Artist’s works join iconic mural at St Paul’s in Bow

PUBLISHED: 09:39 17 June 2011

Outraged Christ, by Charles Lutyens

Outraged Christ, by Charles Lutyens


An artist who saw the mural he was commissioned to produce for an East End church 40 years ago become an icon of post-war ecclesiastical architecture is to return to the building for an exhibition.

From 1963 to 1968, Charles Lutyens worked on a mosaic mural for the newly consecrated modernist church, St Paul’s in Bow Common.

The 800sq ft mosaic became one of the largest contemporary murals of its kind in the British Isles.

The artist, who had worked from mobile scaffolding high above the central altar space of the church, returned to the same spot just a few weeks ago to finish off a part of the mural he had purposefully left bare.

Now Mr Lutyens’ works will make their presence felt once again in the Grade II listed building, with an exhibition opening on Saturday (June 25).

Paintings, drawings and sculptures from the artist’s half a century’s worth of works will be displayed until July 23.

His mural ‘Angels of the Heavenly Host’ will be joined by his recently finished 15ft wooden sculpture of the Crucifixion ‘Outraged Christ’, among other works.

The Reverend Duncan Ross said of the artist: “In a recent BBC documentary which surveyed the history of churches in the British Isles, St Paul’s was chosen to represent the whole of post-war church architecture. This brought home to me anew the considerable significance which this building holds far and wide.”

Charles Lutyens: Being in the World runs from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 11am to 7pm.

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