Twelve

Twelve (2013)

This work was commissioned by Cornerstone City Church for display at the Jasper Centre in Rochester, Kent. It is based upon the foundation stones of the ‘New Jerusalem’ as described in Revelation and uses geometry to symbolise the hope of the church:

 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4

The colours of the gem stones are painted in order of appearance as listed within the Biblical text, Revelation 21:19-20:

“The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.”

The variance in biblical translations, the ambiguity over some gem colours and the variety of colour, tone and temperature within each gem type allows for a fluid interpretation within the painting; more than one colour per gem is portrayed and therefore more than twelve colours exist in this painting.  This is meant to signify the diversity within the Church (as the Bride of Christ) in that the ‘bride’ i.e. the ‘Lamb’s wife’ also appears to be the ‘New Jerusalem’ in Revelation 21:9-10

“Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

Here the identity of this place seems to be entwined with the identity of its people through the joining of heaven and earth; this is the hope of ‘a city that is to come’ Hebrews 13:15

This is the other version of the painting:

painting entitled "Twelve I"

Twelve I (2014)

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