Over the next three months Pat Kane explores some of the exhibits coming to the Focolare Centre for Unity in March 2024. These form part of the impressive Methodist Modern Art Collection.
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Richard Bavin says of his beautiful painting:
‘The dawn light filtering into the tomb became the essential element, creating a pathway from the grave back into the world.’
‘This is a painting primarily of absence. It is the beginning of the third day, a few moments after Jesus has walked out of the tomb into the garden.’
This dramatic work places the viewer inside the tomb, where we too are drawn towards the light beyond, ascending the steps to follow the resurrected Jesus.
Richard’s contemplative painting reflects his own spiritual practice and Christian faith, which has led him to explore themes such as the Resurrection through art.
After a career in IT project management and three years helping to run a retreat centre in New Zealand, Richard responded to a lifetime’s desire to paint. He studied fine art at Hereford College of Arts and the University of Gloucestershire (Cheltenham School of Art), graduating with first class honours.
‘The Empty Tomb’ is now part of the Methodist Modern Art Collection, and has been chosen as the poster image for the exhibition, ‘Deepening the Mystery’ to be held at the Centre for Unity, Welwyn Garden City during Lent and Easter 2024. The exhibition will feature twenty-five works from the Collection, and promises to be a real treat. Do put the dates (opposite) in your diary!
The Empty Tomb by Richard Bavin. Watercolour, 545 X 815. Date: November 2012
Date of exhibition:
1st March – 7th April 2024
Focolare Centre for Unity, 69 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6JG
Picture: ©Richard Bavin, The Empty Tomb, ©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes