The Saint John’s Bible Student Art Exhibition at Strathfield Library

February 17, 2014 – 7:13 am

If Caravaggio could see this: The Saint John’s Bible Student Art Exhibition.

It’s not about throwing a bit of paint on canvas then praying for a Caravaggio. It’s about composing, reworking and getting it right. The assessment request was simple: view the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible housed at the Strathfield Campus Library, then produce a painting inspired by the text and images contained in the metallic illuminations.

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Over several weeks, first year Visual Arts students got to work on their oil paintings, creating over one hundred and ten pieces covering diverse biblical subjects such as The Temptation of Christ and the story of Creation. Jeannette Siebols, Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts, believes that her students “responded to the challenge of reinterpreting timeless stories…which were made culturally significant, autobiographical, secular or symbolic.”

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Forty of the best student artworks have been selected for display by a panel of ACU staff. The paintings will be exhibited on Levels 1-3 of the Strathfield Campus Library by Orientation Week 2014.

Want to know more about The Saint John’s Bible ? – take a look at our guide.

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