Picture in Focus: The Good Shepherd by Rudolph Valentino Bostic

June 30, 2013

Picture in Focus: The Good Shepherd by Rudolph Valentino Bostic

This week's new image of the Good Shepherd in the on-line Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection is the work of another American Outsider Artist from the South, Georgia-based Painter Rudolph Valentino Bostic. Like all the pieces already on view in the image gallery of the Bostic profile page in the Sacred Artists section, this new work has been made with enamel house paint on cardboard. Christ can be seen in the central panel, decked out in a halo with rays, looking like the corona-crown on the Statue of Liberty. He crosses a wilderness of stylized stones and flowing waters, carrying on his shoulders the stray that was lost but now found in the Parable of the Lost Sheep, recorded in Luke 15:4-7. Bostic often creates cardboard frames for his works, decorated with vignettes, reflecting his main subject. In this version of the Good Shepherd, he covers the frame with portraits of Christ, heads of sheep, images of the angels, who, as the parable tells us, rejoice in heaven "over one sinner that repenteth," as well as several pictures of table settings with food and drink, a reference, perhaps, to Psalm 23:5 (KJV): "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies." (John Kohan)