Executed in one continuous line, Weidmann's latest gallery release features the portrait of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. as the very first in his series, The Power of One.
The last single line portrait Weidmann created was a decade ago in 2009, depicting the face of Christ as he looks to the Heavens in The Suffering Servant in a Single Stroke. Since its debut in Weidmann's collection of work, this has been one of his most wildly successful and far-reaching artworks in his career.
Using only one of his handmade calligraphy pens and an inkwell, Weidmann draws these portraits in a continuous line. The flexible pen point of the nib creates a natural pressure system which gives the line varying densities. Beginning at the very center of the nose, the line gets thick and thin to create shadow and highlight of the face, encircling itself again and again, then evens out to a perfect circle.
Weidmann chose this technique to relay the power that one person can have; that the peaceful actions and powerful words of one can create a ripple effect through time, echoing Truth for future generations. The lineage of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. is not forgotten as we celebrate a day in his honor each January. His peaceful action in the civil rights movement revolutionized his culture. We recount his dedication to correcting the injustices of his time and we look to him, a leader in history, as his work is just as relevant today.
The Power of One Series will feature the men and women that have changed the course of history for the betterment of our world. Stay tuned as Weidmann adds to this series one portrait --one line-- at a time.
Sailors of long ago looked to the heavens to find their way on this earth. Though the seas would churn and the winds would blow, the heavens remained their constant guide. Burning stars above would chart their course across tumultuous seas, which threatened to claim their lives. Beyond the stars sailors spoke of a greater force, which they believed kept them safe and guided them home- this was the divine.
A ‘sojourner’ is a traveler who does not stay long in any one place. Whether we are literally traveling across an open sea or simply making our way through life, we are all sojourners. So, within the center of the compass rose is a ship sailing across high seas- a reminder that life brings waves to crash against our hull and test the strength of our vessel.
Pen and Ink
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This is an EXCLUSIVE re-release of this limited edition. The original 12" x 12" size of this series sold out a few years ago and we are bringing it back in a smaller size for a very limited run for Spring 2019. Only 77 will ever be sold at this size ever again!
The reformation of traditional verbiage is a prevailing theme in Weidmann’s work. He strives to take calligraphy to a new level within fine art, as shown in this piece which dictates Isaiah 53:4-5 in one continuous trajectory. The line intersects upon itself ten times, ending at its beginning to create a crown of thorns from the written word. A drop of blood indicates the struggle described in the verses: “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.”
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"When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul."
Weidmann gently weaves a sea of script back into the context from which it first transpired. In the 1800's, Horatio Spafford's, "It Is Well With My Soul," was penned while crossing the ocean scene where the lives of his four daughters were lost in a tragic shipwreck. These words, heavy with feeling and brilliant with praise and peace, are well-worn into the souls of many as one of the world's most beloved hymns. In the midst of terrible loss and heartache, we can declare, "it is well, it is well with my soul!"