Friday, 13 June 2014


The Last Supper, a momentous historical moment for all Christians, witnessed a total of thirteen in attendance including, of course, Judas Iscariot whose betrayal led to Jesus Christ's act of Sacrifice in His crucifixion. Judas was the thirteeth to sit at the table and the first to leave. The day of the Crucixion was a Friday  believed by many to have been Friday the thirteenth.

My television debut forty-four years ago was on a programme called Today (Thames TV) which was transmitted on Friday the thirteenth. Numerous other events of personal significance have occurred down the years on a Friday the thirteenth. My depiction, therefore, is both an outer and inner reflected awareness of how this particular day resonates across the human psyche. The number twelve represents a chronological completeness of divine arrangement, eg twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock day, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ etc, whereas the number thirteen is considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. Hence my painting (oil on canvas) is irregular.

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