Mako Fujimura, Illuminator

Makoto Fujimura – The Art of “The Four Holy Gospels” from Crossway on Vimeo.

We, today, have a language to celebrate waywardness,

but we do not have a language, a cultural language,

to bring people back home.

~ Makoto Fujimura

As a reluctant, incipient appreciator of nonrepresentational art, I find this somewhere between intriguing and exciting.  I plan to save up for The Four Holy Gospels

Here is a link to a preview.



12 thoughts on “Mako Fujimura, Illuminator

  1. It helps me to appreciate art that I don’t fully understand if I can hear the artist talk about it, or for a docent to explain how the artist looks at/goes after their goals in the painting. But sometimes I just enjoy and appreciate this kind of art just for the choice and blending of the colors and how well they work together. Taking an art appreciation class in college was a big help and made me even more enthusiastic and curious about art in general. I went to the Museum of Modern Art (S.F.) with Audrey & family when they were here and that was really cool, too. The more you see, the more you learn, the more you enjoy.

  2. Thank you for the introduction.  I will keep this on my radar.I can think of only one illuminated Scripture that I own…. The Psalms of David by James S Freemantle, who illustrated over his lifetime for his wife.  Finally published by son in 1981.

  3. Thanks for this!  I’ve put it on my Amazon wishlist.  As I often tell my husband, if I were an artist, I’d do things like this.  I love illumination!I also have the Freemantle book and *love* it!

  4. O Carol, I’m so excited that you *like* him.  I would love to see his stuff in person.  I heard him speak on color one time, and was instantly intrigued.  

  5. @Btolly – @sonskyn – @womanofthehouse1 – @hiddenart – @LimboLady – @ACircleofQuiet -UPS delivered three books today to further explore art, culture, faith, and the relationship between them:Fujimura’s Refractions (a journey of faith, art , and culture)Philip Ryken’s Art for God’s Sake (A Call to Recover the Arts)Ned Bustard’s It Was Good (Making Art to the Glory of God)They all look excellent.  I’m excited!

  6. Chesterton House put this on their Facebook page as a link today.  I am no expert, but I think this is wonderful, and full of wonder.  Praise God.

  7. @jackug – ummm…Jack (is your name Jack?)??  Could you do me a favor? Please don’t mention wonderful sites at 2:17 a.m. in the morning, which I read at 7:14 a.m. in the morning when I am supposed to leave the house at 7:38.  Did you get that?   Oh my. Chesterton House is crazy good. Once again…thank you!!

  8. Oops.  Different time zone 🙂  I do not surf the web at 2.17 a.m.No, jackug is just a handle – can’t remember how I came up with it now.(This reply delayed due to recent busy-ness and stuff.  I read your blog most days.)

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