The Sacred in the Everyday: John Cobb’s Chapel Series
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The Sacred in the Everyday: John Cobb’s Chapel Series


TYLER, February 13 – A wooden chapel constructed by John Cobb displaying his “Chapel Series” paintings will be in the Tyler Museum of Art’s lobby through March 30, 2013.

In 1981, Austin artist John Cobb began his “Chapel Series”, focusing on how extraordinary beauty and depth of meaning can be expressed through the lives of common people. Inspired by the Bible, Cobb’s paintings depict people known to him in contemporary settings recognizable to all.

Each painting in the series is created with egg tempera and backed with gold leaf, which is often found in medieval icons. The traditional method helps tie the past ideas with the present-day subjects.

According to the artist, the gold leaf does not idolize or put the subject on a pedestal, but helps enlarge “this life” as something beautiful.

  “The intent of the work is to present, in this case, Christianity in the light of now,” said John Cobb.

While the ideas being expressed through the paintings are traditional, the subject matter makes the works more contemporary. The use of everyday people also makes the paintings more accessible to viewers.

The wooden structure, or chapel, that houses his series acts as a backdrop for the paintings. It also separates the viewer from the outside and gives them a place to reflect on the imagery.

As part of the Spring Lecture Series, John Cobb will give an artist talk on Thursday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. This public lecture is free, but reservations are preferred. Contact the Museum at (903) 595-1001 to reserve your seat today.

The Sacred in the Everyday: John Cobb’s Chapel Series will be on display in the Museum lobby through March 30, 2013. The installation is generously sponsored by Randy C. & Linda Randall and the Kalos Foundation.

The Tyler Museum of Art exists as an educational and cultural center to enrich the lives of East Texas citizens and visitors through the collection, preservation, study, exhibition, interpretation, and celebration of the visual arts. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. The TMA is supported by its Members and Tyler Junior College. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit

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