BGC Museum Exhibit: Picturing the Parables

The Sower and the Seeds
Ryan Jackson   Oil on canvas polyptych  2010

And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold. (Mark 4:4-8)

This polyptych portrays a straightforward approach to the famous parable. The paintings were done using only earth tones to capture the rawness and simplicity of this agrarian allegory, and each image was painted as a close-up in order to create a sense of poetic contemplation.