I’m always on the lookout for contemporary Christian artists who are highly skilled and expressing their faith in a striking and original way. I guess that’s because I’m looking ahead to how I might do the same. I don’t know that all these artists would necessarily refer to themselves as ‘Christian artists’, but their faith clearly comes through in their work.
I first heard about Alexander McKenzie on the Talking with Painters blog. I love that he’s not afraid to work in symbols. I was also fascinated to see him using traditional rabbit-skin size in the video above.
Another artist I’ve recently discovered is Cody F. Miller. Totally different—and amazing. I think I first saw (and loved) his painting Ruth & Naomi’s Light in the book Exploring Color Workshop: 30th Anniversary Edition by Nita Leland.
Makoto Fujimura creates beautiful work that draws on abstract expressionism and the Japanese tradition of Nihonga. He’s also just brought out a new book called Art & Faith: A Theology of Making, which I’m keen to read.
Of course, I really like Colin McCahon, but I’d probably be pushing it to call him contemporary now. 🙂