Over the past week or so, we have seen quite a bit of attention brought to the Glen Tarnowski painting entitled 'The Gathering.' I am including the image here again even though it is posted below with the original Tribune article.
What the article did not state as clearly or in as much detail as I would have like is the real inspiration that Glen Tarnowski had when he chose to paint this work of art.
Knowing the true deeper meaning of what Glen intended with
the painting along with his passion for Chuck and his work, I know it’s even
more important to communicate the intention of the artist. He did not reconsider his aim after
controversy. Instead, he was incredibly thoughtful before he decided to
approach this rendition.
Glen is one of the most devout Christians I’ve ever
met. He communicates that his entire
purpose for creating his artwork is to raise the human spirit and to inspire
the human heart.
His short answer about his motivation, as stated in the
article, is that if we all lived in a world of cartoon characters, God would
find a way to communicate to us, to Gather us to Him,” hence, the name of the work,
‘The Gathering”. He added, “God loves us that much, that he would find a way to
bring us to Him no matter what or who we are.”
He went on to say:
“God wants to have a relationship
with us and wants to Gather us to him.”
“It is so important to recognize
that the whole of faith cannot be wrapped up in a painting. It is so important
to realize again what the symbols in a painting are pointing
“We often get so conditioned to see
a painting over and over and lose its original meaning. Perhaps this is an
opportunity to revisit what the meaning beyond a painting
“Chuck Jones was the absolute master
in using cartoon characters to communicate the issues we deal with in life. We
all resonate with these characters.”
I can guarantee that Chuck
would be thrilled with the quality and respect that Glen provides these
characters. Additionally, Glen can, as
Chuck would say, “paint his ass off.” A
very tough combination to find: someone who loves Chuck and his cartoons and
who can paint that masterfully.
And I’ve been asked why have anyone attempt painting the
characters. Because Chuck is gone from
this earth, but his characters are as alive as they’ve ever been. If I could ask Da Vinci to paint the
characters, I would. And I guess that he would have fun doing it.
Just yesterday Glen sent me a note, part of which I am including here.
I hope that all can
recognize the eternal Love message of : Philippians 2:5 Let this mind
be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who,
being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a
bondservant, and coming in the
likeness of men (why not a cartoon if necessary). 8
And being found in appearance as a man (or in this instance a cartoon
character), He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the
cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him
and given Him the name which is above every name, 10
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of
those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and
that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.
This message of Love
is for all with NO STRINGS ATTACHED!
I am both proud to
have done the work and proud to be associated with a class organization such as
Glen's short self defined bio:
Faith, Family and
Baroque – (1600 –
Each painting I am
To create art that