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Friday, 13 May 2022 17:43

Arts Plus Response to Ukraine

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Article Image: "The Things That Are Not" by Paul Hobbs

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has been sobering for all of us. It has been the subject of much prayer and reflection, and undoubtedly for many of you, artistic response. Our friends at Arts Plus have been publishing weekly reflections along with the artwork of Paul Hobbs (an artist from the UK). See their explanation below and check out their website to view the Beatitudes series. 

 (Originally published by Arts Plus here)

The leaders of Arts Plus have been praying about a meaningful response to the war between Russia and Ukraine.

To aid our prayers for these two nations, the people, their leaders and the church, we have decided to display the work of UK Artist Paul Hobbs who has created a series of nine paintings based on the beatitudes found in Mathew’s Gospel Chapter 5:1-12. It is our prayer that as you encounter and reflect on each image you are inspired to pray for peace and justice.

‘Brothers and sisters, listen carefully to these words from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. In them he declares the blessings of God's kingdom. He gives us a vision of a world redeemed by love, and the qualities of discipleship which will bring about that transformation.’


A series of 9 paintings based on Jesus’ statements in Matthew's gospel, called the Beatitudes.

They were painted in acrylic & ink, or made with acrylic on wood, by English Artist Paul Hobbs in 1996 and 1997. The paintings are 28 x 46 inches in size. 

View the Beatitudes series by clicking the photo below. 


The Merciful 

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