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Seeing the future of mankind through a craftsman's eyes

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 18, 2013

Part of Robert Cox's linocut illustrating Chapter 24 of the Book of Isaiah

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The biblical Book of Isaiah, in which the prophet is said to have described God's great plan for the world, is the inspiration for an intriguing exhibition at Truro Cathedral this week.

Using vivid imagery of mystery and restoration, artist and ex-teacher Robert Cox set about recording the story of judgment and restoration in a series of 28 linocuts.

Robert, who will be visiting the cathedral to discuss his work, explained that after retiring as Head of Art from Bedford School in 2006 he felt prompted to begin work on a huge project.

The result is 66 A2-sized linocuts – one for every chapter of the Book of Isaiah. The mammoth undertaking took him took him three and a half years to complete and 28 of them form the basis of his current exhibition at the cathedral.

"In these uncertain days, we have a lot to learn from the mysteries contained within this rather difficult to understand book in the Bible," he said. "Isaiah is very visual, much like the Psalms and Revelation, being full of apocalyptic images."

The artist said he hopes the prints will be viewed as more than mere illustrations, adding: "Using these images, I want to touch the hearts and minds of the viewer, feeding and helping them to understand God's mystery and plan for the whole of mankind."

Working in a studio at his home, he described the long process of creating the prints as being "very laborious, but in the positive sense".

Cathedral communications officer Colin Reid described the result as "spectacular", adding: "His dedication and skill in this medium shine through. He is a master of his art and a superb craftsman."

The exhibition continues at Truro Cathedral until November 29. Admission is free. For more details visit robcoxpaintingsandprints.com



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