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John Pelling

 

 

John Pelling has become known for large scale works on massive canvases, many of his paintings being between 10 and 15 feet in length. His abstract style has left him open to broad interpretation, although religious imagery is always a strong element. For example, "Maternal Movement", which is displayed at the Chelsea Arts Club appears to show an embryo and an umbilical cord, and the angular designs below the central subject appear to represent the female reproductive organs (female genitalia feature in many of Pelling's works), but the non-abstract intrusion of a monstrance containing the sacramental host clearly points to the subject being the unborn Jesus Christ in his mother's womb.

 

In addition to these abstract styles, Pelling also paints vividly colourful religious arts, such as his 2002 series of fourteen stations of the cross for St Thomas the Apostle Church, Hanwell, whose colourful composition is typical. Pelling has stated that his use of strong primary colours is a reflection of his experience of "the contrasts of parish work [in the Church of England] and its intensity". On occasion Pelling has used just shades of a single colour, not only in abstract work, but also in character painting, such as the shades of blue/green in his work "The Annunciation" commissioned by, and displayed in, St Gabriel's Church, North Acton, in London. 

 

Pelling has also undertaken portrait work. His portrait of Graham Greene was the final one commissioned and painted before Greene's death. 

 

Today works by Pelling are included in the royal collections of Monaco and Kuwait; extensive collections of his work may be found in the National Gallery of Modern Art of Poland, at Gdańsk.

 

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John Pelling has become known for large scale works on massive canvases, many of his paintings being between 10 and 15 feet in length.
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