Art exhibition puts the Bible at its centre

Artist Liz Asher marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible with her exhibition at Horsham Museum
Artist Liz Asher marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible with her exhibition at Horsham Museum

HORSHAM Museum and Art Gallery is marking the 400th anniversary of the creation of the King James Bible by exhibiting the work of Liz Asher.

‘The Power of the Word’ runs until Saturday April 30 and features a selection of early bibles on display, including a King James Bible owned by George II.

Its words have inspired countless artists, including Liz, as her colourful paintings and cartoons for stained glass windows show, and some of her work is on sale at the Causeway museum.

With early bibles from 1540 through to Victorian calligraphy and on to the typography of the 1940s, the display of biblical works provides an interesting view of how our ancestors viewed the Bible and the King James version in particular.

Liz, a Sussex-based artist who is married with three children, was born in 1978 in Epping.

She explains that although she had no artist in her family to follow, she always had a passion for painting and so studied art to A-level.

She continued to paint in her halls of residence at London University during her philosophy degree, the paintings filling her room became too much and she had her first solo exhibition in 1999.

Liz says that her artwork has taken a turn towards the spiritual and maintains this is her most fulfilling work.

More information about the artist can be found at www.lizasher.com