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Jay Constantine
The Poisoning of Arius

2019

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Artist: Jay Constantine (1953) Title: The Poisoning of Arius Year: 2018 Medium: Oil on Shaped Panel Size: 72 inches, diameter Condition: Excellent Inscription: Signed, dated, titled by the artist on the verso Notes: The main subject of discussion during the first Nicaean Council in 325 A.D. was the Arian controversy. While the Nicaean Christians believed that Jesus was of the same substance as god (the trinity wasn’t established until later), Arians believed that Jesus was only a semi-divine, created being subordinate to god. The vote, of course is well known since the Nicaean creed became the accepted view. After the council, Arius was exiled and all his work was burned. After time, the emperor (in the interest of unity) invited Arius back into the Church. The Nicaean Christians were outraged by this action and the day before he was to accept communion, Arius was found dead. Many scholars believe that Arius was most likely poisoned and the only ones who would have had the motive to kill him would have been his opponents in the church. The early church fathers could barely contain their joy upon hearing of the agonizing death of Arius and they felt that this was the proper punishment for a so-called heretic.The influence of Arius persisted over time. The Radical Reformation saw more and more groups emerge with anti-Trinitarian views such as Socinianism and Unitarianism. It is also interesting to note that Nicaean Christianity is the only one of the three Abrahamic religions to accept the idea of the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus. —Portraits (clockwise): The Poisoning of Arius —Portrait of Arius: This portrait represents Arius in exile. —Pagan Scene: This is one of four scenes taken from Pompeii wall paintings —Early Church Fathers: This one of three images taken from the Nicaean Council, with my modifications. —Pagan Scene: This one of four scenes taken from Pompeii wall paintings. —Portrait of Athanasius: One of the early church fathers that vilified Arius and other heretics. —Pagan Scene: This is one of four images taken from Pompeii wall paintings. —Early Church Fathers: This is one of three images taken from a painting of the Nicaean Council, with my modifications. —Pagan Scene: This is one of four scenes taken from Pompeii wall paintings. JAY CONSTANTINE (1953) Jay Constantine was born in Cleveland, Ohio and received a BFA with honors at the Cleveland Institute of Art. After receiving his MFA from Northern Illinois University, he briefly lived in Chicago. He accepted a full time teaching position at Kendall College of Art and Design in 1980. As a full professor of painting, Constantine was chair of the Fine Art/Painting program for 10 years. As chair, he was instrumental in creating the undergraduate painting major and the MFA Program in Painting. Jay Constantine has received many grants and awards including the Arts Midwest/Regional NEA Grant, ArtServe Michigan Creative Artist Grant, the Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artist Grant, the Arts Foundation of Michigan, and he was an Artist in Residence at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art. Constantine has had solo shows at the Dennos Museum, Northern Illinois University Museum, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Krasl Art Center, Jesse Besser Museum, Oklahoma State University, Lansing Art Gallery and many other venues. He has been included in group exhibitions at the South Bend Regional Museum, Wood Street Gallery and the Contemporary Art Workshop in Chicago, Ann Arbor Art Association, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan Gallery, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art and many other art centers. Constantine has received awards from the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Muskegon Museum of Art, and other venues. His art is included in several collections including Grand Valley State University, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Pratt Graphics Center and private collections. Most recently, Constantine has exhibited at Brenda Taylor Gallery in the Chelsea gallery district and at Woodward Gallery in New York City. The Show at Woodward Gallery was reviewed in Artlog and Artbeat. Also, his work was reproduced in the Fall 2012 issue of Direct Art Magazine vol. 19 published by Barnes and Noble.

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