Tag Archives: mary padgelek

NAMES OF GOD Series 2

I further explored this subject, the names for God given in the Old Testament, using different materials and adding human images to the paintings. I did this because each name relates to how God relates to us. I have 11×17 inch signed prints available of each painting for $50. The first painting: ELOHIM–THE CREATOR. (GENESIS 2:4) Artists create from existing… (more…)

ART AND FAITH 1

Art and Faith 1 I’m currently thinking about Art and Faith because of a class I will soon be teaching at Wesley Theological Seminary, and new work I will create as an Artist in Residence while living on the campus of a seminary. My faith and its mystery are a part of everything in my life, from my interactions with… (more…)

THE VISIONARY ART OF J.B. MURRAY

VISIONARY ARTIST J.B. MURRAY

ATHENS SERIES

I began creating my series of paintings on Athens in 1984 and I have been adding to the series for over 25 years. There are approximately sixty paintings in the series as of 2010 and quite a few of the businesses now no longer exist. The inspiration behind the paintings was to capture the uniqueness of Athens, a community I… (more…)

BIOGRAPHY

I studied art at the University of Georgia for both undergraduate and graduate school, and in 1998, I graduated with a Ph.D. degree from the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Mercer University Press published my book related to my dissertation research on the visionary folk artist J.B. Murray in 2000 ( In the Hand of the Holy Spirit: The Visionary… (more…)

REVIEW OF “HANDS OF THE SPIRIT” by the Red and Black Newspaper

Musical tells artist’s tale passionately PLAY REVIEW By BLAKE DANIEL Published , October 18, 2004, 06:00:01 AM EDT At one point in “Hands of the Spirit,” a character describes the lead character’s paintings, saying, “There’s a purity and a passion that comes from his believing.” “HANDS OF THE SPIRIT” When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Sunday Where: Lyndon House Art Center,… (more…)

HANDS OF THE SPIRIT: The Musical

For his family and community of Mitchell, Georgia, J.B. was like a fire from heaven coming in the midst of their quiet, small town life. To the world of art, he was a reminder of the joy and passion of creation for a cause beyond oneself. He stirred anger and he stirred resentment. He stirred up a new belief in… (more…)

J.B. MURRAY AND HIS ART

In his early seventies, J.B. Murray (1908 – 1988), a quiet African-American man from rural Georgia who could neither write nor read, suddenly began to write, paint, and draw flowing yet often erratic abstractions. Believing that he had received a vision from God, Murray suddenly began to create art. Murray believed that the Holy Spirit was moving his hand and… (more…)

IN THE HAND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Visionary Art of J.B. Murray published by Mercer University Press, 2000

My Book In 1978 a seventy-year-old black farm worker in rural Glascock County, Georgia, received what he believed to be a call from God. Though unable to read or write, J. B. Murray began to draw and paint flowing abstractions under what he understood to be the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Over the next ten years, Murray created paintings… (more…)

WISDOM