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The Catacombs

April 2010
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    21st April 2010
  • ISBN 9781903458327
  • Language English
  • Pages 84 pp.

The Catacomes consists of paintings by Greg Tricker and text by sculptor and stained glass artist Johannes Steuck. This book of thirty full-page color paintings and sculptures was inspired by a visit to the Catacombs, the ancient Christian burial chambers beneath Rome that date from the first to the third centuries. The paintings are full of seasonal color, Greek mythology, and Biblical themes that go back to the creation. They are full of life, in strong contrast with more orthodox religious art.

Johannes Steuck introduces the background to early Christianity, with a description of being inside the Catacombs. Included are drawings of trademarks and an explanation of the symbols found on the cave walls of the catacombs.

“Not since the paintings of Cecil Collins have I seen work that captures so poignantly the essential purity and innocence of the human being. The Holy Fool is, thank heaven, alive and well in the hand of Greg Tricker.” 

—Jonathan Stedall, author of Where on Earth Is Heaven?

Greg Tricker

Greg Tricker was born in London in 1951 and developed batik painting on the Isles of Scilly. He has produced a number of themed books and exhibitions, notably Paintings for Anne Frank (exhibited at Peterborough Cathedral and St Clement Danes, London); The Catacombs and Francis of Assisi (exhibited at Salisbury Cathedral and Piano Nobile Gallery, London), and recently The Life of Kaspar Hauser (2006). Greg lives with his family in Nailsworth in Gloucestershire and teaches stone carving at Ruskin Mill Education Centre.

Johannes Steuck

Johannes Steuck was born in Stockholm and has been an artist and educator throughout his working life. He was a student of Edward Payne and is a graduate of Winchester College of Art. Johannes has his own teaching studio, in which he gives courses in stained glass, mosaic, and sculpture. He is the author of Kaspar Hauser: The Holy Fool and the Path of Sacrifice (2006) and coauthor (with Greg Tricker) of Francis of Assisi: Paintings of Our Time