As an inquisitive American artist, Eaker has always been deeply engaged in social, religious, and political climates. Eaker is currently working on a mural painting entitled “Elvis: An American Hymn.” Through it, Eaker is trying to bring affirming answers to … Continue reading Elvis: An American hymn
“Stations” ©2009 Alfred Eaker “Stitched Sanctity“ “Pierre Boulez” (Mural) ©️2018 Alfred Eaker BlueMahler Series Continue reading Abstract Spirituality
Progressive spirituality, modern voices Brother Cobweb and the alt-right Christianity (Satire) ‘Christ, our mother’ and her murderers: Donald Trump and the alt-right (Satire) “Alfred Eaker’s series of works are deeply felt journeys into sociopolitical satire. Each painting seems to be … Continue reading Modern Spirituality
July 6, 1977 Elvis Presley’s single “Way Down” is released.
*Cover Photo from “Elvis, American Trilogy” (Mural in progress) ©2020 Alfred Eaker Continue reading WAY DOWN
July 5, 1969 – Elvis Presley’s “In The Ghetto” hits #2 in the U.K.
It’s interesting in that originally I found this song thick in laying on the sentimentality and a bit schmaltzy. It doesn’t seem so at all today, Indeed, with everything surrounding us, it seems more relevant than ever…
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Mystical Revoltion © 2020, Alfred Eaker “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all. The number one cause of atheism is Christians. Those who proclaim Him with their mouths and deny Him with their actions is what an unbelieving world finds unbelievable.” Karl Rahner Continue reading MYSTICAL REVOLUTION
“Peace in the Post-Christian Era” (Thomas Merton) “We have to make ourselves heard. Christians have a grave responsibility to protest clearly and forcibly against trends that lead inevitably to crimes which the Church deplores and condemns. Ambiguity, hesitation and compromise are no longer permissible. War must be abolished. A world government must be established. We have still time to do something about it, but the time is rapidly running out.” Continue reading Sea of Rosaries: Beatitudes Born of Magnificat
Christ Casting Avarice From The Temple ©Alfred Eaker 2018 “I came into the world. Free by nature, in the image of God. I was nevertheless the prisoner of my own violence and my own selfishness, in the image of the world into which I was born. That world was the picture of Hell, full of men like myself, loving God, and yet hating him; born to love him, living instead in fear of hopeless self-contradictory hungers.” Thomas Merton, excerpt from Seven Storey Mountain (read by Pope Francis in his address to congress) Continue reading Of Mysticism and Social Justice: Christ Casting Avarice From The Temple
Feeding Of The 5000 © Alfred Eaker 2018 “Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny … To put it better, we are even called to share with God the work of creating the truth of our identity … The seeds that are planted in my liberty at every moment, by God’s will, are the seeds of my own identity, my own reality, my own happiness, my own sanctity.” Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas Continue reading Of Mysticism And Social Justice: Feeding Of The 5000
Pierre Boulez Mural ©️2018, Alfred Eaker. (Stained Glass Boulez in the Church of Brother Cobweb @The House of Shadows in Gresham, Oregon). These are 15 -8ft x 4ft paintings on wood panels. Being raised in an extremely conservative Pentecostal environment, I was paradoxically also pursuing artistic endeavors and exposed to the music of Wagner early on. Taking my drawing pad to church, I rebelled by creating a fictional preacher named Brother Cobweb (the novel about the character is being published next year). Years later, in 1980, PBS announced the airing of the Pierre Boulez/ Patrice Chereau Ring Cycle. Researching Boulez, … Continue reading PIERRE BOULEZ MURAL
With my lifelong painting of idiosyncratic (or heterodox if one prefers) iconography, I suppose it was inevitable that I paint a last supper. This mural, titled “Brother Cobweb’s Last Supper” will be used for”The Church Of Brother Cobweb” haunt at the Gresham, Oregon HOUSE OF SHADOWS for the West Coast Haunter’s Convention this May and its October haunt… Continue reading “BROTHER COBWEB’S LAST SUPPER ” AND “BROTHER COBWEB’S TENT REVIVAL,” house paint on wood panels ©2017 Alfred Eaker
From 1999 to 2000, I painted a mural, in oils, for St. Vincent De Paul client food choice pantry in Indianapolis, having been commissioned by Carolyn Reifel, who was the director of that facility. It took nearly a year. The mural was a donation btw, and we followed that with an art auction. Numerous local and national artists donated their work(s) to the auction in an effort to raise funds for the pantry. The mural spanned several walls, on dry wall. I began the mural with images of two priests who were and are still considerable influences in my life; … Continue reading MODERN SPIRITUALITY