Sunday 10 August 2014

by Rosemarie Adcock

Adam Naming the Animals and the Appearance of Eve

Oil on Canvas
60 x 72
$35,000.00 USDAvailable

Adam Naming the Animals and the Appearance of Eve received the Award for Excellence at the Museum of Florida Art in 2012. This large painting of Adam tasked with naming all the animals is one of the most detailed works I have done, especially in this size. Eve peers out of the branches from behind him. All of the animals included were the result of a Facebook poll. After getting a list of all the nominated creatures, I tried to pull them all together into a meaningful composition. Some of the animals I know personally. The cat on Adam's knee is my cat Ronnie, who did his best to eat my peacock feathers while I tried to paint.

See the painting as it was constructed in the section called "In Progress"
See close details of all the animals in the section called "New Work"

The painting composition continues around the wrapped edges and may be displayed without a frame.

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Noah and the Animals Before the Great Flood

Oil on Canvas
60" x 40"

In the book of Genesis, God saw that “the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” God decided to blot out His creation with a great flood because the earth was filled with violence, but a man named Noah found favor in His eyes.

Archival prints of this painting are available. Noah was told by God to build an ark in preparation for the flood that would cover the entire surface of the earth, giving him exact instructions as to the composition and measurements of the vessel. God instructed Noah to take his family and two of every living thing into it, “for after seven more days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.”

What was so remarkable about Noah’s obedience to God was that he listened to God describe how it would rain, and until that time there had never been rain before. The ground had been watered daily by a mist that rose from the earth. But just as God said, it rained for forty days and forty nights without ever stopping, until even the mountains were completely covered with water. Today we have over 270 flood stories from all parts of the world.

Noah sent a dove out of the ark 2 times, and when she came back with an olive branch in her beak, he knew the water had abated and it was safe to come out. He and his family were in the ark for 371 days.

The painting depicts Noah with animals as he is being inspired to design the ark he was to build. By looking closely at the parchment in his hands, a ghost-image of an ark is visible. The painting depicts many animals commonly near the artist Rosemarie Adcock's home, including the gray tuxedo cat, Noel.

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The Arrival of Jonah at Ninevah

Oil on Canvas
72" x 84"
$22,000.00 USD Available

In the painting we see the figure of Jonah spilling out of the mouth of the fish, onto a sandy shore. Nineveh was still a distance from this shoreline, so Jonah had to walk on foot until he completed his journey. Jonah was instructed by God to go to the great city and preach repentance to the people, who were known to be ruthless and cruel. Wanting that these evil people should be judged and destroyed rather than they have an opportunity for God to forgive them, Jonah refused to go to Nineveh, and instead paid the fare for a ship sailing in the other direction to Tarshish. But the real price of the refusing God's instructions cost Jonah more than just the fare!

During a deadly storm, Jonah knew he was the one endangering everyone on board the ship because he was running from God. Finally, the sailors threw Jonah overboard, and the Bible says the Lord appointed a great fish, which swallowed Jonah whole. Jonah remained in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights until the fish vomited him onto the shoreline where God had originally instructed him to go.

When asked for a sign of His authority, Jesus said there would be no sign given except the "sign of Jonah", predicting that after His own death he would be raised to life in 3 days. The painting again uses bitten apples as symbols of sin and failure.

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The Nativity

Oil on Canvas
60 x 40
$28,000.00 USD Available

“Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:1-7

In this depiction of the birth of Jesus Christ we see the Holy Family surrounded by all sorts of animals one might find in a barn. The infant Jesus touches the extended finger of Joseph reminiscent of God extending His finger to Adam in the Sistine Chapel depiction of the Creation. The donkey is depicted as a symbol of Jesus one day entering Jerusalem on a foal of a donkey. The white horse is a depiction of His eventual return as it is described in the Book of Revelation. Joseph and Mary are painted in royal robes as the parents of a King, though in reality they were extremely poor. Jesus having been born into poverty was another illustration of how the Apostle Paul described Him:

“...Although He existed in the form of God, He did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men."

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About Rosemarie:


Rosemarie Adcock was born weeks after her family immigrated to the United States from Germany and Austria through Canada. She studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago (1978-80) under Eugene Hall, an apprentice of the Russian painter, Alexander Zlatoff-Mirsky, who was himself an apprentice to the Russian master, Ilya Repin. She also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 1987). She received a stipend from the Minister of Culture of Baden-Wurtenberg, Germany, and studied printmaking and monumental painting at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden K√ľnste Karlsruhe (1986-88) under the director Klaus Arnold, and also Max Neumann, guest professor for the class of Markus Lupertz.

Her exhibition of over 120 paintings of Russian peasants toured in the United States and Western Europe for over 7 years. After the resulting acquisition of humanitarian relief assistance of over $1.25 million in gift-in-kind donations for orphans and impoverished Russian families, the artist founded the charitable organization, Arts for Relief and Missions in 1993.

The artist’s current work is a series of biblical and allegorical oil paintings exploring rich color, lush garden settings and expressive figures. The artist’s paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and Western and Eastern Europe. She has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe; including recent shows at Princeton Theological Seminary, the Museum for Florida Women Artists and twice at the Museum of Florida Art where her work received awards on both occasions. She lives with her husband, Ed in Mount Dora, Florida.

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