Visual Essay




Two Sons, Parable of the prodigal son.


The Parables of Jesus

Jim Janknegt


Jesus explained his reason for speaking in parables to his disciples. It has something to do with looking but not seeing, and listening but not hearing. All humans have the propensity to deny reality. We have confused the shadow of an object for the object itself. In matrix-like fashion we have chosen to see the world as self-contained; quite exploitable without requiring any reference to it's creator.

But a useful independent world ruled by technique is also a world drained of meaning; we are merely manipulating the shadows cast by the real word in the heavenlies without understanding the deeper substance of things God would have us perceive. Hence the artist role: to help us see, not just look; see what the shadows of this world are disclosing about the Government of the Promised Son.

The artist also paints in parables describing shadows of shadows, but unlocking mysteries and meanings for those who have eyes to see. In a prophetic voice he urges us to destroy the idols of the self-satisfied materialistic 'what you see is all there is' world foisted upon us by contemporary bad-Philosophy-Jesus seminar-consumeristic-technique driven culture and replace it with a sacramental view of the world; the world created by God through the WORD, and sustained by the WORD to be a symbol that unveils the whole world and all that is in it as a revelation of God and able to tell us something about who God is and what he desires for us as human beings. To paint this world is my ambition.

Jim Janknegt
Brilliant Corners ArtFarm
159 Pleasant Grove Road
Elgin, Texas 78621
(512) 281-5323


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