St John the Baptist Parish Church, Malden - an inclusive Anglican Church in Worcester Park, South West London
Please can you let us know a bit of background of the painting, ie about the painter, the subject of the painting and what is the connection with St. John's
Ranil was a student at Richard Challenor School. I first saw his work in an end-of-year exhibition at the school, and was so impressed that I invited him to stage a small exhibition of his own at St John's. I bought this and a smaller piece from the exhibition. I have never asked Ranil to 'explain' the painting, nor has he ever offered an explanation. For me (and the reason why we have it for a short period in St John's) it presents a powerful and beautiful upward motion, which I easily associate with resurrection, In fact, it's possible to discern cruciform shapes at the lower end of the picture which reinforce this reading.I hope though that people will allow the painting to speak to them for itself; will allow God to speak them through it. I hope that people will find that the painting lifts their hearts and minds towards God.
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