By Jacob Shupp, Talon Staff writer
There exists a lot of Christian art. Some are wonderful paintings, some are gorgeous sculptures. Some are even in forms of poetry or in music, such as the case of Johan Bach. One of the most famously known Christian paintings is “The Last Supper”, and a very famous Christian sculpture piece, called “David”. But what about the less known artists and paintings? What about the ones who make fantastic work yet somehow seem to fly just under the radar? One of these unpopular artists is Makoto Fujimura.
Definitely Makoto’s best and most famous paintings, is The Four Gospels. Similar to The Last Supper, this painting exists in separate panes/paintings. However, The Four Gospels only has four panes with 4 scenes, staying faithful to its name.
The name would lead one to believe the painting is made after the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. However, after a quick look at the painting, the message can be understood in many different ways. Two of the four paintings are almost just pure colors; one of them is an icy blue with unique shapes, and another is streaks of fiery orange with the flames loosely resembling an animal. The other two are very strange. One of them seems to be a scene of african trees and grass, with a hawk soaring above, and the last one appears to be the trunks of withered trees in the night sky with menacing red streaks all around.
An average person would believe these four paintings to be completely random at best. However, Makoto’s work seems to strive to be an interpretive artists’ dream. The painting is sort of a puzzle for the viewer to figure out; not only what they are or what they mean, but how they relate to each other and the gospel itself. What do you think they mean? Look it up and see for yourself.