Four images from Geraldine Wheeler to be used in your advent. Christina Rowntree recommends Geraldine Wheeler's artwork as particularly suitable for data projection. These image files are data rich and will look like stained glass when projected.
- Mary greets Elizabeth
Gouache stencil painting on black paper. c. 1994
This is an interpretation of the story in Luke 1: 39-45. In western art the scene is usually titled The Visitation. Together with the greeting of the two pregnant women, Mary greets Elizabeth contains other panels which make reference to the intertwining of the lives of Jesus and John the Baptist, the geographical settings for much of the ministry of each, the occasion for John’s death in prison and Jesus’ crucifixion.
Image size: 3139 x 4134 File size: 7.62mb
Gouache stencil on black paper. 1987.
The reference is to Mary’s song of praise, Luke 1:46-56, “My soul magnifies the Lord.” This gouache painting is one of the first series of nine works depicting the stories of biblical women, the series titled “Women’s Praise”, painted as I explored the possibilities of the medium for the theme of biblical women.
Image size: 2983 x 3661 File size: 6.27mb
- Mother and Child with Australian Native Flowers (Version 1)
Gouache stencil painting on black paper. 2010
The group of artists in SE Qld. known as Visionaries took as the theme for an exhibition at the Australian Catholic University and then at Mueller College, Rothwell, in 2010, a contemporary response to any of the religious art in the Queensland Art Gallery. In responding to “Madonna and Child surrounded by roses”, 17th century Dutch painting by Jan van Kessell the Elder (the flowers) and the Circle of Simon de Vos (the Madonna and Child), I have drawn upon work that I have done over several years as I searched for ways of expressing the seasons of the Christian year within an Australian setting. Mother and Child are depicted as indigenous Australians. Across the centuries, artists have re-interpreted the biblical stories into their own cultural and ethnic settings, thus reflecting the universality of the Gospel message.
Image size: 3172 x 3543 File size: 7.18mb
- Flight from the Dictator – with reference to Picasso and Fairweather
Gouache stencil painting. 2015
The biblical reference is Matthew 2:13-18. This painting employs a traditional depiction of the flight of the holy family into Egypt after the visit of the Magi and Herod’s decree to slaughter the boys under the age of 2 in Bethlehem. The remainder of the picture draws upon the way two other artists have made reference to the suffering experienced under a dictator and alludes to why people may become refugees. Epiphany (Queensland Art Gallery) by Ian Fairweather (Scottish/Australian, 20th century) depicts the story of the visit of the Magi to the holy family, with Herod lurking in the background, and lower panels in his painting depict the slaughtered children. Picasso’s huge painting Guernica (now in the Reina Sophia art museum in Madrid) was his protest against the Nazi bombing of the Basque town of Guernica in Spain during the rise of Fascist dictators in Europe in the 1930’s. In Australia today it is not unusual to see a sign on a church notice board saying “Jesus was a refugee”.
Image size: 3801 x 2953 File size: 6.94mb
Geraldine Wheeler is a retired minister of the Uniting Church in Australia who has been using images as visual interpretation of scripture to complement preaching and teaching in words and as a means of entering into prayer and meditation for several decades. She has drawn, painted and made prints from school days, studying art at high school and taking adult classes with artists such as Clem Forbes, Wim de Vos and Michael Winters. She is three times winner of the Maleny Art Awards Christian Theme section and is founder/co-ordinator of the ecumenical group of artists in S. E. Queensland, Visionaries. Her Ph. D. thesis (ACU 2004) examined the possibilities for the role of visual art within the theological understanding of the Reformed Tradition of Christianity.
Copyright and use:
Do: You are free to utilise these images in congregation or faith community settings with acknowledgement and attribution. When using the images, please ensure that you include the attribution to Geraldine Wheeler in printed and projected media within a list of credits if not immediately under the image.
Don’t: Please do not use these images for your own personal use (e.g. making your own Christmas cards).
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