It is clear Van Gogh was on a quest to craft his paintings with the most extraordinary colours.He said, “But the colourist of the future will such as the world has not seen.”
He was highly intentionalasit was all a part of his bigger agenda to bless humanity.
He has to do with him never forgetting his roots despite his lapses in faith and many personal struggles. As a former missionary and pastor, he knew that art could be a medium to share the gospel to the world.
He wanted all his colourful paintings to reflect his own warmth and passion for people, and for the glorious gospel of Christ.
And in a revolutionary way, like Paul the apostle who said, he was“to reveal his Son (Jesus) in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles…” Sotoo,Van Goghhad a revelation that Christ was also The artist at work in and through him, enabling his dazzling works.
This was very apparent in a Letter to Emil Bernard, a friend and fellow artist, on June 26,1988. Van Gogh wrote it around two years prior to his death, stating:
“Christ alone, of all the philosophers, magicians, etc., has affirmed eternal life as the most important certainty, the infinity of time, the futility of death, the necessity and purpose of serenity and devotion. He lived serenely, as an artist greater than all other artists, scorning marble and clay and paint, working in the living flesh. In other words, this peerless artist, scarcely conceivable with the blunt instrument of our modern, nervous, and obtuse brains, made neither statues nor paintings nor books. He maintained in no uncertain terms that he made…living men, immortals.”
The next day, in a subsequent letter, written on June 27, 1988 to Emil again, Van Gogh wrote, “there is only this kernel, Christ — who, from the point of view of art, seems superior to me — at any rate something other — than Greek, Indian, Egyptian, Persian antiquity, which went so far. Now I say it again — this Christ is more of an artist than the artists — he works in living spirit and flesh, he makes men instead of statues, so….. as a painter I feel good being an ox …. and I admire the bull, the eagle, the man,with a veneration — which — will prevent my being a man of ambition.”
Here he finishes acknowledging the Ezekiel vision; he lives for God’s glory. Unlocking Van Gogh secrets has led me to an exciting journey in the arts to touch lives and nations.
Here is a video I made showing how to produce Van Gogh-like colours, transforming an ordinary Melbourne city scape scene into a Van Gogh-like impasto oil;enjoy:
Mark Rusic was born in Melbourne and has a bachelor in Mechanical engineering. He became a missionary to many suffering hardship and poverty on Madura Island in Indonesia, for about 4 years, from 1990. He has worked as a pastor-life coach over the past 17 years in Hope International Ministries. Mark is also an artist and author and has also written two books which are a collection of his own paintings, photography and poetry. These include ‘Iconic Melbourne of Australia’ and ‘Iconic Animals of Australia with a voice to release your giant potential within.’ He has been counted among some of Australia’s best-selling authors since 2014 and is a public speaker in various community groups, organisations and churches. He has a special grace to help people find and release why they were born. See iconiccolours.com for more information about Mark’s services.