"@ Marc C I agree"Shelama - I actually don't think that
you are agreeing with the premise of Marc C's comment.He seems
to be saying that only LDS artists are "influenced" by the Spirit, and
that the works of artists of other faiths do not measure up.Isn't that the opposite of the point you are making?
We have a print by McNaughton, It hangs in our dining room across from a print
of the mural in the DC Temple. Everyone who sees it stops to admire the detail
of this work.Some great artists work for the masses, others for the
wealthy few. Not being one of the latter, I settle for prints.
A very interesting story. Thanks.
The first time I saw a Richards piece, Christ washing the disciples feet, I felt
deeply connected. One day, I hope to have one of his pieces above my mantel. I
am very pleased that he is doing well!
@ Marc CI agree. For more God-inspired and Spirit-influenced
artists, I personally have to also include the Catholics --- Leonardo,
Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, etc, etc, etc.Rembrandt seems to
have been more Reformed Dutch than Catholic but I can see enormous and direct
influence of the Spirit, there, too.Also Gainsborough's Joshua
Reynolds, both Anglicans.Vermeer, Albrecht Durer, Bruegel, and van
Dyck also seemed to have God's favor. And Gericault, Vermeer,
Albrecht Durer, Bruegel, van Dyck, Hans Holbein The Younger, John Singer
Sargent, van Eyck and Velazquez.I think also there's a lot of
the Spirit in van Gogh and in Picasso, too.Like you, I'm just
glad that God likes good art and takes the time to inspire good artists.
"Why are there so few LDS artists and writers?" You would do better
asking "Why are there so few ANYTHING writers and artists". Good and
great artists are few and far between. I dare say the numbers in the LDS faith
community would closely reflect the general population. Gifted people who rise
to fame and notoriety in any profession are few and far between which makes
their work even more valuable and enjoyable. There will be more
great and notable artists come from the ranks of LDS members in the future as
they embrace the principles of the gospel and apply them to their work.
It's happening more now than ever before in my opinion. I recently had
opportunity of comparing portraits by LDS Artists of early LDS Church leaders in
Kirtland, with those painted by members of another faith (pictures of Emma and
Joseph Smith for instance). The contrast was striking and helped me see how the
Spirit influences our artists to capture warmth and spirit in their portraits
versus the dower and "flat" look of the other portraits I was comparing.
Why are there so few LDS artists and writers ?
Wow! Great stuff. Really, really nice. This is real talent and real art.And, thank God, not another McNaughton.
One of my favorite artists.When my wife and I married we were
encouraged to have a picture of Christ in our home. It took us five years to
agree on a picture. That painting, "Every Knee Shall Bow" by Richards
was the first of many paintings we own by Richards. We've also purchased
two of his books and hope to buy more of his artwork in the future. I love his
style and hope to some day buy an original piece. If by chance
Richards reads these comments and takes requests… I would love to own a
painting focused on Joseph and the Christ child. There is a lot of nativity art
focused on Mary but virtually none focused on Joseph.