32. Flag of Victory
Edward Knippers (1946- )
Oil on board
32 x 24
The breaking up of space into facets of color in Knipper’s recent work is not so much a nod to
modernismas it is a use of a modernist vocabulary to speak of ancient truths. Knippers writes,
“Since thedeath of my dear wife, Diane, I become increasingly aware of the ever-present veil that
separates thisworld from the next. I hope that my cubist-type language suggests a multi-dimensional
world quite differentfrom our own as it keeps the eyes in constant motion through transparent overlapping.
I havetried to use this visual metaphor to hint at the movement behind the veil in order to uphold the truth
that for those in Christ there is Glory beyond the edges of our comprehension. I think that this is
appropriate in dealing with subjects such as “Jacob’s Ladder” and ‘The Resurrection of Our Lord.’ In
these accounts the Scriptures part the veil ever so slightly and lift our hearts with rumors of what’s to
come.“ In the light of this vocabulary, the Flag of Victory in this painting of the Resurrection of Christ
is the Heavenly Kingdom, which will be the “flag of victory” for all true believers.
Matthew 28: 1-7
1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to
look at the tomb. 2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven
and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his
clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead
men. 5The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who
was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then
go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.
There you will see him.' Now I have told you."