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Religious Art Today - Adrienne Chaplin

Not all religious art is made by believers

David Mach is an atheist but his latest exhibition is a celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible
by Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin
The question whether or not a non-believer can appreciate religious art without sharing in its maker's religious purpose seems to assume that all religious art is made by believers. This is a false assumption.
Anybody doubting whether a non-religious person can produce religious art should go and see David Mach's mammoth exhibition Precious Light currently on display at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh. Internationally acclaimed Turner prize nominee Mach is self-confessedly non-religious, and has worked for over three years on this exhibition, so far investing £1m of his own money in it.