(All photographs by Michael Myers)

On the surface, Colorado Springs Artist and Orthodox monk Luke Shaffer would seem to be the embodiment of spiritual contradiction. On the one hand, he’s a bona fide tonsured monk in the Orthodox tradition. On the other hand, he’s a child of American pop culture who continues to draw and paint the rock ‘n’ roll icons of his youth alongside the monks and icons of his faith.

In this second installment of a two-part audio slide show (to watch part 1: Punks, click HERE), Shaffer talks about the paintings, drawings and icons he’s created of the monks and saints who changed his life.

Shaffer’s work will appear at the Rubbish Gallery from January 8 – 29.

(Many thanks for your comments and feedback below! thebigsomething@krcc.org)

 

7 Responses to Punks and Monks (Part 2: Monks)

  1. Lori DiPasquale says:

    wonderful piece! looking forward to seeing Luke’s work at Rubbish! thanks for sharing your thoughts knowledge and insights

  2. rence says:

    Excellent pieces (both of them). Now I understand why they asked me perform at Rubbish on the 8th (along with Nicotine Fits, and hopefully Munster Boogie). Excited!

  3. Todd Spencer says:

    Fresh air. This is just wonderful stuff. It’s a joy for a media source (the best in the state!) to present a follower of Christ as someone down-to-earth, creative, thoughtful, forgiving, artistic, expressive…non-judgmental. There are way more of us out here than much of the world realizes. Thank you again, KRCC…Thank you Luke.

  4. Lauren Giusti says:

    This was my favorite Big Something to date. Luke, you are not only interesting and talented, but so eloquent in explaining your art and your insights. I look forward to seeing your show.

  5. Mary H says:

    Thank you. It’s people like Luke who give me hope for the future.

  6. Dax Gillette says:

    I love it. I really dig the artwork and the presentation. Thanks Noel, thanks Luke.

  7. Lorenzo White says:

    Cant wait for this show! Definitely a great way to start the New Year off.

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