Smiling Jesus with tractor and friends

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'Jesus Laughing and Loving' is the title of an exhibition of images from around the world, in which local artists were asked to imagine a Jesus from their culture, interacting with friends. The paintings depict Jesus engaging with people in their ordinary daily life, doing ordinary everyday things, and enjoying himself immensely among friends. In a Pacific Islands context he is seen fishing from a canoe, in the Philippines he is depicted drinking with friends in a bar. 

So when we put on the exhibition here in Somerset we looked for a local artist to come up with a Jesus from around here. David Beech answered our call, and we love his painting. 

David's painting is for sale, and he is kindly donating the proceeds to the project, so the exhibition can tour a number of local towns and villages.

The exhibition is a project of HOPE Frome and Villages – you can read more about this at

It is on display at St Andrews Church, Mells until 10 June 2018. Then from 19-28 June it will be at the Church of St Philip & St James, Norton St Philip. Further locations may be announced.
£ 300
Painting: 'Smiling Jesus with tractor and friends'
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