My painting interrogates the idea that God may or may not be present in any situation. Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film The seventh seal has a returning knight playing chess with the Grim Reaper whilst seeking evidence that God exists. Ultimately the film asserts there will be no proof of God’s existence forthcoming. I haven’t attempted to examine any of this literally, but I do include some clues about the painting’s intentions – six pilgrims, six faces, INRI [a Latin inscription translated as ‘Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews’] and ‘faith’ – which may conjure up ideas about my own mortality at age 80, or may be seen as red herrings within an abstract puzzle.
Gareth Sansom, 2020