Cru­ci­fix­ion by Craigie Aitchi­son

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‘The sim­plic­ity and mys­tery res­onates with my faith. The in­tense colour con­veys deep sad­ness and the arm­less Christ speaks to me of pow­er­less­ness in an un­just world, yet, the lonely fig­ure is not aban­doned as a dog and two birds keep watch. Here, in frail hu­man­ity, hangs their God and cre­ator. Death is near, but will not be the end. And the bold­ness of shape and colour re­flects my con­fi­dence in God’s love, stronger than death. The dawn will break, the sun will rise and so, too, will the Son of God. Jus­tice and life will have the fi­nal word. Glo­ri­ously sim­ple and won­der­fully mys­te­ri­ous

The Right Revd Rachel Tre­week is Bishop of Glouces­ter

Cru­ci­fix­ion, 1987, by Craigie Aitchi­son (1926–2009), 6ft by 7ft, Tate Col­lec­tion

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