A Painting for Uncle Frank, 1980
A Painting for Uncle Frank
synthetic polymer paint
SAINT PAUL - HEBREWS. 'A PAINTING FOR UNCLE FRANK.' Colin McCahon 1980. (brushpoint, b.l.)
here I come
back home where
you stand before mount Zion
City of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem,
before myriads of angels, the full concourse and
assembly of the first-born citizens of heaven and
God the judge of all, and the spirits of good men made
perfect, and Jesus the mediator of the covenant whose sprinkled blood has
better things to tell than the blood of abel. see that you do not
refuse to hear the voice
Those who refused
to hear the oracle speaking on earth
found no escape; still less shall we escape if we
refuse to hear the ONE who speaks
The indeed his Voice shook the earth,
but not as he had promised
'yet once again I will shake not earth
alone, but the heavens also.'
The words 'once again' - and only once - imply that
the shaking of these created things means their removal,
and then what is not shaken will remain.
The kingdom we are given is unshakeable:
Let us therefore give thanks to GOD and worship him
as he would be worshiped with
reverence and awe for our GOD is
a devouring fire
By thee, Lord were earth's
foundations laid of old, and the
heavens are the work of thy hands.
They shall pass away, but thou
Like clothes they shall grow old;
Thou shalt fold them up Like a cloak;
Yes, they shall be changed like any garment
BUT THOU ART THE SAME.
AND THY YEARS SHALL HAVE NO END.
He who makes his angels winds
and his minister
a fiery flame.
1980 Wellington: [A Painting for Uncle Frank and The emptiness of all endeavour], Peter McLeavey Gallery, 12-29 August 1980, cat. no. 1, $6,000.
1988 Auckland: Colin McCahon: Gates and Journeys, Auckland City Art Gallery, 11 November 1988-26 February 1989, cat. no. N4.
1998 Wellington: Dream Collectors: One Hundred Years of Art in New Zealand, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 14 February-? July 1998.
The subject of this painting was Toss Woollaston's Uncle, Frank Tosswill. A member of the Oxford Group, also known as Moral Re-armament, Tosswill was an itinerant preacher in the Nelson region in the 1940s. The texts come from A Letter to Hebrews, 12:22-29; 1:10-12 and 1:7, from the New English Bible.