Contemporary Biblical Art
Andy has made several pieces of contemporary biblical art over the past few years. This post highlights five recent pieces, four of which are available for purchase. Read more about what inspired these pieces below.
Andy painted this piece after hearing our friend John Bevere give a talk about his book, Good or God. Andy's painting was inspired by the following two verses:
"When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it." (Genesis 3:6)
"There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death." (Proverbs 14:12)
The general idea behind John Bevere's book is this: These days the terms good and God seem synonymous. We believe what’s generally accepted as good must be in line with God’s will. Generosity, humility, justice―good. Selfishness, arrogance, cruelty―evil. The distinction seems pretty straightforward. But is that all there is to it? If good is so obvious, why does the Bible say that we need discernment to recognize it?
You'll notice that in Andy's painting, Eve has a dove by one hand and the apple by the other. The apple seemed good to her because she was deceived. The dove represents the Holy Spirit, which gives us discernment to know what is truly good.
This piece also depicts the story from Genesis, but includes both Eve and Adam. It's actually a diptych and is sold as a set. Did Adam have a beard? I don't know, but you've probably noticed that Andy adds a beard to most men that he paints, which is perhaps a reflection of himself. Watermelon and pineapple are Andy's favorite fruits, so they both make an appearance. I also like the flowers in Eve's hair. As for the rings around Eve's arm... are they bracelets or the serpent? Andy left that intentionally ambiguous.
Andy's pieces inspired by Jonah and the whale have been almost as popular as his Western Lake pieces. Although the whale pieces vary in size and color palette, the prayer in Jonah 2 is always included. Several people have commented on how this piece touched their heart. I think a lot of people can relate to the story of calling out to the Lord in despair and being rescued by Him.
This piece was inspired by the woman who knew if she could simply touch Jesus, she would be healed. “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
Andy apparently had a pretty wild dream about the end of the world, and when he woke up he started painting this piece. It's a fictitious city that he named Nashvegas for no particular reason. While it's not necessarily a "biblical" piece, I love the details in it (Soul Train, Old School, etc).
If you're a fan of Andy's contemporary biblical art and would like to purchase one of these pieces, call him at (850) 502-0072.