All the completed paintings from the second Passion series can now be found here:
Jesus Rises, oil on canvas, 26" x 26", 2020
Albion rose from where he labourd at the Mill with SlavesThe inscription is a paraphrase of lines from John Milton's Samson Agonistes.
Giving Himself for the Nations he danc'd the dance of Eternal Death.
The latest of new creatures was the serpentOvid describes the battle as hard fought costing Apollo most of the arrows in his quiver before the monster finally succumbs.
Even you, great Python of hillside and valley
Who haunt the deepest shadows of men's hearts!
Wherever the monster turned, green darkness fell
In winding paths through sacred grove and briar.
Then bright Apollo with sun-tipped arrows
Whose swiftness stilled the flight of goat and deer
Aimed at the beast with darts that fell in showers
-- Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book I, translated by Horace Gregory
I have noticed that the majority of artists who have tackled modern subjects have contented themselves with public and official subjects, our victories and our political heroism. Even so, they do it with an ill grace and only because they are at the beck and call of the government that pays them. But, there are private subjects that are much more heroic than these. Scenes of high life and thousands of uprooted lives that haunt the underworld of a great city, criminals and prostitutes...are there to show us that we have only to open our eyes to see and know the heroism of our day.