Jeremy Twiss - Part 1 - Tabernacle PubBuffalo, New York

~Twiss Tabernacle

A slideshow containing images by photographer Fred Scruton.

Northeast Region


Jeremy Twiss (b. 1987)

The Tabernacle At Sweetness_7 Cafe

Art Type or Medium: Architectural; Environment/Installation; Painting

Status: active

Viewable: yes

Secular or Religious: Secular with Religious aspects

In 2017, Jeremy Twiss, then employed as a cook at the adjacent Sweetness_7 Cafe, had no previous painting experience or art training, but Prish Moran, the owner, was impressed by some recent figure drawings, and she encouraged him to take on what turned-out to be the year-long project of single-handedly painting the interior of the attached former religious building called The Tabernacle. 

©Jeremy Twiss, drawing ca 2017
©Jeremy Twiss, drawing ca 2017
©Jeremy Twiss, drawing ca 2017
©Jeremy Twiss, drawing ca 2017

The religious legacy of the space suggested a Sistine ceiling reference, and Prish had requested the black & white checkerboard columns, but as Jeremy gained confidence in his ability to paint, a much broader all-encompassing narrative program began to emerge.  Twiss merges vast expanses of time with philosophical traditions from many cultures, mixing iconography from sources such as contemporary graffiti, the Renaissance, prehistoric cave painting, and ancient Egyptian fresco with numerous others.  In part a visual rendering of Jeremy’s personal spiritual journey, the Tabernacle is a monument to the essential role art plays in coming to a better understanding of the world around us.  A profile of Jeremy’s work and symbolism is under way – please check back soon!

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