Martyr by Patrick Samuel
Oil pastels and acrylics on off-white paper
23x30xm approx
Original not available
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Inspired by the Old Testament tale of the Binding of Isaac, this brightly coloured oil pastel painting takes us back to that time. Here, Isaac is slightly older, perhaps in his mid teens and is being put through the tribulations to test his father’s faith, as instructed by God.

Bloodied, tortured and with a glowing crown of glass placed upon his head that pierces into his skull, the boy suffers for his father’s faith in a cruel God.