This curious painting by Indian Jewish artist Siona Benjamin is called Tikkun Olam. In Jewish teachings, Tikkun Olam is any activity that improves the world, bringing it closer to the harmonious state for which it was created. The pale blue female figure, balancing on a lotus flower, is a portrait of the artist herself. With … Continue reading Indian Jewish Art
"Angel Visits Joseph" and "Angel Visits Mary" by A. K. Satheesan, 2009
The following exerts are from Indiginized Christian Worship in India: Some Considerations. Westernised Posture "Another significant aspect that the Indian church lost in worship was the posture of worship. In most Indian religions worshipers sit on a thick mattress spread on the floor. People sit on the floor, with their legs crossed, as an expression … Continue reading Contextualising worship for Indian Christians
Shiva is one of the most widely known and revered Hindu gods. In the Hindu mythology, Shiva is the Destroyer, working in concert with Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Protector. Shiva has always fascinated his followers by his unique appearance: he has not two but three eyes, has ash smeared all over his body, … Continue reading A visual guide to Shiva symbolism
Jesus Christ is crucified” by Jamini Roy Jamini Roy (1887-1972) was an influential (non-Christian) Indian artist who forged a style that was both Indian and avant garde, taking crude Kalighat Pat styles as his sources of inspiration. Although I find his art eye catching I can't help but notice that, as with many non-Christian artists who delve into … Continue reading The Indian Art of Jamini Roy
An image of Jesus in India by an unknown artist. Whatever its artistic merits I can't help thinking that art like this is too syncretistic to properly be called Christian. It is one thing to depict Christian stories in Hindu style. It is another to depict Jesus as a Hindu. This strikes me as more … Continue reading Not Quite Christian Art: Hindu Jesus
From John Nicol Farquhar, 1861-1929: "Here, then, we have the secret of that similarity which we are all so clearly conscious of, when we read a Gospel alongside of the Gita. In the Gospels we have in historical form the authoritative utterances of the historical Jesus; in the Gita we have the imaginations of a … Continue reading Gita and Gospel
I love the art of Satheesan A K. It has a distinct Indian style without sacrificing the Christian substance. This one is entitled "Zaccheus Meets Jesus". I also appreciate the image link that Fine Arts America have put together for bloggers. This is art promotion done well.
Cody Lorance has written some interesting comments at The Ramblings defending his "Hare Jesus" language in contextualising the good news for Indians. What's your view? Do you get where he is coming from or do you find it too extreme?
An interesting article on an Indian Christian artist: Jesuit Father Roy Mathew Thottam looks every inch an artist, from goatee beard to cream-colored kurta, the long shirt so beloved of poets and artists in India, and the jeans that complete the picture. Balding and looking older than his 45 years, the priest from Kerala is … Continue reading Witnessing through the visual arts
"The Dedication of Jesus" by Satheesan A K. I found it at Fine Art America where it says, "This painting is done in the traditional mural art style of Kerala, India. This style of art is normally done on the walls of temples and churches and depicts stories. The artist, Satheesan A. K., has worked on … Continue reading Christian Art: Indian Jesus
I was talking to one of our Sri Lankan members the other day when he revealed that Sai Baba was a much bigger influence amongst the Hindus of western Sydney than I'd realised. For the uninitiated Sai Baba is an popular Indian guru who considers himself greater than Christ. In his Conversations with Bhagavan Sri … Continue reading Sai Baba and the Christ question