St. John Vianney Catholic Primary School, Greenacre
The Visit of the Magi
My artwork reflects the Magi’s travel to Bethlehem to visit the Baby Jesus. The Magi are placed in the centre of the painting, marking their significance in the passage. The use of the three Magi links to the Holy Trinity which has now been fulfilled through the birth of Jesus Christ. The Star of David is also a significant aspect of the painting. Its bright colour amongst the dark background represents the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah, and is a symbol of the arrival of the light of the world amongst the darkness.
The colours used in the artwork are deliberate and symbolic of the Scripture. The use of yellow within the star and across the painting represent joy as it is the colour of happiness and optimism. The use of white within the rays of the star symbolises purity and innocence of the Virgin Mary. The dark blue sky which contrasts the rest of the painting conveys the importance of the birth of Jesus and the power and significance he would bring. Green is used throughout the artwork as a representation of growth and renewal of faith in God.
The artwork portrays the messages of Matthew 2:1-12 and provides all Catholics with the message that there is always hope in life. As Catholics, we should always continue to look for happiness in the future as we spread the Good News. Personally, I feel that this painting represents giving, waiting and anticipating joyful experiences, such as the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord.