Laura James | Ethiopian Iconography
“Laura James is a self-taught painter living and working in New York City. She is a visual storyteller who explores biblical subjects, cultural issues and secular themes through her unique contemporary use of the traditional art of Ethiopian iconography. Her goal is to have her art in churches and public places where black people can actively see themselves included within the stories of the Bible.
“Laura creatively re-contextualizes the Christian message to include all of God’s people. This is masterfully done in her 34 paintings for the Book of the Gospel lectionary published in 2000 by LTP. Her biblical paintings visually remind us that, “red or yellow, black and white, they are ALL precious in His sight . . . Jesus loves all the children of the world.”