Friday, March 6, 2015

LDS BOOK REVIEW: This is Jesus w/ artwork by J. Kirk Richards


The life of the Savior is portrayed in stunning fine art pieces by award-winning artist J. Kirk Richards. These striking new images were created by the artist exclusively for this book. Accompanied by a harmonized account of the Savior's ministry, Atonement, and Resurrection, these exquisite paintings reflect a deep reverence for Christ's mission and sacrifice. Each page is beautifully designed to complement the unique style of the artist. A perfect reminder of the true reason we celebrate the Easter season, this handsome volume will be treasured by the entire family for years to come.


Figurative artist J. Kirk Richards is known for his accomplishments as a painter of Judeo-Christian subject matter. While not all of his work is overtly religious, the majority of his themes stem from spiritual ideas and narratives. His paintings exhibit a love for the human figure, use of symbolism, and an emphasis on lyric composition. His original paintings can be found in private and public collections across the country.


This book is a beautiful gift book that combines scriptural references with gorgeous paintings by J. Kirk Richards.  The focus here is on Christ and his earthly mission including healing, teaching, and completing the Atonement.  I found the use of mostly neutral colors and incomplete faces an interesting touch.  It allows the viewer/reader to fill in the details.  I appreciated that the paintings of the crucifixion and Gethsemane were powerful but not graphic.  The one of the Savior in Gethsemane I found especially powerful.  Sometimes pictures really are more powerful than words, but in this book the reader gets the best of both worlds.  The book provides a powerful reminder of who Jesus is and what he did which is something well worth reviewing on a regular basis.

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