Meera & Sanjeev, 200×150 cm, oil on canvas. My participation at @royalacademy #summerexhibition2022— Sara Shamma (@SaraShamma) June 13, 2022
21 June – 21 August 2022
Thank you @David_Mach for the invitation
Thank you @MeeraSyal and @TVSanjeev for the inspiration #royalacademysummerexhibition #royalacademyofarts pic.twitter.com/uGPbZwywc4
Sara Shamma is a Syrian painter who has created an image of one of England’s greatest and most controversial saints. Saint Augustine of Canterbury was a Christian missionary who was sent to England by the Pope in the 6th century. He is considered to be the founder of the English church and is venerated as a saint by both the Catholic and Anglican churches.
Shamma’s painting of Saint Augustine is part of a series of paintings she is creating of famous saints from around the world. She says that she wants to show the human side of these saints, and not just the religious aspects.
“I want to show that they were real people with real emotions,” she says. “I want to show their humanity.”
Shamma’s painting of Saint Augustine shows him holding a book and looking towards the heavens. He has a peaceful and serene expression on his face, and there is a sense of light and hope in the painting.
Shamma says that she was inspired to paint Saint Augustine after reading about his life and his work. “I was inspired by his story and his commitment to his faith,” she says. “He was a man who was willing to risk everything for what he believed in.”
Shamma’s painting of Saint Augustine is a beautiful and moving portrayal of one of England’s most important and controversial saints. It is a reminder of the human side of these religious figures, and of the power of faith.