We are delighted to announce the upcoming exhibition: Jesus Laughing & Loving.
In 2019 the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture became the permanent home to an important collection of paintings bequeathed by the late Harry Wallace, and presented by his family. The works all have one theme in common – we at the Centre lovingly know them as – the laughing Jesus paintings.
The collection was commissioned by Pat and Harry Wallace and Sir Maxwell Macleod inviting artists from around the world to contribute. The paintings can be considered eclectic with 34 artists from 17 countries across four continents represented. The curators’ inspiration was to depict Jesus from the perspective of his everyday life and his relationship with the community, young and old. In this way Jesus is not portrayed in the usual manner of sombre, harsh, tortured and suffering. He is instead showing a lightness of spirit, enjoying all around him in a joyful embracing manner.
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