Ham­burg artist paints Bap­tism of Christ for St. Mary RC Parish

Un­veiled on March 24, paint­ing is now in the back of the church on dis­play

The Hamburg Area Item - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @ham­bur­gitem on Twit­ter

Ham­burg artist Eric Ar­musik com­pleted a large com­mis­sion for St. Mary RC Parish in Ham­burg. The paint­ing is a 4 foot by 6 foot paint­ing of the Bap­tism of Christ.

The paint­ing was com­mis­sioned in 2017 and was re­cently un­veiled on March 24. The paint­ing was in the back of the church on dis­play for holy week and per­ma­nently in­stalled the first week of April.

“This paint­ing is of the Bap­tism of Christ in the River Jor­dan,” said Ar­musik. “I feel hon­ored to have been com­mis­sioned by my home parish to paint this beau­ti­ful paint­ing. Ev­ery­one has been so sup­port­ive and en­cour­ag­ing through­out the process. I spent the months of Jan­uary through March paint­ing and build­ing the frame. I have been cre­at­ing this type of work for al­most 25 years. Most times my clien­tele is from an­other part of the coun­try or even the world. Af­ter work­ing so hard on this paint­ing it will be nice to be able to see it each week when I at­tend mass.”

Ac­cord­ing to his artist re­lease, Ar­musik has been a pro­fes­sional artist for over 25 years and has been one of the premier re­li­gious painters in the world today. He is reg­u­larly com­mis­sioned to do paint­ings and churches for many in­ter­na­tional clients. Eric is a life­long and prac­tic­ing Catholic that be­came in­spired as a child at­tend­ing mass in sev­eral elab­o­rately dec­o­rated cathe­drals in north­east Penn­syl­va­nia where he grew up.

“I hope that my art­work will con­tinue to in­spire gen­er­a­tions of parish­ioners bring­ing them closer to God. I be­lieve that great art com­mu­ni­cates to ev­ery­one no mat­ter what their back­ground. It should in­spire us at a vis­ceral level and open us up to a greater un­der­stand­ing of our faith,” he said. “I am very grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity and so thank­ful for all the pos­i­tive re­sponse the paint­ing has had so far.”

Eric also built the elab­o­rate frame which mea­sures 5.5 by 8 feet, draw­ing on his ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing with his fa­ther in the car­pen­try trade when he was grow­ing up. Com­bined with his skills as a tra­di­tional crafts­man and draw­ing on his ex­pe­ri­ences study­ing in Italy dur­ing col­lege, he pro­vides a unique prod­uct not of­fered by many artists in his pro­fes­sion, ac­cord­ing to his re­lease.

He will be sell­ing a limited edi­tion of 100 signed gi­clee prints of this paint­ing which are avail­able for pur­chase on his web­site, eri­car­musik.com.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ham­burg artist Eric Ar­musik com­pleted a large com­mis­sion for St. Mary RC Parish in Ham­burg, a paint­ing of the Bap­tism of Christ which was un­veiled on March 24 and is now in the back of the church on dis­play.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Up close view of the Bap­tism of Je­sus by Ham­burg artist Eric Ar­musik.

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