Aboriginal Art Brings Spirituality To WYD

Richard Campbell

Richard Campbell


Aboriginal Art Brings Spirituality To WYD
Thursday, 17 July, 2008
By Elise Dalley from PROJECTeye

WYD08 is using the art of renowned Aboriginal artist Richard Campbell to convey the message of Aboriginal Catholic spirituality to the pilgrims.

Nineteen of Richard’s works are being used as images on WYD08 merchandise, including t-shirts, key rings, magnets and cards.

“It is important to let people around the world know that there was a religion of spirituality in Australia before we were colonised by white people,” Campbell believes.

The oil and acrylic paintings of the Stations of the Cross show “the message of Christ himself: of good will. They show a message for young people, that although you are from different nations of the work it is important to recognise Christ and the connection between Aboriginal spirituality and bible stories.”

Richard Campbell was born into the Dhungutti tribe, near Bowraville on the North Coast of NSW, in 1956. As a child, he would sketch pictures for his dad, who would burn them into shields, spears and boomerangs and sell them for food.

After a tumultuous childhood, during which Campbell was removed from his family and taken to foster-care, he began painting again. It was then he realised his gift. Through painting, he felt his own spirituality come flooding back to him. He began to remember the stories of his people, noticing the similarity between Aboriginal stories and stories of the bible.

Campbell’s appreciation of his culture, including his physical and spiritual surroundings is conveyed in his work. “They show the way Aboriginal people lived – by the law of the land. You’ve got to look after everything; humans, animals, the environment and the land.”

Richard hopes that the use of his work on WYD08 merchandise will help explain to the people of the world that “we all have a spiritual connection, we’re all brothers and sisters, with the animals, the trees, rivers and rocks, we all belong to one big God – call it Christ, we call it Birrigun, we are all one in God.”

Campbell is working at the Australian Museum in College Street during WYD week celebrations. He is offering painting demonstrations and talks to anyone who is interested in the connections between Aboriginal spirituality and the bible.

ProjectEye is a content partner for SBS providing critical news coverage of WYD08 from a youth perspective.

Reference

Alternate Views Of Jesus Christ In Art – Pictures – Society

Alternate Views Of Jesus Christ In Art – Pictures – Society
As an update to the former article entitled Jesus Photos – Sathya Sai Baba Crucifix – Sketches, Art, Pictures Of Jesus Christ, this blogged post will look at alternative artistic depictions of Jesus Christ.

Mandala Image Of The Shroud Of Turin Jesus’ Eyes:

Shroud Of Turin

Shroud Of Turin

Reflections On The Christian Jesus Of Nazereth:

Reflections On Jesus

Reflections On Jesus

A Different Perspective Of Jesus. He’s Looking Down, We Are Looking Up:

Looking Up

Looking Up

Father, Son & Holy Spirit – Indian Depiction Of Jesus Christ:

Indian Jesus

Indian Jesus

Black Jesus:

Black Jesus

Black Jesus

Black Jesus

Black Jesus

Race Of Jesus – Wikipedia (select quotes):

The race of Jesus has been a subject of debate since at least the 19th century. The physical appearance of Jesus of Nazareth was debated by theologians from early on in the history of Christianity, though with no explicit emphasis on race.

Different societies have depicted Jesus and most other biblical figures as their own ethnicity in their art; for example he is primarily white in the West, and black in Sub Saharan Africa. Such representations are not, in the modern day, usually intended to be historically accurate. The current dominant opinion among historians and scientists is that he most likely had olive skin, resembling modern-day persons of Middle Eastern descent. Others, however, have suggested other possible racial backgrounds. For some Christians the question is complicated by the belief that his birth was a unique miracle, an “incarnation in flesh of divine substance.”

By the Early Middle Ages the positive view of Jesus’ looks was bolstered by a number of descriptions of him purporting to date from his lifetime. Nicephorus quotes a description of him as tall and beautiful with fair wavy hair and dark eyebrows that met in the middle. He had an olive-tinted complexion, “the color of wheat.” One Publius Lentulus is supposed to have described him as perfectly beautiful in features, with “hazel-coloured” hair that flowed to his shoulders, and a forked beard. His eyes continually “change their color.” Epiphanius Monachus provides a similar description, in which Jesus is six feet tall, golden haired, with black eyebrows, light brown eyes and swarthy skin “like David’s.”

Not all depictions of Jesus are intended to literally represent how he is thought to have looked; many such representations are largely symbolic, spiritual, and personal, and the race chosen may be intended only to reflect, or more recently to contradict, local expectations. This may be true of both pictorial and cinematic portrayals.

Additionally, whether intended to be realistic or not, images of Jesus throughout history have almost always characterized him as being of the race of the artist or target audience, further complicating the task of determining Jesus’ race and sometimes leading to racial tensions. Categories of racial difference have also changed over time. While the German artist Albrecht Dürer often depicted Jesus as blond and the Spanish artist Velázquez depicted him as Mediterranean, there is no evidence that either of them would have interpreted these differences in terms of separate racial identities as they might be in modern America, in which “WASP” and Hispanic peoples are sometimes characterized as racially distinct. (Reference)

Also see:
Wallpaper Pictures Of Jesus – Gallery One
Wallpaper Pictures Of Jesus – Gallery Two
Wallpaper Pictures Of Jesus – Gallery Three
Jesus Photos – Drawings – Sketches – Art – Pictures Of Jesus Christ