“Holy day” 神聖日– 97x163cm- Oil on Canvas, 2008
Jesus / Santa Claus provides a conflicting character which both attracts and repels children. With themes of blood sacrifice, guilt and punishment, Christianity is a tough sell for kids. Wearing a Santa Claus hat and giving out candy canes, Jesus tries unsuccessfully to win them over. Based on many ‘Jesus with the children” paintings – which always show a glowing, happy Jesus and never the truth of his passion, this painting draws a more realistic first meeting.
Oil on Canvas Surrealism Oil Painting by Derek Murphy www.derekmurphyart.com