Matthew Brooks has been one of the leading Religious/Inspirational Artists in the country for nearly 40 years. His work is in the public and private collections of museums, churches, and discerning collectors throughout the world. His paintings and sculpture were the feature of the 1999 book: A Glimpse Beyond The Veil, The Art of Matthew Brooks. Also, in 2010, international soccer star David Beckham chose one of his most popular images - "The Man of Sorrows" - to have made into a large tattoo on his side.
The great illustrator N.C. Wyeth put it well when he said: “Back in the golden days of art an air of great seriousness, of religious fervor surrounded the training of the artist; the profession was closely linked with the Church and to a very great extent supported by it so that when one entered the field it was done with becoming reverence and humility which preserved a most fertile condition of the mind for spiritual as well as technical growth. But today we have not the Church, nor have we supplied any substitute to invest the profession with these inspirational qualities.”
Into this breach has leapt an entire industry which busily churns out hyper-sentimental pictures and statues mass-produced by nameless and faceless draftsmen armed with airbrushes and palettes of soft pastel hues that are nevertheless consumed en’masse by legions of believers desperate for anything that will fill the void.
Like weeds choking out beneficial crops this industry vacuums up what little funds there are for religious art ensuring that talented artists go elsewhere.
For art dies without patronage.
As for me, I find myself in the same dilemma as the Apostles when Jesus asked them if they too would leave him. To which Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
The Lord never asks that we succeed only that we try. And there’s something else I’ve found: When one reaches for the Divine with becoming reverence and humility…the Divine reaches back.
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