4th Pres features art of P. Solomon Raj

P. Solomon Raj's work at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago

“Seeing Through Indian Eyes”

This Wednesday, a gallery walk and presentation of “Seeing through Indian Eyes,” featuring artwork by P. Solomon Raj currently on display in the Loggia at Fourth Presbyterian Church, will be led by David Zersen, curator of the exhibition and President Emeritus of Concordia University Texas, in the Loggia between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. The collection includes batiks, woodblock prints, copper etchings and acrylics depicting biblical stories in traditional Indian media.

Raj is a native of Vijayawada, Andreh Pradesh, India, and an ordained minister of the Lutheran Church. At 91 years old, he still operates St. Luke Kalit Lala Ashram, which teaches how to communicate the Gospel in dance, drama, song, poetry and visual media.

Over many decades, Raj’s music and dramas have been performed in India. His visual art has been shown in the United States, Canada, Germany, Holland, the U.K. and Palestine. Winner of numerous prizes and the subject of a number of graduate dissertations, Raj is best known for his use of vivid Indian themes in his batiks and for illustrating the stories of the Bible in his woodblock prints.

Raj also incorporates woodblock techniques from Germany and Japan, motifs in his prints from his stays in Ethiopia and the Philippines, and the art of batiks in Indonesia. Some of his batiks pay homage to Monet, Michelangelo and Chagall.

Of particular importance in his art has been the affirmation of women, the disenfranchised and refugees, all of whom are represented well in the Dalit, or untouchable, class of which he Raj a member. Many of his works use seldom-illustrated biblical themes, such as sharing a cup of water (Matt. 10:42), Hagar abandoned (Gen. 21: 14f.) and Jeremiah’s yoke (Jer. 27-28).

Raj holds a M.S. in communication from the University of Indiana at Bloomington and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Birmingham, U.K.

The Loggia at Fourth Presbyterian Church is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and closed Monday and Tuesday. The art on display is for sale, as are a number of books written on art, faith and culture by Raj. All are welcome to attend the gallery walk and presentation. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

Fourth Presbyterian Church is located at North Michigan Avenue and Delaware Place, across from the John Hancock Center.

One Response to “4th Pres features art of P. Solomon Raj”

  1. martin son Says:

    what a wonderful father I Have

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