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Book, The Gift of Human Life, out now.

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This book has been ten years in the making. It is inspired by Saint John Paul's 'Man and Woman He Created Them. A Theology of the Body'. It is also about the questions within the title of Gauguin's painting called 'Where Do We Come From?' 'What Are We?' 'Where Are We Going?'.  We still need to ask these questions in a materialistic and scientific world that seems trapped in space. Whilst reading Theology of the Body, I realised the paintings I had produced over the years were the ideal accompaniment to the anthropology within Saint John Paul's work, especially the aspects of mystical and poetic theology.  Crucial to this project was working with my good friend Heather Macdonald, whose encouragement and skills as a graphic designer resulted in helping to give the book its visual beauty. Purchase a copy of this book from Amazon now.

The Cosmic Madonna, 2022

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'The Cosmic Madonna' is a recent work in memory of Canon Reginald Fuller, a noted Biblical scholar who died in 2011 at the age of 102. I had become acquainted with him around 1989 when he mooted in the Catholic press the idea of a shrine to the 'Unborn Christ'. At that time, he was retired and assisting in Saint Mellitus parish at Tollington Park. Whilst there, he was attacked by a burglar and hit over the head with a brass crucifix. Thankfully he recovered in hospital.  Up until then, he had decided that one of my paintings, 'Mary Mother of God', would be ideal for the shrine but had been unsuccessful in finding a church to commission it. The late Jerry Nolan, a London Irish poet took up the search for a church to host the shrine and did get some serious interest from one church. Sadly, they backed off due to concerns about objections from women's rights activists. Jerry Nolan went on to publish a poetry book (Cat of the Inner Cities) which included a poem

Icons of Saints

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    St Michael     St Raphael Saint Theresa of Avila Saint Veronica Saint Catherine of Siena Saint Bernadette Saint Camillus Saint Clare Saint Issac Blue Madonna

Star of the Sea - Ave Stella Maris 2019

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Star of the Sea, Ave Stella Maris Star of the Sea, Our Lady is an ancient title for the Virgin Mary.  The words 'Star of the Sea" are also translated into Latin "Ave Stella Maris". A2 (16.5 x 23.4 inches) print including a white border on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm paper, comes embelished with gold leaf and hand signed. Price: £140.00  

Star of the Sea (Gaelic)

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Star of the Sea, Our Lady is an ancient title for the Virgin Mary. The words 'Star of the Sea" are also translated into Scottish Gaelic "Reul Alainn A' Chuain". A2 (16.5 x 23.4 inches) print including a white border on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm paper, comes embellished with gold leaf and hand signed.

Trueburn Stove (Uist Stove)

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Trueburn stove, South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. This stove was in use within the island crofts particularly during the 1950's. The artist lived in this croft house in Locheynort when he arrived in 1977 to teach art on South Uist. There was no electricity in Locheynort, so the painting was made under the light of the pleasant sounding Tilley lamp hanging from a beam. The stove is burning peat from the bog, which is in front of the house, and the oven was used for drying out wet shoes. The kettle was in constant use as was the old iron heating up on the stove. Giglée print on water colour paper. A2 size with white border. This A2 (16.5 x 23.4 inches) print including a white border on Hahnemühle German etching 310 gsm paper, comes hand signed. Truburn Stove is a favorite print, from small 4 x 6 inch prints to A2 size and even a large scale print for a kitchen wall. It is printed on a fabric called Scrol

Commissions

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  Scholar, 2018 The Table, 2018 The Gift, 2018 La Sagrada Familia, 2018 Róisin, 2018 'Sittin upon a Wall, upon a Sunday', 2018

Blue Madonna, Mary Mother of God

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How must Mary have felt when she encountered the Angel Gabriel and was asked to allow the Holy Spirit to overshadow her and thus conceive the Christ Child? Saint Augustine in his Sermons says about Mary: “When the angel had spoken, she, filled with faith and conceiving Christ first in her mind before she did so in her womb, replied: ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word’.” (Sermon 215) In another sermon on the Nativity, he makes the same contrast between Mary’s conceiving the Eternal Word in her mind through faith and conceiving him in her womb. It works better in Latin: Angelus nuntiat, Virgo audit, credit et concepit: Fides in mente, Christus in Ventre. (The Angel announces : the Virgin hears, believes and conceives: faith in her mind, Christ in her womb) Saint Augustine also makes the obvious link with us when he says: The mother carried him in her womb, but we do so in our heart – or mind, through faith, as she first did. Therefo

The Dream of Gerontius

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The Dream of Gerontius film [full video] The Dream of Gerontius film [chapter videos] The Dream of Gerontius was written by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman in 1865. It is a dramatic poem which portrays the death of an old man and what happens to his soul as he enters into eternity and the state of Purgatory. Newman discovered much about the teaching of Purgatory from the Fathers of the Catholic Church when he was writing his "Essay on development of Doctrine". The musician and composer Edward Elgar began work on the "Dream of Gerontius" in 1900.  The painting of the Dream of Gerontius was commissioned by the Pitt-Payne family from Alesbury in 2003, and is painted on wood with acrylic and gold leaf. The visual presentation of the painting is broken up into 8 parts which is just as much part of the symbolic language of the painting as the rich colour, the gold leaf for the Heavenly realm the unborn child in baptismal shawl surrounde

LentFest 2013 - Lightshow

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For 'Lentfest 2013' I produced a light show of a concert at the St Mary’s, Calton for there Journey to the Hebridean Heart Concert. In aid of the repair program of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Garrynamoine, South Uist; a church dedicated to the memory of the fallen at Passchendaele by the army chaplain, Canon John MacNeil, who was himself wounded at Passchendaele. St Mary's Griminish Church from Michael Felix Gilfedder on Vimeo . Hector the Hero from Michael Felix Gilfedder on Vimeo . St Bride's Sacred Heart from Michael Felix Gilfedder on Vimeo . St Bride's Blue Madonna from Michael Felix Gilfedder on Vimeo . Praise of Mary from Michael Felix Gilfedder on Vimeo . The Promise from Michael Felix Gilfedder on Vimeo . Blue Madonna II from Michael Felix Gilfedder on Vimeo . The Shepherd from Michael Felix Gilfedder on Vimeo . Priesthood from Michael Felix Gilfedder on Vimeo . Star of the Sea from Michael Felix Gilfed

LentFest 2012

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This year I was honoured to join 28 other artists to each produce a piece of work for one of the Stations of the Cross and Resurrection for the AGAP and the University of Glasgows Exhibition's for the 2012 LentFest.  The list of participating artists and their subjects is as follows: Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) 1. Jesus is condemned to death – Terry Ann Newman 2. Jesus is given his cross – David Adam 3. Jesus falls the first time – David Gibson 4. Jesus meets His Mother – Tommy Canning 5. Simon of Cyrene carries the cross – Richard de Marco 6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus – James Callaghan 7. Jesus falls the second time – Tom Cahill 8. Jesus meets the daughters of Jerusalem – John Byars 9. Jesus falls the third time – Susie Batey 10. Jesus is stripped of His garments – Christine Mailley 11. Jesus is nailed to the cross – Peter Howson 12. Jesus dies on the cross – Aleksander Zysko 13. Jesus’ body is removed from the cross (Deposition or Lam

Exhibition "Celtic For Kids" 1998

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A video of the 1998 Joint Exhibition "Celtic For Kids". The work of my pupils throughout the Southern Isles from Eriskay to Benbecula. The work by these primary pupils was based on Carmina Gadelica. A treasure of Scottish oral poetry.