Acrylic painting by Ray Johnstone


  • Acrylic painting, Panel / Board / MDF
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 263.78 × 311.02 × 0.12 in (unframed) / 263.78 × 311.02 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Artist's description:

The Garden of Eden has alway been one of the most popular Biblical subjects for artists to interpret. There are thousands of others, including the Flight into Egypt,David, Moses, etc.
I was recently looking for information about Michelangelo’s David when I came across the following reference in no less an authority than Wikipedia:
The small size of the genitals, though, is in line with his other works and with Renaissance conventions in general, perhaps referencing the ancient Greek ideal of pre-pubescent male nudity.
But when I thought about it, I felt it would be better to make more of Adam and Eve’s genitals than the Greeks and the Renaissance artists had done.
After all, the book is called Genesis, the coming into being of something, or, simply, birth. And the narrative has lots to say about nakedness and carnal knowledge, which most scholare agree, is a euphamism for sexual intercourse.
So that was my thinking when I got started, and I apologise if anyone finds the naked figures in my Adam and Eve a tiny bit confronting.

Materials used:

acrylic paint on board