CHRIST CON­SOLES

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Ryan S. Brown is a lead­ing representational artist liv­ing and work­ing in Springville, Utah. Ryan trained in the clas­si­cal tra­di­tions of draw­ing and paint­ing in Florence, Italy at the Florence Academy of Art where he grad­u­ated in 2008 win­ning the pres­ti­gious Paint­ing of the Year award. Ryan has es­tab­lished him­self as one of the lead­ing masters of por­trait and fig­ure work, as well as land­scape paint­ing. Ryan is the Founder and Di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Aca­demic Study & Nat­u­ral­ist Paint­ing (CAS), which is also lo­cated in Springville, Utah at 43 East and 200 South. The CAS is a tra­di­tional art academy that is widely con­sid­ered one of the top 5 pro­fes­sional art schools in the world.

Re­cently Ryan com­pleted a mon­u­men­tal re­li­gious paint­ing en­ti­tled “Christ Con­sol­ing the Widow”. This piece is five feet tall by five feet in length that took the artist a to­tal of 8 months to com­plete. In the paint­ing, a re­cently wid­owed woman sits with her three chil­dren in a ro­man gar­den. The paint­ing cap­tures the mo­ment that Christ ap­proaches the woman in a ges­ture of con­so­la­tion trans­form­ing her mood from one of sor­row and des­per­a­tion, to a feel­ing of faith in­spired hope. The chil­dren, yet un­aware of Christ’s pres­ence, re­main con­sumed by their grief. There is a rare power in the ex­pres­sion of the hope cap­tured in the woman’s ex­pres­sion. The in­ter­ac­tion be­tween Christ and the woman in­spires a sim­i­lar feel­ing of hope in the viewer, and al­lows the viewer to ex­pe­ri­ence a more tan­gi­ble sense of Christ. The mas­tery of this work is likely to set a new stan­dard for LDS art. The por­trait of Christ al­lows the viewer to ex­pe­ri­ence the character or Christ in a way that is far more per­sonal than they are likely to have ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore. This work has been sub­mit­ted to the Tem­ple Art Com­mit­tee and may soon hang in ei­ther the Payson or Provo City Cen­ter Tem­ple.

By Ryan Brown

The paint­ing “Christ Con­sol­ing the Widow” by Ryan Brown has re­cently been sub­mit­ted to the Tem­ple Art Com­mit­tee.

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