
    Love these! I have definitely got to get down there to see these beautiful things. Hope life is good for you and your family.

  2. Samuel permalink
    February 11, 2012 11:32 pm

    Kirk! These are wonderful! Much more so than your previous Christ portraits, I feel like these have direct allusions to Fautrier’s “Hostages” paintings–which is emotional and thought-provoking. That reference really makes these pieces multifaceted for me, dialoguing with art history as well as using the reference to expound upon doctrine of Christ’s atonement and contextualize it a little more clearly with actual, human suffering. Furthermore I think the parallels between these pieces and Fautrier’s, both in terms of obvious narrative (both Jews, both suffering unjustly, etc) and formal elements (rough, open-form handling of the materials) is really poetic and deeply moving. I hope I’m not missing everything you intended with these paintings and the Shroud of Turin, but what I see loudest is how they interact with Fautrier’s works from a Christian perspective and not in a trite way (which I think is difficult to do when you deal with something as immense as the Holocaust). For me that makes these pieces uniquely engaging emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and artistically. They’re beautiful. I wish I could see them in person.

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