Visual Typology and Pentecostal Theology: The Paintings of Nicholas Evans

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Abstract

The principle of the ‘double aspect’ can be applied to the exegesis of not only the Scriptures but of pictures. Semioticians (most notably Roland Barthes (1915–80)) have argued that some visual images possess ambivalence, that is to say, a double valency or twin powers that are mutually interactive and interdependent. An ambivalent image may be conceived as having an upper and lower storey: the lower storey is the realm of the visible, ostensible, evident, and denoted subject of the picture; the upper storey, of the implied, connoted, or evoked subject of the picture. One image: two storeys. Two storeys: two stories. The paintings of Welsh artist Nicholas Evans (1907–2004) comprise two stories: one about mining, the other about religion. These two stories are often told together.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImaging the Bible
Subtitle of host publicationAn Introduction to Biblical Art
EditorsMartin O'Kane
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSociety for Promoting Christian Knowledge
Pages123-141
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780281058976, 0281058970
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2008

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