Catalogue entry

N04396 I AM THE ABYSS AND I AM LIGHT 1928

Inscr. ‘Sims’ b.l.
Tempera on canvas, 28×36 (71×91·5).
Presented by Henry M. Andrews through the National Art-Collections Fund 1928.
Coll: Purchased by Henry M. Andrews from the Royal Academy exhibition 1928.
Exh: R.A., 1928 (684); R.A., Late Members, winter 1933 (467).

One of the artist's semi-mystical ‘Spirituals’ described by Alan Sims in his Critical Survey of his father's work, pp.127–30. The meaning of this work is nowhere precisely given, although its title, apparently invented by the artist and not a quotation, suggests the absolute power of God over all creation and over the destiny of the universe. The title might be paraphrased as ‘I am Alpha and Omega’.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II