"The Calling" by Manuel Núñez
Limited Edition Serigraph with 23kt. gold leaf
Edition size: 85 s/n
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"The Calling was inspired by Second Timothy 1:9
Who hath saved us and called us, with an holy calling,
not according to our works, but according to his own
purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus
before the world began.
The Calling is showing us that real life is achieved only
through Grace, not by our own works or dicipline or religion.
Salvation comes from Jesus' work on the cross.
The woman in the painting symbolizes the church,
alive and animated, dancing in the celebration of the Grace.
Contrast her animation with the church's Old Testament
foundation, represented by the marble pillars."
Manuel Núñez was born in 1956 into a family versed in the arts and Latino culture. His father, Manuel Núñez, Sr., was a well known singer and song writer, who recorded nine Spanish language albums in the 1950’s.
Núñez is a painter, designer, and art director whose passion for art remains obvious. His experience as an illustrator and graphic designer within the fashion industry have resulted in the creation of a series of dynamic paintings. His skillful exectution is achieved through a variety of techniques and mediums including drawing upside down and the use of 24 karat gold leaf.
He is a graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and the Otis Parsons Institute in Los Angeles. He now produces artwork of unmatched skill depicting women postured with the Lord’s strength and costumed in classical attire. Each piece is inspired by a biblical verse and they give you a sense of spiritual peace. The depth in his artwork is also apparent from the frequent use of symbols such as: gold bars, halos and serpent skeletons.
“My images are of strong women. Beautiful, but not exploited… wrestling with the underlying conflict of what life is versus what it should be.”