In his four works, Jimmy Miracle contemplates the ‘ordinary’ glory of God as inspired by 1 Corinthians 14:2:
For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 14:2)
Jimmy Miracle, Behind My Apartment, 2017
Oil on panel, 6″ x 9″
Jimmy Miracle, Soccer Stadium, 2017
Oil on panel, 6″ x 9″
Jimmy Miracle, Van in a Parking Lot, 2017
Oil on panel, 9″ x 12″
From the Artist:
Perhaps these 4 paintings appear to scarcely relate to the verse above but let me explain what went on inside me, the artist, as I contemplated this verse and created these works. Because I believe our world to be imbued with God’s glory in every place, I look around my everyday experience and am delighted to witness this glory as it manifests itself through large spots of colors harmoniously revealed. As I looked at this parking lot, staring at the side of a van on a cloudy day; while I observed the blaze of sunlight as it blasted behind the bleachers of a soccer stadium; when I walked behind my apartment at sunrise and caught a beautiful purple and orange radiation; and while I stared at my kitchen at dusk, I was reminded at how this glory shows up everywhere, how common and ‘ordinary’ is God’s glory. John Singer Sargent once said that a painter could be blindfolded, taken to any location in the world, be spun around 3 times, then have the blindfold removed and they would still find a beautiful arrangement. I love this way of looking at the world. Most people don’t understand this artistic vision that glory exists anywhere and everywhere on the earth. It literally fills the air we breathe. Although I am not a pantheist, I do believe the character of God converses with everything in our world, often times revealing its own character. These four humble paintings are a small story of the kind of artistic tongue within which I speak. Perhaps you still don’t understand, but I think God does.
Jimmy Miracle was born in Ohio in 1982, grew up in Florida, and received a B.A. in painting from Belhaven College in 2004 in Jackson, MS. The past 10 years he has lived and worked in New York, Washington DC, Essen, Germany, and now he currently resides in Santa Barbara, CA where he is pursuing an MFA in studio art. He has had solo and group shows in New York, Berlin, London, and Washington, DC. He has exhibited with Outlet, HKJB, the Islip Art Museum, Castle Gallery, and Flashpoint Gallery. While in New York, he worked as a studio assistant for Jeff Koons and studied classical drawing at the Art Student’s League of New York. He has received the Cultural DC Creative Communities Fund grant, the Maryland State Art Council Individual Artists grant, and has lectured at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.
This work was curated by Rebecca Testrake.
Image and materials are copyrighted by the artist and used here by permission.
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