Countercultural II

Countercultural II

This is part two of ‘Countercultural’, and it goes with this delightful quote I found: 

countercultural 2 christian art

countercultural oil portrait by Ans Taylor

Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s real rebellion.
Alice Cooper

If you’d like to know more about ‘Countercultural’ have a look at this blog post

 https://www.anstaylor.com/blog/countercultural-rebellion-art/

or read below:

Countercultural: 

When tolerance is not linked to a widely agreed-upon ethical structure – we tolerate those who disagree with that structure – but is untethered to any structure, it becomes the supreme good, and soon becomes astonishingly intolerant of those who disagree with this new tolerance. 

D.A. Carson 

In ‘Countercultural’ I wanted to depict an honest spirituality and the personal dialogue with a God that is no longer acceptable in our mainstream culture. In an age without objective truths or absolute authorities, the concept of an universal good or evil fades into ‘personal preferences’. Everything goes – except saying that not everything goes. 

Having become a Christian quite unexpectedly at age 40 it seemed no one would have been more surprised than me. But soon I discovered my search for truth in an ‘organized and outdated religion’ instead of choosing any hip fareastern-western ‘bake your own God’ mix reaped harsh criticism from many secular friends.  

Moreover, my distasteful new habit of not putting God in a convenient corner to be dusted off once a week, earned skepticism even from some Christian acquaintances. 

Weren’t us artists traditionally the ones provoking thought and discussion? So here’s a new ‘rebellion’: I painted a real Christian – not one paying lip service or using the name  for political reasons – in all her beauty caused by grace and peace coming from a deep well. 

(Note: This is the text to Zoey, modeling for CC1 – and all her grace and beauty. Since CC2 is a selfie, I don’t want to assume I’m all that grace-soaked quite yet….)

 

 

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