John Muafangejo (1943-1987)
Judas Iscariot betrayed our Lord Jesus for R.3.00, 1972
Linocut – signed print no 37 of 100
34cm x 45cm
Loaned by Trustees of the Methodist Modern Art Collection
Judas Iscariot betrayed our Lord Jesus for R.3.00
This work is divided into two parts. On the right a clean-shaven Judas is shown embracing Jesus while two bearded figures, with weapons in their hands and sheathed swords, look on. They must be part of the high Priest’s entourage. On the left Judas is shown hanging from a tree: three rand notes, the price of betrayal, can be seen below the foliage.
(Seeing the Spiritual – A Guide to the Methodist Modern Art Collection, 2018.)
John Muafangejo was born in Lo Mghadi in Southern Angola in 1943. After the death of his father in 1956 he moved to live in Namibia where he was formally educated at St Mary’s Anglican Mission. From there and in recognition of his artistic talent and interest he went, in 1964, to study at Rorke’s Drift Art School in Natal. His medium of choice was the linocut and he produced a wealth of beautifully descriptive visual narratives. In 1987 he had a very successful one man exhibition at the Festival Hall in London, sadly he died on his return to Namibia. He is probably best remembered in the UK for the 1988 Wembley Concerts celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday when large images of his prints were used on the canvases that formed the backdrop to the event.
(Seeing the Spiritual: A Guide to the Methodist Modern Art Collection, 2018.)