Purple Pantocrator
The Pantocrator (from the Greek meaning „almighty”, „all-powerful”) is the central image in the iconography of Jesus Christ and, as is well known, the canon of icon painting is immutable, unalterable and eternal. Church dogma requires, among other things, that the image does not have any chiaroscuro effects, for „God is Light and in Him there is no darkness whatsoever.” So is this not blasphemy: to paint the subject’s purple shadow on the background of the divine halo, as if alluding to the fact that any one of us could be in the place of Jesus? Good question.

22" x 28" x 0.7" | acrylic, oil on canvas