Back to the Drawing Board

This post was submitted by Josh Tiessen, Curator of Bethany’s B Gallery.

This is the last weekend to see Andrew Klassen’s exhibit, “Back to the Drawing Board.” (Dec 16-Mar 2)

Take a few minutes to visit the exhibit this weekend.

“The title of this exhibit was meant deliberately as a double entendre. I have been painting now for about 10 years. My first love was illustration. So I returned to my former style for this exhibit. As an artist, I have the tendency to take the techniques I’ve learned and discover how to use them through more of a trial and error method. I would mess up frequently, or arrive at a place where I was no longer sure what I was trying to accomplish artistically and would have to start over or rethink what the piece should look like when finished.

In the last six years, this is as much a reflection of my faith journey as it is my art. I have always known about God, having been born and raised attending church. Recently I realized that regardless of how much I had read, my heart didn’t understand God’s true nature, and without that I couldn’t truly love him. God is present and in every situation. He wants me to know him as he knows me. His presence in us and with us, is the only thing that truly changes us for the better.
Here’s the catch: we have to want to know him. We have to ask.”


Size: 17 1/4″ x 30″

Medium: paint and marker on panel

“Break me down till I soar on grace. Lead me on through the fire and rain” Heartbeats, Zion (2012) Hillsong United




Size: 12” x 9”

Medium:paint and marker on canvas

“Kyrios” is the Greek word for “lord.” It was often used in classical Greek culture to denote the head of a household. Yet Isaiah expresses a similar familial and intimate sentiment about God. “For your Maker is your husband – the Lord Almighty is his name – the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer” Isaiah 54:5




Size: 14” x 7”

Medium: marker on canvas

I’ve always loved the music of U2. I remember that the band had recently put out the album “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” around the time when I drew this. I love how the frontman, Bono, declares openly in the song how God can give meaning, purpose and transform a life in ways nothing else can. The song carries a note of intimacy as if to suggest that he is asking and even expecting God to personally interact with him and teach him.


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