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Golgotha 2022 - Exhibition of Paintings by Stephen Tromans

18 February 2023


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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and Christ’s Passion
Exhibition of Paintings by Stephen Tromans
In the Lady Chapel
18 February - 17 March

On 24 February 2022 Russia invaded Ukraine, with missile strikes and a major ground offensive. This profoundly shocking action was to give rise over the ensuing months to untold human misery in loss of life, injury, rape and other war crimes, separation of families, mental and physical trauma and loss of homes and possessions. It was the cause of the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.

Almost immediately after the invasion began, Stephen Tromans began a series of paintings, setting the terrible events in Ukraine against the Easter story, which was unfolding at the same time. In these works, on display in the beautiful setting of the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral one year later, he seeks to draw out the meaning of Christ’s Passion, and what it has to say now in speaking of human suffering and human evil. In doing so he draws on the work of great artists of the past, such as Goya, Picasso, Rubens, and Rembrandt who have sought to depict both the horrors of war, and the suffering of Christ.

Stephen is a barrister and King’s Counsel who specialises in environmental and energy law. Before being a barrister he taught law at Cambridge University and was a partner at Simmons & Simmons, a leading London law firm. He is married to Caroline with three daughters and six grandchildren. In 2013 Stephen attended a beginners’ course at Norfolk Painting School, with Martin Kinnear, went on further courses there and ultimately in 2018 completed a Diploma in oil painting under Martin. Since then he has exhibited regularly, for example at The Gallery, Holt, in two exhibitions in 2022 (6 Degrees of Separation and Best of British 2.0), and at Cambridge Drawing Society of which he is a member. As well as traditional oil painting, his work has developed into mixed media and collage, some examples of which form part of this exhibition.