- Oil on canvas on board
- Presented by Colin McCahon on the death of Ron O'Reilly, 1982
- Reproduced courtesy of Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust
- 828 x 1125mm
Colin McCahon’s interpretation of the execution of Jesus Christ on the cross borrows as much from a vernacular New Zealand setting and European Renaissance art as it does from the Bible’s high-tempo Gospel of Mark. McCahon’s plasticine-coloured hills and sky sing with primary school vibrancy. In the background, Jerusalem’s Temple curtain – which tore in two at the moment of Jesus’ death – is flung high from a simple country church. The speech balloons of Christ and those mocking him below, meanwhile, gain their sense of immediacy from the visual language of comic strips and small-town grocery store signage and packaging.
(As Time Unfolds, 5 December 2020 – 7 March 2021)