|Mug Shots by Samax Amen. Acrylic on Canvas|
In college, I started a series of paintings, drawings and illustrations of Jesus and other Biblical characters in contemporary context, with an eye on examining how an unbiased audience would experience and react to their stories today. This is a depiction of Jesus, after he is arrested at the Garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus was arrested on charges equivalent to conspiracy to commit treason and terrorism, based on his claims to be the Son of God, King of the Jews, and his encouraging others to "tear down this temple" and "drink my blood" and "eat my flesh"... After a rushed trial that failed to prove his guilt, he was nevertheless sentenced to death by crucifixion, the worst from of capital execution/torture the Roman government had to give him.
At the time, the so-called "mugshot" photo was the best way I could think of to capture the image of how his contemporaries would see this carpenter-turned cult leader. Of course, Jesus was misunderstood, even by his own followers. He had no intention of overthrowing the Romans, but had planned all along to serve as a human sacrifice for the sins of man, then returning to Heaven after his resurrection.
Anyways, this piece is 5 feet wide and about 3 feet tall, acrylic on canvas.