James B. Janknegt
In the past decade I have found myself devoted to re-establishing painting that can be called Christian in the great tradition of the Church before the reformation and the outburst of iconoclasm changed the world of art forever. I am not, however, trying to paint in the style of the great Christian painters of the past merely attempting to paint in the same spirit. Below is a beautiful quote that helps define what "Christian Art" is:
From: ART TO HELP HUMANKIND CROSS THE "THRESHOLD OF HOPE" by Carlo Chenis
"Art is sacred if it is above all beautiful, that is, intrinsically splendid, because it is fully intelligible, so that it makes first the artist and then the person who enjoys it want to cross over into infinity. This art is religious if it produces a longing for the divine, namely, if it leads one to transcend one's own self in order to meet God and with him one's neighbour. This art is Christian if, through the adventures of the spirit, it recounts what happened between God and man in the history of salvation, if it rises to God like a sweet and profound prayer, if it makes "God's glory" visible, though in a hidden manner, in the celebration of the divine mysteries."
The Sleeping Farmer • 40"x30" • oil/canvas • 2016
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Lenten Meditations Book
I am self-publishing a book: Lenten Meditations. The book will contain 40 of my parable paintings, created over the last 16 years. Along with the paintings, and the scripture the painting is based on, I have written a daily meditation and prayer. There are 40 days in Lent so one painting, meditation and prayer for each day.
The book will be full color, soft cover, 92 pages and will be available for Ash Wednesday the beginning of Lent, March 1, 2017.
To view a prototype of the book designed by my friend Danny Schweers, go HERE.
I have a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to print the book. There are some great rewards including signed copies of the book, prints of my parable paintings and half priced, original parable paintings. To support my Kickstarter campaign go here: Lenten Meditations Kickstarter Campaign
To see what prints are available as rewards go HERE.
To see what original paintings are available as rewards go HERE.
Thank you for all of your support for this project!
I continue to work on my parable painting series and several commissions.
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