Gordon Bell

Artist bio

Gordon has a broad interest in the arts and the Christian gospel. He is the founder of PAK7, a media ministry. He now works primarily in the medium of oil painting. He is a copyist at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and a member of the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1948, he earned an M. Div. at Gordon-Conwell Seminary with additional work at Harvard University Graduate School. He has studied oil painting at the Art League School in Alexandria as well as the Scottsdale Artists’ School with such masters as Rob Liberace, Christine Lashley, Danni Dawson and Rose Frantzen. He has exhibited his work at the Art League Gallery, the Gallery Without Walls and the Del Ray Artisans Gallery and his work is represented in various private collections in the US and internationally. In 2014, he painted Fidelis ad Mortum, a posthumous portrait of Esther John, one of the Ten Martyrs of the Modern Era. This portrait is featured on the Westminster Abbey website. and the original hangs in the Lahore College of Theology. He lives with his wife Pamela in the Town of Chevy Chase, where he has a studio.


Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) version 2



Artist Statement

Salvator Mundi depicts Jesus Christ as the Savior of the World. Inspired by the recently rediscovered piece by Leonardo Da Vinci and informed by more recent works such as Salvador Dali's Sacrament of the Last Supper, this painting offers a fresh take on the traditional theme. The cross bridges the divide between heaven and earth. Having conquered Satan and overcome the world, the risen and victorious Jesus Christ sovereignly raises his right hand to bless as he holds the orb in his left hand.

*This next portion was additional information from the entrant he sent in by email (Ranika):

I have entered a painting, Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World), in the EngageArt contest. I would like to offer additional optional submission material about how the paining relates directly to Ephesians 6:10-20. I tried to add this to through editing my application but could not do so.

The painting is designed without a frame to allow writing on the edge. The writing shows the accomplishments of Christ on the Cross:

GR: Glory Revealed The infinite moral perfection
of God’s character is unveiled here: his holiness, love, justice, grace, mercy, wisdom, goodness,
integrity, etc. are on full display in the cross of Christ.

HV: Honor Vindicated Because God’s honor is inviolable, the just penalty must be paid for
every offense against him to permit the principled forgiveness that upholds his honor. Jesus
Christ, the Son of God alone could pay the price for the sins of the world. Because man sinned,
a representative man had to pay. But because of the immensity of sin no mere man could
possibly pay. For this reason, the Word who was with God and who was God became flesh to
become the Lamb of God who alone could take away our sin.

EC: Evil Conquered When Christ died on the cross, Satan was defeated, demoralized and
doomed. The accuser was forever silenced.

SS: Sinners Saved By paying the just penalty for the sins of the world, the Savior
accomplished our redemption for us saving us from our sins.

The third set of letters, EC refers to Christ’s eternal conquest of evil. This is why the child of God is commanded to “take your stand,” not to directly fight the powers of darkness. Christ has eternally conquered the devil, the world and the flesh so we do not have to try to defeat them. They stand eternally defeated, and that victory will be revealed once the gospel is proclaimed to all nations and Christ returns to consummate his victory.

Our part is to take our stand against the devil’s schemes, by faith standing in Christ’s finished work and eternal victory by faith in Him.

If you can include this information with my submission, I would appreciate it.

How it fits into contest

Salvator Mundi sets Paul's instructions for spiritual warfare in the larger context of Christ's finished redemptive work and conquest of evil. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus Christ has conquered Satan and eternally saved the believer. Therefore the Christian contends with the powers of darkness not in order to defeat them. Christ has already done that. The believer puts on his armor not in order to try to defeat the Devil, but rather to stand in the eternal victory already accomplished by the Savior.


Many thanks to artist and Art League teacher Danni Dawson who gave invaluable technical advice during the painting, to Waqas Abbas who posed as the Christ figure and to photographer John Whitman who shot the reference photos.

How to Purchase this Artwork

original oil painting
oil on linen, 70" x 42"

Other Goods & Services Available from this Artist

original giclee prints of this work available at an affordable price, as well as other paintings and prints

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