We share this season of lights.
Jews celebrate by lighting Chanukah menorahs. Menorahs are a symbol of the tree of life, a holy tree. Chanukah is also called the Festival of Light.
According to John 10:22-39, Jesus celebrated the Feast of Dedication, which is Chanukah.
When Christians decorate Christmas trees with lights, and Jews light menorahs, they are participating in similar
activities. The same goes for the Kwanza “tree” of lights.
The Bible, and also the physical universe (according to physics) begins with the sound of light.
So, while a sunset image may not be a traditional seasonal image, like the poinsettia, candle, cardinals in the snow, or even handwritten greeting on a dollar bill, which have been some of my previous holiday greetings, the symbolism of light works for the season, whatever holiday(s) you celebrate.
In ROTHKO LION WARHOL SUNSET ( Study 1) the symbolism of the portraits is both secular and religious, as Rothko and Warhol are both also known for their spiritual or religious artworks. The lion refers to their stature (for me as an artist, as they have influenced my work, but and also based on what seems to be a consensus that continues to be backed up by auction sales), and is also a symbol for the Lion of Judah, the Jews and hence the tribe of Jesus’ royal birth. The artwork below is a study for a much larger painting on canvas that will be approximately 4.5 feet by 8 feet.
The dollar bills that form a kind of frame are a visual comment on the relationship of art and money, and the stature
of these artists, and as a holiday card a comment on this season’s materialism.
May you and your loved ones be blessed in this season and throughout the new year be filled with light, happiness, health and safety.
ROTHKO LION WARHOL SUNSET (Study 1)
by Judy Rey Wasserman
2012, tradigital print
To inspire and brighten your day and season see previous holiday greetings and artworks click on titles:
Holiday Greetings! Poinsettia Psalm Artists 2011 Greeting
Green Holly Greetings – Green Holly Greetings 2010
Holiday Greeting 2009 Male and female cardinals in snow
Limited edition prints of Male Cardinal and Female Cardinal
’08 Holiday Greeting – Candle Blessings
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art at ungravenimage.com.
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