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Revelation (resurrection) Leonard Aitken – Artist.

Revelation (resurrection) Leonard Aitken – Artist.

A life saving revelation will bring true life to light.

Revelation (resurrection)
$6000 Oil on canvas
160 * 124 cm









Revelation (resurrection) is a painting of titanic proportions.

A revelation is a surprising fact which is disclosed to someone, which often has a noteworthy effect on the person’s life. In the case of a revelation from God, the ultimate revelation is when God reveals himself to someone that turns a person from spiritual ignorance to realising the depth of God’s influence on his life and destiny. It is this ‘initial’ revelation which is very much like a resurrection – largely because is is linked to the resurrection of Christ Himself and leads to the resurrection (or being ‘born again’) of the individual, through Christ’s resurrection.

The painting ‘Revelation (resurrection)’ describes this relationship between an individual’s revelation of God’s place in the world (and our lives), and the actual resurrection of Christ.

Christ’s resurrection opened the door to a re-union of humankind with God once and for all.

When a person realises the place of God in their lives and submits to his infinite love and wisdom, they are immediately “born again”. This is a resurrection on a personal basis for all believers. The believer has attained ‘eternal life’.

The painting is painted loosely with an aim to emphasise the drama of such a moment. Such a momentous revelation is shown to be like emerging from quicksand and gasping at the clean air of salvation. It is the salvation of the believer which leads to their resurrection into the new ‘heavenly life’ of communion with God.

It is this revelation which leads to Heaven.

Yet there is pain in this revelation. This new life is not without its sacrifices and there are always times and places when we can be sucked back into the quicksand through laziness or personal, spiritual neglect. A resurrection born of such a revelation is one which needs to be nurtured through diligence, patience, love and steadfastness. Communication with God is the key – and without the resurrection of Christ, this communication is impossible – for He (Christ) is always ready to intercede with God on all our needs.

The painting is a rendition of that great storm that accompanies such a grand revelation as the one described. It is the storm before the calm and peace of eternity.




Illuminate is the title of the exhibition I will be holding at the Professional Centre, which will open at 6:00PM on the 24th March 2016. Illuminate will display over twenty five paintings in my new ‘illuminate’ series of works. There will also be other works at the centre because of the size of the centre and its ability to display about 70 paintings at a time.

illuminate, peacock, light painting

Illuminate, 100 * 100 cm Oil on canvas






There will be an opening night on the Thursday before Easter at 6:00PM when visitors to the centre can enjoy a night of music and refreshments while viewing the works in the illuminate series. The last exhibition I held at the centre attracted over 120 visitors and I expect that this one will be at least equally as successful.

The works themselves revolve around the various concepts which emanate from the idea of illumination. I have been playing around with various visual effects and the effects of light and colour on the world around us. Vision is impossible without light. Colour cannot exist without light. The world we see is a construct of light – but what exactly is light?

Light is many things. In art it is an adornment to the inner integrity of a work. Light is also a revealer of truth. Some of the other ideas which are being explored in this series of works include ‘revelation’ and ‘space’. In these works light plays games with the three dimensional plane of the works, causing some parts to move backwards and forwards in unusual ways, subverting the normal perception of the picture plane and revealing new perceptions.

I like to think that viewers can look into my paintings and see new things with each new viewing.

Revelation is a form of spiritual light. This aspect of illumination is also explored in these works. Other forms of illumination explored in these works include truth, love and hope.

I hope to see you at the opening night of the exhibition on the 24th of March next year.The exhibition will continue for a few weeks after the opening night.