47" x 31"
“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully
as when they do it from religious conviction.”
Blaise Pascal 1661 A.D.
This work is an example of, “editorial art,” art with a message. It addresses the topic of false profits of Christianity and the rising population of self-professed Disciples of Christ who have had their hands tithed by the Faithful throughout the modern world. This piece bears a noticeable resemblance to DaVinci’s “Last Supper,” of 1495 A.D., in which he employed models for his interpretation of the odd thirteen unless, of course, you subscribe to the belief that the entire rectory rose from the dead just for Leo.
Over the years, One of You Will Betray Me has incited a great deal of controversy, mostly from those who do not examine the piece carefully, so allow me to point out the obvious. The men surrounding the Christ figure are not in fact the Disciples of Christ but simply ‘appear’ to be so. The juxtapositioning and hand gestures of the models mimic DaVinci’s rendition to the extent that the twelve are going through all the correct motions to indicate their authenticity. The Christ figure, however, conforms to the DaVinci model and is obviously out of place in the era. The answer to the question, “What’s wrong with this picture?” is…”Christ does not belong in it.” We offer our sincere apologies to the followers of Reverend Ike, Jimmy Swaggert, Charles Manson and David Koresh if we rocked your faith at all. It was, however, intentional.
For those who condemned me unjustly for blasphemy, you flatter me. Keep in mind that that’s what they got HIM on. Don’t you feel foolish?