A project in the making since the year 2000 is finally coming to fruition and I hope out of obscurity.
The book is now on sale at Amazon.
The paintings were recently featured by The Advocate on their webpage.
The book now has its own website, a splendid creation of author Kittredge Cherry, with a beautiful Youtube video by Andrew Craig Williams in Wales and Kitt's partner Audrey Lockwood.
I spent 5 years painting this series, and Kittredge Cherry spent almost that long writing her splendid text transforming these paintings into a spiritual meditation:
Endless rows of corpses fill a vast black space in Jesus Among the Dead. Even in death, Jesus is not separate from humanity. He lies with the skeletons, the dead bodies, and the stink -- a common man in a common grave. Jesus can be identified by his crucifixion wounds. His corpses only stands out because it has not begun to decompose. He glows just slightly with a sick luminescence. Jesus just lies there, not judging, not rescuing, not rising. He is simply present with people in the darkest state of their being. This must be hell, or some human holocaust. Perhaps there is no difference.
The book is starting to get some international press. Here is a feature in the UK Pink News.
The comments are the usual horrified fundamentalists, Gay-Christian = Jewish-Nazi comments, and why-didn't-you-paint-Jesus-as-a-disabled-lesbian-of-color comments.
Ah well, I better get used to it. I knew I would be stepping on a lot of toes when I started painting this 14 years ago. I shouldn't be so surprised when people complain.