Ian de Souza


ian de souza artwork

Ecclestical works by Ian de Souza 1956 to 2010


The "Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ" was a finalist in the 2007 MANDORLA ART AWARD. 

The representational image of Jesus the human man is clear in the first frame and as the ink bleeds through successive layers of rice paper,  it transforms into an abstracted image; a representation of the Spirit risen to be at one with God. 

The ink was applied to the top sheet of rice paper and bled through the underlying layers delicately  changing the image from realism to abstraction.  Both the process of making the work and the work itself reflects the title which in turn represents the  belief that is central to the Christian faith.

From the artist's earliest days in a minor seminary college in Galong NSW he has painted ecclesiastical works.  In these time honoured  subjects the artist explores the distillation of spirit from matter.

He remains particularly inspired by the seminal philosophic and spiritual writings of Joseph Campbell (dec'd) author Power of Myth

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  • L'Annunciazione
  • oil on canvas
  • 156x163cm
  • 2004
  • Aus $11,000.
  • sold
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  • Pieta
  • oil on canvas
  • 180 x 120cm
  • 2004
  • Aus $9900.
  • sold
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  • untitled
  • oil on canvas
  • 180 x 160cm
  • 2008
  • Aus $11000.
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  • Butoh - an avant garde dance movement formed in Japan after WW11 - described as " the dance of the dark soul" ......a butoh dancer trains for 7 years, never replicating a gesture within their performance.
  • sold
  • ink "bleeding" through successive layers of rice paper
  • 4 pieces @ 60 x 40cm
  • 2007
  • NFS
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  • of Earth......
  • oil on canvas
  • 163 x 154cm
  • 2005
  • Aus $11,000.
  • sold
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  • the silent world within
  • oil on canvas
  • 120 x 130cm
  • acrylic on paper
  • NFS
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  • mother and child 1
  • acrylic on paper
  • 160 x 150cm
  • 2000
  • NFS
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  • Passion of Christ - painted by Ian de Souza aged 16 yrs
  • house paint on board - this image was used as a banner for sacred ceremonies
  • Front Cover of Majellan Catholic magazine 1966
  • This image was the inspiration for PASSION, DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF CHRIST 2007
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  • Mother and Child
  • linebrush with wash on paper
  • 80 x 60cm
  • 2004
  • Aus $2600.
  • sold
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  • Mother and child
  • acrylic on canvas
  • 90 x 150cm
  • 2000
  • NFS
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  • Passion of Christ - originally 6 panels, edited to 4 panels
  • bleeding ink thru 6 panels of rice paper. The artists paints only on the first sheet
  • NFS
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  • contiguity.....tableau of compassion - finalist MANDORLA ART AWARD 2004
  • line brush figure paintings collaged on canvas. steel frame ingraved in 6 languages - Hebrew, Arabic, English, Classic German, Mandarin, latin;" Quote: "whatsoever you do for the least of them you do for me"..
  • NFS
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  • acrylic on ricepaper on canvas 2012
  • 120 x 90cm
  • ...when the centre of the heart is touched, and a sense of compassion awakened with another person or creature, and you realise that you and that other are in some sense creatures of the one life in being, a whole new stage of life in the spirit opens out. This opening of the heart to the world is what is symbolized mythologically as the virgin birth. ....the birth of a spiritual life in what was formerly an elementary human animal living for the merely physical aims......
  • quotation....Joseph Campbell - THE POWER OF MYTH

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