BYU presents Jorge Coco’s new paintings of the Seven Roles of Christ Related to the Law

Brigham Young University has a new landmark to see.

The acclaimed miraculous painter Jorge Coco He unveiled his new original seven-panel paintings multi-colors Scenes from Jesus Christ’s Friday service in the hallway outside the moot courtroom at J.

The school’s dean, Gordon Smith, said the paintings depict the seven law-related roles of the redeemer cited in the law school’s mission statement. He said they are part of a modern and ongoing effort to use art to help build faith among his students.

From left to right, Gordon Smith, Ruth and Gary Sign, artist Jorge Coco, and BYU President Kevin Worthen by Coco paintings.

BYU Law School Dean Gordon Smith, left, stands with Ruth and Gary Sign, artist Jorge Coco and Brigham Young University President Kevin Worthen at the unveiling of Coco’s seven-panel painting of Jesus Christ’s Law-Related Roles at BYU J. School in Provo, Utah Friday, October 14, 2022.

Jared Sen, who commissioned the paintings by his wife Ruth, said the paintings also convey the unique mission of the law school to teach the laws of men through the light of Christ. Jared Sign is the Chief Business Officer and Legal Officer of The Match Group, which operates Match.com and Tinder.

Smith cited John Milton when describing the purpose of the paintings.

“When you see the seven paintings that show Jesus as a healer, Jesus as a mediator, Jesus as a counsellor, Jesus as a peacemaker, Jesus as a defender, Jesus as a lawgiver and Jesus as a judge,” he said at Friday’s unveiling, “Watch who each of us loves dearly, and I hope the paintings inspire you to love Him.” and imitate it be like him.

The dramatic story of the show began last year when Smith visited the Sines at their Dallas home, where they have a Coco painting of the Life of Christ. When Sines told Smith they knew Cocco, Smith told them that one of his students, Ruben Felix, had suggested that the law school commission Cocco to create new paintings of Christ for the law school.

Sines and Cocco are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which sponsors BYU.

Smith also told Sines that the law school has a new mission statement, approved in 2021, that includes the sentence, “We are committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ and honor his many roles, including healer, mediator, counsellor, peacemaker, advocate, legislator, and judge.”

Sines agreed to commission the paintings and donate them permanently to BYU. Jared Sine said he was motivated by his experience as a freshman law student at BYU in his first year. When he was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery that left him bedridden for two months, the professors and other students spent hours at his bedside, reading his casebooks and studying with him.

“The arms of Christ were reaching me through these students,” he said.

“These halls are sacred halls…because of the people who walk in these halls and because it is a place where the spirit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ flows freely,” Jared Sens said during Friday’s unveiling. “It’s not something that happens often in law buildings.”

Coco, 85, is an Argentine who has gained international fame by combining sacred imagery with the post-cubist style he calls holiness. Last Christmas, six of his paintings about the birth of Christ were shown on stamps Issued by the UK Postal Service, the royal mail.

“I use colors and shapes that convey a spiritual message, because color and shape can generate better effect than visual and can teach our souls, similar to what we find in music.”

He said he used violet in the new paintings to represent elevated spiritual elements and compared it to earthy browns and greens.

Coco said in Spanish, translated by his son Emile: “Painting Jesus Christ takes the highest degree of commitment and is the greatest burden for the artist.” “I could not have properly portrayed Jesus Christ if I had not had testimony of him.”

He said the paintings on the law came naturally because Christ’s work is universal.

He said, “The ministry of Christ is of a greater scope than we suppose.” “It includes all human capabilities, including law, art, and many other things.”

Smith, who is stepping down as Dean of Law at Brigham Young University, said the school aims to provide a transformative experience for its students.

“Ideally, we want them to leave with a strong sense of their faith, their testimony and their value,” he said. “If they can leave with the understanding that we are valued and loved by their savior, we believe they can pass that on to their clients and the other people they meet. If we generate the kind of lawyers that help people feel loved, appreciated and respected, I think we have something really special in BYU, and then our religious mission makes a lot of sense for law school.”

Coco thanked Sines for commissioning the paintings.

“We artists need support,” he said. “Thanks to the old patrons of the Renaissance, today we have some of the greatest pieces ever created. These artists would not have been able to create without the financial support of people in the upper echelons of society.”

Commission cost is not disclosed.

Sen said he wants the paintings to inspire law students now and in the future.

“I hope that as each one of you passes through this wall every day, you look at it and remember why you are here, that you remember who you are,” he said. “You are sons and daughters of God. You are disciples of Jesus Christ. As you advance your law school career, as you advance your legal career, remember who you are. Remember where you came from. Remember who you serve. This is your Savior, Jesus Christ.”

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