What is the role of faith in art, and of art in faith?
Shauna Lee Lange is an artist, illustrator and designer who is also a liturgical arts adviser to churches and other sacred spaces. She has identified trends in North American contemporary sacred arts that include a return to organic materials, a focus on mysticism and exoticism and a preference for minimalism. She is based in Connecticut.
Israel Tsvaygenbaum is a Russian-born Jewish artist who lives and works in Albany, N.Y. Some of his canvases depict Jewish life and history and Torah themes and stories.
Beth Grossman is a San Francisco-based artist who primarily works in sculptures of wood and metal. Much of her art that involves religious subjects or themes is in the form of vessels or household tools, including The Sabbath Has Kept the Jews and Our Mother Mary Found.
Darrell Black is an American artist who is based in Frankfurt, Germany. His abstract acrylics and oils are frequently inspired by faith, and he has spoken about using art to bridge the gap between Christianity and Judaism.
Helene Aylon is a visual, conceptual and performance artist whose work is sometimes focused on what she calls “rescuing G-d.” Her artist’s statement reads, in part, “I realized early in the 90’s that G-D (whatever G-D may be) had to be liberated from patriarchal projections and that I had to deal with my orthodox identity […]
Richard McBee is an artist and writer who writes and lectures frequently and widely about Jewish contemporary art. His own paintings are frequently drawn from Jewish scriptures and include numerous characters from Old Testament stories — Esther, Moses, Sarah, Abraham and many more. He lives in New York. Contact via the form on his website.
York Lethbridge is executive director of the Mercer Union, a center for contemporary art in Toronto. He curated the center’s 2016-2017 show “Astral Bodies,” a group show in which artists explored “the nature of divinity and how we fit into the universe.”
Paola Pivi is an Italian artist who lives and works in Alaska and India. One of her recent projects, “Tulkus 1880 to 2018,” is an attempt to photograph every living Buddhist “tulku” — the living incarnation of a Buddha. The project has been displayed at the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy, and at Le […]