Current Location:
Allendale Campus -> Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts
Location Notes:
PAC Lobby East Wall


Rick Beerhorst
Gift of Lynn and John P. Vinkemulder
Oil on canvas
circa 2000
Artworks - Height: 40.25 in Width: 30 in
Historical Context:
"Rick's midwestern folk iconography draws upon certain stylistic aspects, and sometimes even the subject matter, of Byzantine icons. It may well have been this resemblance which led the art critic John Yau to suggest: 'There is something disturbing about Beerhorst’s paintings. And part of it is their refusal to be charming. His subjects strike me as remote, unavoidably so. Whoever we are, we are intruders.' The theology of the icon, however, is that through concentration on the image, the believer might make a deep, spiritual contact. And so while Rick's paintings might well seem disturbing at first glance, their refusal suggests a granting, rather than a denial, of access to that which is remote, mysterious and hidden. And as Rick most often paints his children, the access is to (or through) his family. Women and books predominate, as do cats, but birds, flowers and trees are also typical. Sight and obstructed vision are recurring themes, an allusive reference to 2 Corinthians 4:18: 'So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.'"

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