The Face of Christ - A New Image

The Face of Christ
by Jonathan Byrne
Jonathan Byrne, an Irish Catholic artist with a special devotion to the Face of Christ has artwork too beautiful to not share.  On his website, Jonathan explains why he feels compelled to paint these ponder-ful images ...


Why Bother With a New Image?
There is some attraction to the idea of an image that is at once present and not present, seen and unseen. The Shroud, despite its uncertain history, is, at least, a highly resonant concept as it delivers a notion of a hidden image that can only be revealed in fuller detail through an X-Ray process. And, following from that, I have been developing a painting technique that creates a textural overlay onto an image, a texture of combed paint that delivers an effect similar to a distressed piece of cloth. So, the quest, then, is to create a shrouded image upon a canvas using the accumulated paint layers to create the effect of a veil or a shroud. 

They [Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus] took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths.  ~ John 19:40a

When Simon Peter arrived after him [likely John the Evangelist], he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head.  ~ John 20:6-7