Spark and Echo Arts is pleased to feature the work David, a sculpture by artist Ebitenyefa Baralaye. Mr. Baralaye captures and reflects on the complexities of David’s life with a special focus on Psalm 27:1-5.
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From the Artist:
“David, an ancestor of Jesus Christ, was the second king anointed through the prophet Samuel to oversee Judah and all Israel. He came to his reign tensely under service of the then denounced first king, Saul, who, in fear of being usurped, continuously sought to take David’s life. A skilled warrior, David’s life was marked by warfare and victory, tragedy and praise. In his intimate devotion to God he was known as a man after God’s own heart.
The stature of the piece reflects David’s masculinity and strength. The deepened cracks and inflamed sheared edges reflect his fearless mettle on the battlefield and yet vulnerably broken humanity, while the more elegant curvatures and sinuous planes embody his confident tact as a strategist, diplomat and man of bold faith. The overall energetically outward gestures of the piece capture David’s earnest dependence and need for the presence, provision, leadership and love of God in his life.”
Nickel-plated polished bronze
5 in x 11 in x 18 in
“The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.”
We encourage you to visit Mr. Baralaye’s website to learn about his many works in areas of sculpture, photography, design, and drawing. You can also read about his background, seeing how the arts have woven through his early childhood in the Caribbean straight to his work today in New York City. Mr. Baralaye is a member of the arts community at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in Manhattan.
This work and accompanying images are copyrighted by Ebitenyefa Baralaye and featured here by permission. If you are interested in this work or using the images please contact Mr. Baralaye directly via his website.
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