Jyoti Sahi (b.1944 – )
Journey to Emmaus – Blessing, 2002
Oil on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Loaned by Mrs Barbara Butler – Executive Secretary, Christians Aware
Journey to Emmaus – Blessing and Journey to Emmaus – Presence
The inclusion of ‘feet’ provides us with Jyoti’s version of the resurrection.
Born in Pune India in 1944, his father was a Hindu, his mother a Christian, and it was his father who decided he be brought up as a Christian. A close family friend was an artist and Jyoti comments ‘I can still remember the smell of paint which pervaded his studio. I was seven years old when I decided I would like to be an artist like him’.
Jyoti studied at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts in London from 1959 -63. After completing his Diploma, he was invited by Dom Bede Griffiths to join him in his newly founded Ashram in South India. After teaching art for some years in India, he joined Fr Bede and it was in this Ashram that he met his wife Jane, who is English, and from a Quaker background. They were married in 1970 and came to live in Bangalore where he was connected with the National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre founded by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, soon after the Second Vatican Council, to reflect on the relation of the Church in India to Indian Cultures and Spirituality. He is still linked to this centre, having founded an Ashram (The Indian School of Art for Peace) in a village outside Bangalore in 1984.
(Seeing the Spiritual: A Guide to the Methodist Modern Art Collection, 2018.)
Child Jesus with Birds ‘I have arranged several conferences and exhibitions for Jyoti Sahi and this painting was included in a Leicester exhibition in the 1990s. I liked it immediately. It is an Indian ‘Madonna and Child’ which is both hopeful and looking to the mountains and beyond and at the same time pointing to earthly dangers.’