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Jesus Appears In The City
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Jesus Appears In The City
1991, 30 x 35 cm

the original photo

The simple explanation of this is that it's my attempt to make a pastiche of the El Greco of Christ casting the traders out of the Temple, which I've always loved for its passion. (He did more than one version of this painting, the one I like most is here, an earlier one here )

There is a slightly bonkers story also, in that I made the picture I believe a year or more before the first IRA bomb in the City, and it appears to have an oddly precognitive aspect in that I much later saw TV footage from the same spot (because it's a good place to put a tripod) with the same buildings and a pall of smoke going up behind them, struck me very much anyway.

Of course it's a picture of Mammon in disarray, the flames are from the magazine version of a car ad of the period. I was telling someone the story in a gallery once, described the ad as "that terrible ad" and the person said, "oh, you know a friend of mine art-directed that ad..." The Christ figure, on which I've very unusually done some retouching to fix the 'rays', is called 'The Divine Mercy', the object of a sort of Catholic cult of which my grandmother was fond. (see Sr. Faustina..).

When I was about 10 an enlightened teacher got us to consider 'what would happen if Christ re-appeared in the world today?', and we of course came to the conclusion that He'd be arrested and probably crucified again.

This montage was featured on the cover of 'Creative Camera' magazine, issue 3:23 (one for the 23 afficionados- see here if you're not).


Private Collection.



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