Revelation

I am busy illustrating the last book of the Bible, a treasury of inspiration for artists!

End of the world 1980 Exam triptych
End of the world 1980 Exam triptych
End of the world 1980 Exam triptych
End of the world 1980 Exam triptych
Like shining from shook foil
Like shining from shook foil
First Beatitude
First Beatitude
Ephesus
Ephesus
Smyrna
Smyrna
Pergamum
Pergamum
Thyatira
Thyatira
Sardis
Sardis
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Laodicea
Laodicea
the white horse
the white horse

The opening of the first four seals brings the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Rev 6:1-8. They symbolise the stages of war. One commentary on Revelation says that the horses symbolise the full circle of human depravity: Man’s lust to go to war, civil war, social injustice and famine, disease and death. This year, of course, is the centenary of the start of the Great War in 1914 – they called it the war to end all wars. They were wrong. The white horse rides out triumphantly, to conquer.

the red horse
the red horse

Rev 6:1-8 The four horses and their riders symbolise the stages of war. The red horse destroys civilisation and causes civil war.

the black horse
the black horse

Rev 6:1-8 The four horses and their riders symbolise the stages of war. The black horse brings famine. Its rider holds up the scales after the onslaught. A handful of barley for a day’s wages doesn’t make a meal for a family. The balance hangs uneven. The poor man suffers, the rich man may actually make a profit.

the pale horse
the pale horse

Rev 6:1-8 The four horses and their riders symbolise the stages of war. The pale green horse represents disease, closely followed by death. One commentary on Revelation says that the horses symbolise the full circle of human depravity: Man’s lust to go to war, civil war, social injustice and famine, disease and death.