One man's art reveals The Truth
THE Truth according to Tweed artist Graeme Stevenson has been revealed in his latest artwork.
At five metres by two metres, the artwork is Mr Stevenson’s largest to date.
“There were just a whole bunch of things to say in the painting and I wanted to deliver a personal message; that is why it is called The Truth,” he said.
Mr Stevenson painted The Truth according to the golden mean, and it is inspired by his anti-religious views.
The public discussion which Mr Stevenson hosted to reveal the work at Murwillumbah on Sunday proved to be a confrontational debate. He talked about his belief in Darwinism, Einstein and Isaac Newton’s theories, plus the need to act on climate change.
“My attitude is, religion is not needed; we need to get rid of it,” he said.
“It is only us now, and we have got to basically clean up and move into the universe.
“Jesus isn’t coming back and no-one is going to heaven, so we are going to have to help ourselves.”
Mr Stevenson was ready to “expose himself” and his beliefs to the public, and he said some confrontational people in the audience were “squashed rapidly”.
“I spoke for an hour and some people said they ‘didn’t realise any of this’,” he said.
“Three or four religiouspeople were really flushed, but they are simply not told the truth.”
“Listen to facts and science, it is the truth.”
Mr Stevenson said humans had to move away from religion and into a new paradigm that would allow the species to confront today’s chal-lenges.
“Do you really think God handed the world over to two teenagers in a garden?
“It is really silly and we should not have these views having any affect on the decisions we make as a people.”
The Truth goes on display at Newfarm’s Graydon Gallery from February 9 to 13.