On display at the Connie A. Eastburn Gallery:

“Revelation Series”

By Laurence Morris

January 14–March 4
Reception: January 14 • 6 pm

Gallery Hours:
8:30 am–4:30 pm

Revelation series art sample

About the Artist

Laurence Morris (1950–2019) studied drawing, painting, Chinese painting, and art history while majoring in illustration and wood sculpture at the Philadelphia College of Art, now University of the Arts. Laurence also earned an Master of Arts (Religion) degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1979, where his major paper was on the influence of Islamic theology and practice on Roman Christianity. 

 

About Revelation Series

This series of six silkscreen prints gives a spectacular visualization of scenes from the final, apocalyptic biblical book, The Revelation to John. The artist states that the series illustrates “the encouragement of the Church through the knowledge of the Lord’s coming.” The prints include elaborate details that reference both parts of the Bible and contemporary culture. As a result, these large prints reward close, extended viewing and invite the viewer to enter into the scenes in their own imaginations.

Laurence designed and produced the Revelation Series in 1972 as his senior thesis project. Aside from the Bible, his influences include medieval and renaissance sacred art, 20th century surrealism, contemporary issues, and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. The series was exhibited at the Jenkintown Festival of the Arts in 1973, where it won the first prize in graphics. The notes accompanying the artwork quote from a brief commentary he wrote for an exhibition, with additions from his older brother, Christopher Morris, who was living at home with Laurence when he created the Revelation Series.

Several of the preliminary sketches and early-stage prints are also on display. The early stage prints show how each color in a scene was added as a separate overlay silkscreen print, with alignment and degree of transparency in the inking being critical factors. The silkscreen itself was in a large frame, about four feet by three feet. Laurence used a 43-inch squeegee for the inking. There are only 11 complete copies of the finished series. 

If your church, school, or homeschool group is interested in a tour, please contact Matt Stemler at mstemler@cairn.edu or 215.702.4382.

Arts @ Cairn

Cairn University believes that truth, beauty, and goodness find their source in God and that artistic, creative endeavors manifest the divine image in humankind. Because of this, the University Arts Initiative seeks to integrate the creative arts into every student’s experience. In addition to sponsoring an integrated art gallery that exhibits fine art in every major building on campus, the Arts Initiative also hosts visiting artist presentations, supports the Student Visual Arts Society and academic arts courses and programs at Cairn.

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