A diverse 21st-century crowd marches under an arch with a charismatic young man in "Jesus Enters the City," the Palm Sunday scene from from the series "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision." Signs for "freedom" and "justice" make it a rally for almost any cause, from marriage equality and LGBT rights to the Occupy movement or the Tea Party. Artist Douglas Blanchard paints Jesus as a young gay man of today in a modern city. The series presents a liberating new vision of Jesus' final days, including Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, and the arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection.
Artist Douglas Blanchard teaches art and art history at the Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. He paints in a realistic figurative style to explore gay experience as well as classical mythology, history, and current events. Born and raised in Dallas, Blanchard earned a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1981, an MA in art history from Washington University in St. Louis in 1986, and an MFA cum laude from the New York Academy of Art in 1993. He was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1982 and remains an active Episcopalian and self-described “very agnostic believer.” He keeps a studio on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The Passion series was exhibited at New York’s Leslie-Lohman Museum of...
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