Mary, mother of the Church, 1975
Acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 24″
Provincial Leadership Team Residence, New Rochelle
The artist has painted this theme at various times. The composition is a variation of the traditional Our Lady Mercy or Our Lady of Grace, where multitudes are received and protected under the Blessed Mother’s mantle. Here the faithful are part of her grown as though she were pregnant with the Church as the result of her radical, “Yes”, in response to the Word when she became the Mother of the Church. Ken Chapman’s paintings of the blessed Mother always seem to be painted with a ready confidence.