I have always loved Rembrandt’s ‘The Prodigal Son’ as an artwork, so I wanted to understand and explore the experience of being in that place – a place of uncertainty, possible danger and rejection.
My research led me to explore the work of other artists and writers including an amazing book by Henri J M Nouwen called ‘The Return of the Prodigal.’ The author identifies with each of the main characters in the scenario, the Father, the Prodigal, the jealous elder brother and how each one has an intense emotional engagement with the other characters in this the unfolding scenario.
I have taken Rembrandt’s masterpiece stripping it to the bare essentials, in order to heighten the emotional and deeply spiritual content and yet also bring to it a contemporary focus.
The idea of being in the place of the Prodigal is as relevant today as it was 2,000 years ago.
This work can be seen at the gallery in Newton-on-Rawcliffe by appointment.