The spring 2010 art exhibit “Grace in the Time of Need” features eight paintings and four woodcuts by figurative artist Edward Knippers in the Wentz Library Pioneer Room, on the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg Campus from March 16-May 14. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, March 16 at 4:00pm in the Pioneer Room, where the artist will talk about his work. Light refreshments will be served.
The color woodcuts are selected from his “Fear Naught but God” series, which was exhibited at White Stone Gallery in Philadelphia. The oil paintings depict scenes from Lent and Easter and include “Doubting Thomas,” “Descent from the Cross,” “Pieta,” and “The Foot Washing.” The largest of the works in this exhibit, “The Foot Washing” measures 8’ x 12’ and shows a centrally-placed Christ ringing a cloth to continue washing the feet of five of his disciples.
The arresting physicality for which Knippers’s works are known reminds viewers that they are human. “Physicality is messy; it is demanding and always a challenge to control” Knippers says. “Having a body is a prerequisite for being human. For us, as inconvenient as this fact can be, it is a constant reminder that we are human and not God – that we are a part of the created order.” These works follow biblical narratives. Their compositions make viewers feel as though they are standing very close to a stage or screen where a vivid scene is unfolding. The figures are not idealized.
Knippers has lived for many years in northern Virginia. His M.F.A. is from University of Tennessee. He has been a fellow at S. W. Hayter’s Atelier 17, and studied at the Grande Chaumiere, (both in Paris), and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. His work has been shown extensively in group and solo exhibits throughout the U.S. and in Canada, England, Italy and Greece. Books, museum catalogs, newspaper and journal articles such as LIFE, The Baltimore Sun, Christianity Today, The Washington Post, Image and New Art Examiner feature his work. Knippers has received numerous awards.
“Grace in the Time of Need” is sponsored by the Fine Arts Council at Gettysburg Seminary. “It is a great opportunity to feature this group of Edward Knippers’ paintings and prints at the Seminary” says Fine Arts Council member Katy Giebenhain. “It is a thought-provoking show to have up during Lent and Easter, and Knippers is a skilled and interesting artist of renown in both religious and secular arts circles.”