Anneke Kaai



Private Prayer
(Matthew 6:6)

Acrylic and mixed-media on plexiglass

Statement: Jesus teaches us how to pray. “Do it honestly, not like hypocrites, who pray to be seen in public, in the synagogues or on the streets. But when you pray, go to a private place, and there talk to your Father who you cannot see. And he, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” The right place to pray is in private—it can be in a room in your home or in a peaceful spot in nature; it can also mean to retreat into yourself, or a combination of these. (The mystery of this communication is presented here. The ‘inner room’ has been shaped after one of the chambers of the human heart. Its door is closed. The movement created by the interplay of vertical lines and the pastel shapes in the background, expresses how we make real, living contact in prayer through speaking and listening to our Father in heaven.)


Bio: Dutch artist Anneke Kaai trained at the Gooise Academie for fine arts before joining the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Since then she has largely concentrated on developing her unique style, which she describes as ‘abstract and symbolic.’ Inspiration for her means being breathed into by the Holy Spirit. She painted the series: The Creation, The Apocalypse, The Ten Commandments, The Apostolic Creed, The Psalms, Bible Words, Relations with God, Biblical Women, and a series about Prayers. All these series are in print, also in the English language. The book of the Bible Words “In a Word” has a text special written by Eugene Petersen, the book “She shall be called Woman” about Biblical Women, has a special text written by Mary Mikhael, Beirut, Lebanon.



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