The Good Shepherd with Imelda
Wayne Forte Oil on canvas 2010
Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” (Luke 15:4–6)
Forte’s painting considering the Lost Sheep is disquieting. Originally part of an exhibition in the Philippines, where it was paired with Forte’s The Good Shepherd with Adolf, it offers a unique view of the depth of the Good Shepherd’s love. Among a field of people, Jesus seeks to rescue the lost sheep. This image finds the Good Shepherd rescuing what appears to be Imelda Marcos within a mass of Filipinos. Audacious or even distasteful, the artist reaches more forcibly to get to the heart of this parable of Jesus.