'Gentle Creatures, Glorious Night' - Audrey Buda, Year 5 St Paul's Camden
2022 Year 5 Finalist
Gentle Creatures, Glorious Night
St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Camde
‘When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen in the East, until it stopped over the place where the child was’ ( Matthew 2: 9-12). Inspired by my family’s travels when we rode these gentle creatures, I realised what a long and difficult journey it must have been for the Magi travelling into the darkness; searching for their new born king.
This artwork, painted in strong brilliant acrylics, tells of the moment the Magi and their camels paused, exhausted, beneath the luminous vertical light. Their eyes widened at the sight of the star as they realised they had found the place of Jesus’ birth. And there they rested before preparing to continue on their way. The ever changing shades of the night sky have been painted in strong vertical lines to draw the audience's eyes down towards the animals that would transport the Magi. A gentle hint of gold leaf glimmering through the sky, telling us that this was to be a very special night. It would be a journey the kings and these majestic ships of the desert would make to find their saviour.
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