3. Abraham and the Angels (1986)

by Roger Wagner

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Commentary by the artist

Instead of a written reflection, Roger has created a a video exploring both versions of his Abraham and the Angels.

Vicar’s reflections

Andrew Bunch writes:

Divine Encounters happen at unexpected times and this is the case for Abraham when he was sitting in his tent and was visited by three angels. This encounter, Abraham and the Angels, has been painted by Roger Wagner on two occasions, first in 1986 and then again in 2002. In the earlier painting, the focus is on the encounter, with Abraham in the dark shade of his tent and the angels on the border between the dark of the tent and the bright outside light. Divine encounters are precisely like this, shining a different and bright light on the world around us, almost too bright for us to bear. But in this picture, Roger also hints how mankind has a tendency to misuse the gifts and visions that are on offer to us. The cement works in the background is not a beautiful sight, rather a blot on the landscape, raising the question on how we misuse the gifts and visions we are given.

(Genesis 18:1-8)