Jesus as you’ve never seen him before – with a totally hippy vibe- just look at that crazy psychedelic background!
Jesus is in plain dress [tick] got a beard and long hair [tick] –kinda coiffured for a carpenter, but let’s not quibble – but there’s no halo- and no sentimental inscription. Just hippy Jesus on a totally rad background sort of looking up.
Like many icons of the 60s this is made of metal, with the picture sort of puffed out, and a metal stand behind to hold it up.
But unlike any other icon I’ve collected this picture shows Jesus embracing the totally happening 60s – I wonder if it was made by a progressive Catholic group or if the image was produced accidentally. We may never know- but – what an image!
I love this group of icons. The colours, the forms, the ensemble. The first, Jesus with a timber fan – cum halo, stands on a polished timber plinth giving the peace sign. The middle icon- hand painted perhaps by someone in a hurry- has Mary with a somewhat shifty look, and Joseph looking like a harried hippy [could that haircut be any more unfortunate?] As for baby Jesus- is it just me, or is he a ventriloquist doll?
The final icon features Mary arms outstretched, standing on an orb that while representing the earth, is the colour of her dress and head scarf, and which itself is on a bakelite plinth. Mary’s face is featureless- it’s all about the clothes- she is just a cipher.
The trio form an interesting group representing religious iconography of the 50s. In Australia. In the 50s.