FLOWERS GALLERY, 21 CORK STREET, W1S 3LZ
|The Last Supper (c) Tom Phillips, courtesy Flowers Gallery|
It's a subject which has been painted many times and with great authority.
Tom Phillips' jewel-like work - oil and collage on board - measures a mere 9 x 14 cm. The bottom half of the picture is restless, noisy and challenging. But above are still and silent slabs of colour of great beauty, For some reason I recall Piero della Francesca's The Baptism of Jesus painted in the 1450s. In that painting too the action is concentrated below where several conversations seem to be going on at once. (For a definitve comment about this painting turn to Tom Lubbock's words in The Independent's Great Works link below). It depicts the moment when Jesus commits himself in public to his earthly ministry, the ministry which will one day lead to The Last Supper - and public execution.