Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Hinge: Lion of Judah

The bottom-right cornerstone of "The Hinge" is a lion.  There are many references to lions in the Bible, but it is included in this painting specifically because it is an ancient symbol associated with the Israelite tribe of Judah & one of the names of Christ (This symbol is one of my creations...influenced by medieval depictions of lions in heraldry).  

In Genesis 49:9 you can see the earliest reference of a lion in association with the tribe of Judah.

In Matthew 1:3-16 you can see the genealogy of Christ and his association with the tribe of Judah.

In Hebrews 7:14, the author clarifies this connection.

In Revelation 5:5 the name "Lion of Judah" is used in reference to Christ.

Jerusalem's Coat of Arms

The Hinge

For years I've wanted to create a painting that reflects my Christian faith, but it has been difficult to come up with an idea that I haven't seen a million times in classic art (specific scenes fr
om the Bible) AND muster up enough confidence to produce something reverent and not trite (sorry, modern Christian art). I wanted to approach the canvas as a means of worship, like Makoto 'Kinkade' to be found in his work.

Finally, inspiration happened when I was asked to show several pieces at Mississippi College this fall. The following piece ("THE HINGE") is my single visual interpretation of the Gospels. Look for symbolism related to: Parables, Miracles, Names of Christ, Life of Christ, and the Triune God. 

Over the next few days, I'll post images of the panels individually and discuss the verses and symbolism therein.