GC works with Gloucestershire artist to explore 'Faith' in modern society
Gloucestershire College is set to become the temporary home for a new, exciting exhibition of portraits by local artist Russell Haines. The collection celebrates modern society and the synergy between us, no matter what our faith or belief system is.
The exhibition of 37 large portraits will run for six weeks at Gloucester Cathedral before moving onto the GC Gloucester Campus, where they will form a trail scattered around the building for people to follow.
Each portrait portrays an individual from a different religion, faith or belief system and includes Zoroastrians, Druids, Witches, Pagans and Baha'i as well as all the other more well known religions. It includes the first portrait of the Bishop of Gloucester, The Right Reverend Rachel Treweek, who is the first female Bishop to sit in the House of Lords.
Russell, who originally only took up painting six years ago for medical reasons following a stroke, wants his art to help communities and deliver social impact. He said:
“I hope in a small way my art can help the viewer to see past the label and see instead the person contained within the portrait.
Each of them is unique and yet also very alike, trying to live their lives in the best way they can. The only difference is how each of them expresses their view of the world."
The Faith exhibition will launch on 14 January at Gloucester Cathedral and run until 26 February. To see more of Russell's work visit his website: www.russellhaines.co.uk