Artist Peter Howson stunned the art world this week by saying that his previous work had been "overly frivolous and far too light-hearted."
Unveiling his latest work, featuring a Christ-like figure enduring agonising pain, he told The JT: "This is the last painting I do that is cheery and uplifting. From now on I intend to work exclusively in black pigment. My future work will look, to the untutored eye, just like a big block of black paint."
Mr Howson, in a no way obsessive manner, returned again to the question of his religious affiliation. According to a report in The Herald, he denies any wish to practise as a Roman Catholic, although it is thought that he definitely helps them out when they get busy.
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