God Being Killed By Theists And Atheists by Mark Sheeky

G425A God Being Killed By Theists And Atheists
Oil on panel
May to Jun 2012, Size 300x450mm

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About this painting
Painted for a competition with the theme of religious violence, I originally thought that an attack on atheism would, in the context of the competition, be the ultimate violent act. After some thought, this idea was inspired by a story of forsaking religion and then becoming devout.

On the left is religion, with Catholic references including the portrait of Pope Innocent X. On the right are monkeys, representing atheism, struggling in convoluted thought. Monoliths of a monkey and a bishop face each other across the chessboard. Both in unresolvable conflict.

God dies in the sky, dripping blood down and across the scene. His heart pierced by the flying whirling crucifixes, up, down, and all directions.

In the centre is a separate crucifix, in peace on the horizon. A distant symbol of Jesus, oblivious to the worries of the chess players, yet ever present. Yet this religious symbol can also also be a gravestone. Not devout peace, but an atheist death. Thus the painting shows both devout religious peace and atheist contentment at the same time, depending on viewpoint.

Technical details
I made an elaborate frame to accompany the work. It has a wood base with plaster and clay mouldings, with resin and other materials finished with a gold effect. Some elements from the painting, like chess pieces and flying crucifixes were incorporated into the frame and the concave arch at the top included sculpted mourners, or worshippers bowed before the cast cross.

God Being Killed By Theists And Atheists
New frame currently in development.

Limited Edition Giclée Reproduction (Limited To 100)
Price: £125.00
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