Art

Of ice, art and inspiration

Tim Linhart's 'The New Covenant of Jesus Christ' culminates 20 years of detailed storytelling

By Virginia L. Clark
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 9/18/19

Tim Linhart is a world-famous ice sculptor who is featured regularly on United States news networks and worldwide for his "ice music" collaborative concerts in the Alps and other …

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Art

Of ice, art and inspiration

Tim Linhart's 'The New Covenant of Jesus Christ' culminates 20 years of detailed storytelling

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Tim Linhart is a world-famous ice sculptor who is featured regularly on United States news networks and worldwide for his "ice music" collaborative concerts in the Alps and other snowy venues, where musicians play his "icestruments" in a double-igloo concert hall.

Many Taoseños will recall his amazing snow and ice instruments presented in concert at Taos Ski Valley in the '90s. He also had an art gallery off Bent Street back in the day and painted an elaborate ceiling mural in the old Fred's Place Café.

Granted, he remembers the ski-area concerts more as a total bust compared to the worldwide renown his work now enjoys. A successful full-time artist and Swedish citizen living in Lulea, a city in northern Sweden, he is husband to Birgitta and father to 6-year-old son, Frost.

Linhart is now touring the United States (while assisting aging parents in Pennsylvania), debuting prints and gicleés of "The New Covenant of Jesus Christ," a piece that has been in the making for the past 20 years.

He will be in Taos this weekend at Elevation Coffee with a reception Saturday (Sept. 21) from 1-4:30 p.m. with an artist presentation at 3 p.m.; and again on Sunday (Sept. 22), from 10 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m, with a presentation at noon. Elevation Coffee is located at 1110 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in El Prado.

"I spent the last 20 years working on the 'Last Supper of Christ,' but it's totally different than Leonardo da Vinci's," Linhart said in a Sept. 9 phone interview. "The medium is colored pencil and it's absolutely magnificent - I can say that without bragging."

The whole point of the "new covenant" included in the title Linhart emphasizes is the fact that much has happened over the centuries to obscure the "new deal" proposed by Christ, when during the Last Supper He says, "One of you is going to betray me." Linhart depicts the shock and awe such a proposition creates upon each of the 11 disciples - the 12th disciple being the viewer.

The work he said is large format, 44 inches on the long side, a piece that he finally finished about a year ago. "So I'm taking it on tour, showing it around the world. I think it will bring people out from under the rocks, people who normally wouldn't go to an exhibit."

The drawing incorporates the disciples at the table with Christ, behind which is the city of Jerusalem, the moon in the sky and the Temple Mount. Linhart said he placed a skull beyond the city's walls to mark Golgotha, where Christ was crucified.

"This piece [involves] incredible intricacies in the art and researched accuracies of food, structures and disciples' characters," writes Janet Boccelli, artist and Elevation Coffee partner, who offered the spot as a venue for Linhart to unveil and share his journey of the making of his masterpiece. "I am just planting the seed in hopes that he can reach the members of various churches in this community that was once his home, and that he still has a strong affinity for. His artistic skill is breathtaking and inspirational."

Linhart said this artistic endeavor over the years has been partially to honor his father's lifetime work as an evangelical minister spreading the word of the Bible.

"The Last Supper is one of the most significant events depicted in the Bible, because it was on this occasion Jesus explains to His disciples the purpose and significance of His impending death and resurrection, which is the central event of the entire Bible," Linhart states in the 40-page artist booklet he includes with each print of the work.

In the booklet he identifies and explains the people, places and objects in the picture, giving biblical reference points to help people navigate through their own Bibles.

"My hope is that this drawing will play a functional role in the lives of the people it touches," Linhart said. "It is intended to serve as a personal devotional aid to believers in Christ, and as an evangelical tool to help Christians share their faith with the people around them."

For more information about Linhart's presentation, email thenewcovenantofjesuschrist@gmail. For details about his ice concerts and instruments, see icemusic.se. or contact Elevation Coffee at (575) 758-3068.

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