'St. John of Patmos', Ansel Krut

Abstract painting of a figure on a table with a halo

Oil on canvas, 142 x 158 cm

Here is St. John of Patmos sitting on a jetty at the edge of the world. He is having his vision of the Apocalypse. If you look into his eyes you can see expanding circles of colour, a bit like the lenses of x-ray spectacles (the sort you get on mail order). The syrupy grey light that envelops him is dark and luminous at the same time, and simultaneously flat and endless too. He has a corporeal and spiritual self; they are joined by a single head. His halo is aligned in concert with exploding planets.


Ansel Krut was born in Cape Town in 1959. He studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 1979-82 and the Royal Academy Schools 1983-86. He won a prize in John Moores 14 1985, and from 1987 to 1990 held an Abbey Major scholarship at the British School in Rome. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, recent solo shows including Jason and Rhodes London 1998, George Adams Gallery New York 2000, and two at domoBaal contemporary art London 2004. He was a prizewinner in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2002.