Medium: oil & spray on canvas
Dimensions: 91 x 122cm
Year: 2017

God Bless IV

In an era where religions violently dominate society and the human mind, the (mis)interpretation of the holy scripts is like an endless table tennis game, where the role of the table has been taken by the uneducated and the insecure. Darkness is everywhere and the only light is the one of a fragile surface.

God Bless is a series of four paintings, based on the writings of the two most influential books of the human history, the Quran and the Bible (Old and New Testament).

God Bless IV includes writings of the New Testament in Greek.


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Chapter/VerseMatthew 5/7 – Blessed are the merciful
Matthew 5/9 – Blessed are the peacemakers
Matthew 5/44 – Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
Matthew 7/12 – In everything do to others as you would have them do to you
Mark 10/21 – You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven
Luke 6/35 – But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return
John 5/29 – Keep to forgiveness (O Muhammad), and enjoin kindness, and turn away from the ignorant
John 8/7 – Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her
Romans 12/9 – Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good
Romans 12/14 – Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
Romans 12/15 – Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep
Romans 12/17 – Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all
Romans 12/20 – If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink
Romans 12/21 – Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good
Romans 15/7 – Welcome one another
Galatians 6/2 – Bear one another’s burdens
Ephesians 5/22 – Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord
Ephesians 5/23 – For the husband is the head of the wife
Ephesians 6/5 – Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling

Colossians 3/11 – There is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free
Timothy b’ 2/22 – Pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace