The Saint John’s Bible Student Exhibition Artwork: week 2 winner

June 4, 2014 – 12:47 pm

The Saint John’s Bible Student Exhibition Artwork: week 2 winner is Daniel Smith

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your artwork?
My art work was inspired by art deco style and so I incorporated art deco buildings from New York and Paris and the Eastern Orthodox use of gold and other metallic colours in their iconography.

photo of Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith with his winning artwork – The Temptation

2. How did The Saint John’s Bible inspire you to create this work?
The Saint John Bible inspired me in the various artists’ uses of colour.
2a) Were you inspired by a particular Bible passage?
Yes I was inspired by the passage of the Temptation of Christ.
2b) If yes, what was special about this passage?
It was special because I could visualise it. I could see and feel the experience of Christ.
2c) Did the style of the artworks in any part of the Saint John’s Bible influence the style you have chosen?
It was the overall feel of the St John’s artworks that influenced the style I used.

3. So, what’s your creative process like? Do you have a special painting ritual?
Messy. I usually set all my equipment in its place, double check I’ve got everything and begin. I also prefer to paint with the canvas lying flat rather than vertically on an easel.

4. Who’s your favourite artist? If you could ask them one question what would it be?
My favourite is Magritte. I’m also influenced at the moment by street art so I’d ask about how they approach their line variations.

5. What advice would you give a painter who is struggling with their artwork?
Be playful and curious and you’ll come through your struggles

photo of Daniel Smith with Jeannette Siebols, Senior Lecturer Visual Arts

Daniel Smith with Jeannette Siebols, Senior Lecturer Visual Arts

What is this all about?

How does the Bible speak to you? First-year visual arts students were invited to view The Historical Books volume of The Saint John’s Bible. They were then issued with a challenge to create a contemporary painting inspired by the text and illustrations contained in the work. 110 paintings were produced. 40 were displayed in the Strathfield Campus Library.

Five of the best artworks were then selected to win prizes by a panel of University staff including: Dr Dermot Nestor (Head of School, Theology), Ms Jeannette Siebols (Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts), Ms Monica Wondracz (Manager, Coop Bookshop), Medwenna Buckland (Liaison Librarian, Theology) and Maria El-Chami (Liaison Librarian – Arts). The standard of artworks was very high. The ACU Library would like to thank all students who participated in the exhibition for their contribution. Over the next few weeks, we will showcase interviews with the winning artists.


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