Lead, Kindly Light
“An invitation to salvation” is how artist Simon Dewey describes his newest sculpture, Lead, Kindly Light. While he loves his painting of the same name, which inspired his new sculpture, he explains that there is only so much an artist can control in two dimensions: “The canvas can only contain so much. With three dimensions, one is unconsciously encouraged to move around the art and allow the gaze to rest on any angle from any vantage point.” So he commissioned a third party, under his careful direction, to translate his painting into a beautiful bronze statue.
Dewey loves the metaphor of light—its beauty and meaning to those of us struggling through life. His sculpture captures the Savior lighting the way with one hand and beckoning to us to come to Him with the other.
As Dewey continues to create images of the Savior, he wants observers to find something beyond the medium. “Religious art has the illustrious tradition of being able to inspire, console, motivate, and educate,” he explains. He loves that some people describe his artwork as a “visual utterance to our testimonies,” but he humbly recognizes his talent as a gift, a way to share his own feelings about the gospel.