Methodist Art Collection now online

by Richard on June 18, 2009

Betcha didn’t know that there was a Methodist art collection. I just picked this up in my in box:

A masculine Christ, a radiating Cain eyed by a simmering Abel and a floating vision of a dove are just a few of the works of art now online in the Methodist Art Collection

Art lovers have already been inspired by the Collection, which began in the 1960s following the enthusiasm of Methodists Dr John Gibbs and Revd Douglas Wollen and the help of a charitable fund. It includes more than 40 works by Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink and many other renowned artists from William Roberts’s ‘The Crucifixion’ in the early 1920s to Ghislaine Howard’s 2004 ‘The washing of the Feet’. The modern creative expressions of Christian faith come alive through a range of materials; from oil through to tempera and gouache, acrylic through to aluminium.

Toby Scott, Director of Communications and Campaigns, said: “The touring Collection if often on display, but its online debut makes it available to everyone at any one time. The works challenge the way we think of God, and how we visualise Jesus. Religious art has been at a cornerstone of western art for centuries, but these works of art continue to find new ways to depict the divine. The website is delight for art lovers and anyone seeking a different way to think about faith.”

Most of the online works are accompanied by commentaries, either from the artists themselves or by art critic Francis Hoyland.

David Webster, Internet Communications Coordinator, said: “This is a great new resource for people, whether Christian or not. Looking at the images in the art collection is an exciting way to reflect on the Christian message. Now they are accessible online this will also make more people aware of the Collection, and hopefully inspire them to visit the touring exhibition.”

Information on the work and on the artist can be found, together with a relevant Bible passage, in ‘The Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art: An Introduction’ by Roger Wollen, published in 2000 by the Trustees of the Collection (ISBN 0-9538135-0-9). In full colour, it is obtainable at £3.50 from Methodist Publishing.

Or from Amazon of course.

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tortoise 06.18.09 at 3:59 pm

… a radiating Cain eyed by a simmering Abel…

Shome mishtake shurely?


Richard 06.18.09 at 6:38 pm

You’re right, of course. Shall you tell them, or shall I?


fatprophet 06.18.09 at 9:26 pm

I really think this is good news - I assess section ‘B’ of faith and worship and one of the assignments students have to do is a meditation on one of the paintings from this collection - there are some fascinating pieces of work submitted. I used the batch of cards in a powerpoint presentation when leading a discussion at our church and it has been very well received. Both my son and I have used this method since in a number of places. It will be good to have access to more pictures.


Richard 06.18.09 at 9:49 pm

I agree, FP. In my last circuit I was the LP tutor (I wonder if you marked any of the stuff we submitted?!) and I always found that unit fruitful.


PamBG 06.18.09 at 10:14 pm

We had the Methodist Art Collection in Bewdley last year. Most of it was at the town’s museum; some were at the Anglican Church and at the Methodist Church. What was interesting about stewarding for this was just sitting for a few hours with the same paintings.


Olive Morgan 06.19.09 at 7:25 am

It was interesting that I had never seen Ghislaine Howard’s ‘The Washing of the Feet’ until I researched it to put with this news bulletin on my blog.


Karen 06.19.09 at 8:49 am

Tortoise is right. The mistake has been corrected on the Methodist Church website:


Richard 06.19.09 at 6:33 pm

Has the culprit had to endure some ritual public humiliation?

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