Saturday, 17 September 2011

SACRED LIGHT - The Christ Journey

A major exhibition of stained glass, paintings, woodcut prints and wood carving by sculptor and painter Greg Tricker will be on show at Westminster Cathedral from 26th September to 15th October.

SACRED LIGHT: The Christ Journey will consist of thirty-five new works exhibited in the St Patrick and St Andrew side chapels on the south side of the cathedral, with five large stained glass pieces to be hung in the nave.

Greg Tricker’s profound and simple style of painting is influenced by the work of Vincent van Gogh. The exhibition focuses on the theme of Christ’s journeys - Nativity, Ministry, Passion, Death and Resurrection and on the journeys of a gathering of saints: Mary the Mother of God, St Francis, St Clare and St Bernadette.

What others have said about Greg Tricker:

"Greg Tricker is a deep painter, somebody possessed by a vision of holiness. He has an extraordinary command of technique, simple, yet charged with meaning beyond the surface. Steadily, quietly, he gleans out and captures his subject with gentle rejoicing." Sister Wendy Beckett

"I particularly love your woodcuts and your stone sculptures. They have such a special quality about them." HRH The Prince of Wales

"I really love the beautiful childlike style which reminds me of Ethiopian icons." Sir John Tavener

"I admired the work . . . I think it has immense presence and ‘Romanesque’ solidity, and I found this very effective applied to more modern subjects like St Bernadette." The Most Revd Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

ST PAULS has published a book, The Christ Journey, to accompany the exhibition, which contains reproductions of the 34 pieces in the exhibition; each piece has a reflection written by Sister Wendy Beckett. Her inimitable style of writing enables the reader to enter more fully into Tricker’s work. Drawing upon her experiences gained from a life spent in prayer and study, she highlights for us the artist’s own spirituality evident in his work, whilst firmly placing the pieces in the context of the Gospels and Christian tradition.

Tricker does not simply provide a retelling of the life of Christ but, as Sister Wendy herself writes, he "… sees Christ as embarking on a cosmic journey through all time, and so he adds images of saints, some from later centuries, especially dear to him: St Bernadette, St Francis, St Clare. He is revealing his profound conviction that the Christ Journey is for each of us, our own journey." (From her introduction).

The book will be available from ST PAULS Bookshop in Westminster and from the Westminster Cathedral Gift Shop from 26th September.