The Icon of Divine Light

Cecil Collins (English, 1908-1989) has been described as the most important visionary artist since William Blake: a painter and a poet in the visionary tradition.

In this piece Collins was trying to create a universal symbol of God as the sun, to provide the viewer with a focus for ‘contemplation of the mystery of the Divine Light.’ The smaller stars surrounding the central form are intended to represent individuals, reflecting spiritual light. The piece caused some controversy when it was installed, with some alluding to its seemingly pagan influences.

You can find out more about Cecil Collins here.