Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Negative spaces have value in art, life and theology

Monday, July 24th, 2023
Negative space

When I retired from teaching, I decided to try to learn to draw. I bought Betty Edwards’ highly recommended “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” One of the ways to free the right brain from left brain control, writes Edwards, is to practice drawing negative spaces — the spaces that surround the objects Read more

Local priest and businessman depicted in religious artwork

Thursday, June 9th, 2022

A religious artwork was removed after a local priest and a businessman were found to be depicted in it. The $17,000 painting of St Sabinus meeting St Benedict features the head of the charity which commissioned the work as well as the priest who runs the cathedral. Read more  

Andy Warhol’s Life Revolved Around Sex, Drugs—and Catholicism?

Monday, May 10th, 2021

Andy Warhol is synonymous with Pop art and celebrity, Campbell’s Soup and Marilyn Monroe—but one driving force in the artist’s work that people may not know about is Warhol’s relationship to Catholicism. Read more

NZ bishops to commission artwork commemorating dedication to Mary

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Aotearoa New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are seeking an artist to create artwork commemorating Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier’s 1838 dedication of the country to Mary the Mother of Jesus. The bishops’ National Liturgy Office has begun advertising for an artist who will create a work incorporating Mary for a special commemoration next August 15, the Feast Day Read more

Pope Francis begs in Milan street, his cassock in tatters

Monday, May 25th, 2020

On a street in Milan, the capital of Italy’s Lombardy region, which has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis begs for alms, his cassock in tatters. Read more

Andy Warhol’s “Sixty Last Suppers” was one of the Catholic artist’s last works

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Lifelong practising Catholic, Warhol’s spiritual side became more evident in his art in the 1980s. The retrospective, which includes the artist’s iconic images of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s soup cans, also includes a 1986 work entitled “Sixty Last Suppers,” a large-scale compilation made up of repeated images of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” A major Read more

Catholic messages on skateboards?

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Motherboards a Denver company is shining a light into the skater world with its cool Catholic skateboards and snowboards. Lisa Fixleris the founder and president of Motherboards. A Catholic mum who lives in Denver, she vividly remembers the moment that inspired her to start the company. Read more

Manuele living life to the full

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Manuele Teofilo was recently awarded the Chairperson Award at the Oceania Young Writers Conference in Melbourne. The 27-year-old belongs to the Christian Fellowship For Disabled in Auckland. Manuele has been involved in many national camps. Last year he was a volunteer at the Centre and is now a member of the Christian Disability Trust. Manuele Read more

Two vases stolen by Nazi regime returned to family after 80 years

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Two vases, estimated to be worth about $120,000, were returned to the family of Harry Fuld 80 years after they were stolen from his widow by the Nazi regime, in a ceremony made possible by the joint efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team and the American Embassy of Germany, according to Read more

Shirtless statue of Pope Benedict causes art sensation in Rome

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Jacopo Cardillo, an Italian sculptor of international standing, whose working name is Jago, has portrayed Benedict XVI  shirtless instead of dressed in the usual papal regalia. Ever since the technically remarkable sculpture has been the object of both criticism and praise. Read more