Artist: Brian J. Turner
Medium: Acrylic on board
Size: 10.2 x 7.6 cm
Location: Private collection
Matthew 8:28-34 - When He had come to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met Him as they came out of the tombs. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. Suddenly they shouted, “What do You have to do with us, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” Now a long way off from them, a large herd of pigs was feeding. “If You drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” the demons begged Him. “Go!” He told them. So when they had come out, they entered the pigs. And suddenly the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the water. Then the men who tended them fled. They went into the city and reported everything—especially what had happened to those who were demon-possessed. At that, the whole town went out to meet Jesus. When they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their region.
The demons have an apparently legitimate complaint; it is not yet “the time,” - the Day of Judgment. But Jesus is present and is already breaking the powers of darkness. Jesus permitting the demons to enter the pigs is, again, perhaps because the true Day of Judgment had not yet arrived.
Brian J. Turner is a contemporary English painter, whose stated ambition is to paint his way through the Bible. Turner completed a one year Foundation course in Fine Art at Hertfordshire College of Art & Design in 1974, before moving to Exeter to undertake his B.A.(Hons) Fine Art Degree, graduating in 1978. On his website his current project is planned to unfold over the next twenty years. Viewers who browse this site are invited to spend time with the paintings - variously narrative and abstract - as they appear online, and as one route to spiritual growth and understanding faith