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Paintings and sculpture exhibition addresses some challenging questions

What has covetousness to do with the banking crisis? Or stealing to do with Third World poverty? These are among the questions that will be addressed in The Heart of Things exhibition

What has covetousness to do with the banking crisis? Or stealing to do with Third World poverty? How does the idea of a Sabbath rest intersect with our 24/7 culture?

These, and other questions will be addressed in an exhibition The Heart of Things, featuring work by two artists at the Menier Gallery in Southwark from 16-27 October 2012.

Artist Paul Hobbs’ work wrestles with questions of faith in relation to contemporary life. It is a mixture of painting and sculpture, and includes figurative, abstract and conceptual images, news articles and ready-made objects. For the first time he will be showing his ambitious Ten Words installation which challenges us to consider the relevance of the Ten Commandments today.

Sarah Kelly Paine's oil paintings use earthy colours and patterns drawn from creation, and reflect her exploration of the organic nature of the living God. Her own experiences in a cell church in France have informed her research into humanity and God. The act of creating has helped her to understand his creative nature, as well as the joys and mess of life.

The show is a celebration of a God intensely interested in our lives, concerned for our relationships, and passionate about the poor and vulnerable in society. The artists aim to challenge the viewer about issues of faith in God, our stewardship of the planet, justice and human dignity.

Paul Hobbs studied Social and Political Science at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and Fine Art at The Byam Shaw School of Art. Commissions include a large painting for Lambeth Palace. Sarah Kelly Paine studied at the Chelsea School of Art. She now lives and works in France.

The Heart of Things takes place at the Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU from Tuesday 16 – Saturday 27 October 2013 (Mon-Sat 11am-6pm; Fridays 11am-8pm). Further details from






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