Mid River: The Bearer, 1995-8
Timothy Hyman RA (b. 1946)
RA Collection: Art
This is a complex allegorical painting which draws on many influences. It is a retelling of the story of St. Christopher carrying the infant Christ across a river. However there are several layers of meaning, the central figure which represents the artist is in fact a portrait of the writer John Cowper Powys who Hyman feels has 'shaped' him, and the child on his shoulder is more of a 'seraphic' presence helping the artist through a difficult period of his life. The river through which the artist strides is identified as the Thames by Tower Bridge which is visible in the distance, but the scattered figures suffering various indignities beneath his feet are reminiscent of suffering souls in a Brueghel painting.
1530 mm x 1220 mm
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