Queen Street Ararat Victoria 3377 Australia
Tachbrook Street Gallery, London, U.K.
Kaiser Franz Josef, Museum Baden, Austria
Aprolos, Vienna, Austria
Museum Benteng Vredeberg, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Museo dei Bozzetti, Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Itali
Alliance Francais de Canberra, A.C.T. Australia
Australia Day Exhibition, The Chancery of the Australian High
Ardyanto Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Omni Hong Kong Hotel, Hong Kong
Australian Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia
C. Line Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
C. Line Gallery, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
The Northern Territory Meseum of Arts and Sciences, Darwin,
Rudana Museum, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Victoria House Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne, Australia
Ministry for the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
Latrobe Vallery Arts Centre, Victoria, Australia
Shepparton Arts Centre, Victoria, Australia
In this page
we display some art works of Geoff Todd, an Australian artist born
in Melbourne in 1950, with a number of art exhibitions in Indonesia
to his credit. He explored a religious theme and presented stories
about Jesus's life through his paintings.
He has, for
example, taken his inspiration from a number of stories from the
New Testament and interpreted them according to an artistic language
most intimate to him. Take for example stories about the crucifixion,
the relationship between Mary and Jesus, Judas the betrayer of Jesus.
Geoff's representation is significant in that he has tried to Javanize
the figures used to represent a number of stories from the New Testament.
The following examples will illustrate this aspect.
He depicts Mary, wearing a
blue cloak, embracing her son Jesus with her hand in such a
way that it immediately strikes one as the position of a Javanese
dance, reflecting solemnity.
Mary is pictured in a three-quarter position. Her right eye sheds
drops of blood, a symbol of sorrow.
The young Jesus
is clasped in her embrace. His hair is dark. His two eyes stare
straight at the viewer. This shows
to Javanize the countenance of Mary and Jesus. In another of his
works, the viewers can see sorrow and helplessness on the part of
Maria Magdalene when she finds Jesus'
grave empty and a toiling farmer in the background.
Usually the paintings found in a church are those related to the
crucifixion otherwise known as the Way of the Cross and Judas is
never depicted as a central figure. In Todd's work, Judas
is pictured as a man with a beard and moustache.
Emptiness is displayed in his face the look of a person feeling
deep regret. He is portrayed as having silver eyes. Interestingly,
Judas is dressed like a contemporary gentleman, a clear reference
that Judas's spirit remains even today. This
is the portrayal of a series of personal reflections on religious
scenes placed in a real context.
of article 'Javanized representations of biblical scenes'
by M. Dwi Marianto, The Jakarta Post, Juli 1, 2001).
are some art works of Geoff Todd:
Click here to see his art works in thumbnails
Grown with a
very deep commitment to art, at age of sixteen Geoff Todd complited
a large painting that was Christ on the Cross.
Some of his
art works were displayed at the Asian Spiritual Art Exhibition in
Yogyakarta held by ACAA at the end of Jully 2001. In order to know
more about Geoff Todd who just subscribed as the ACAA member, we
have added special pages:
Todd's art works about 'Stations of the Cross'.
The article - Geoff
Todd and his thoughts about Christian art.