John Brokenshire - Untitled - Pentecost

John Brokenshire (b 1958 )

Oil on canvas

76.2 x 76.5 cm

c. 2003

Methodist Modern Art Collection 
No. BRO/2004

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Brokenshire says of this abstract painting that he “was keen to get a very loosely represented image of a bird in space into my painting. But I wanted a sense of a bird hovering, not on a trajectory. At the same time, I hoped to refer in some way to angels: even if very obliquely by colour alone or by suggestion. Darkness had to be the counterpoint to this.…The title Pentecost was not suggested by me, but was the highest interpretation I could hope for from any viewer.”

Commentary based on A Guide to the Methodist Art Collection.