Contemporary

Bernadette of Lourdes – Paintings by Greg Tricker

144 pages, jacketed hardback, 300 x 240 mm, 66 illustrations
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ISBN: 978 1 903470 88 6

 

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By Philip Vann and Sister Wendy Becket

Greg Tricker is a stone carver and painter. His profound and simple style of painting is deeply rooted in a mystical tradition of art. Qualities of myth, an innocence of spirit akin to the folk art tradition and a powerfully theatrical element feature in his work.

This inspiring collection of over 50 of his paintings and stone carvings portrays the suffering, joy and innocence of St Bernadette, a poor shepherdess who had miraculous visitations from the Virgin Mary at Lourdes in 1858. These visionary paintings present a radical new image of St Bernadette and Mary in the mystery of their
poignantly close relationship amid the vibrant forces of
nature, all infused by the Divine Spirit. Philip Vann explores the background to these at once iconic, earthy, graceful and redemptive paintings, placing the work in the wider context of both the artist’s life and the mystical path. Sister Wendy Becket, who describes Tricker as  “a deep painter, somebody possessed by a vision of holiness”, provides a foreword.

Greg Tricker has produced a number of themed books and exhibitions, notably Paintings for Anne Frank (exhibited at Peterborough Cathedral and St Clement Danes, London), The Catacombs, Francis of Assisi (exhibited at Salisbury Cathedral and Piano Nobile Gallery, London), and recently The Life of Kaspar Hauser (2006).

Philip Vann is the author of Face to Face: British Self-Portraits in the Twentieth Century, a monograph on the artist Dora Holzhandler, and recent books on the painters William Crozier and Joash Woodrow.
Sister Wendy Becket is a well-known art historian, author and TV presenter.

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