"the main role of art is to bring us closer to god. anything less is distraction." hugh macleod. creator of the jerusalem series [“art of a spiritual nature, drawn on the backs of business cards"]. twitter & instagram: @hughcards. lead artist and co-founder @gapingvoid. scottish. american.
Since 1997 I’ve drawn thousands of “Hughcards” [cartoons drawn on the backs of business card], just to give me something to do while sitting at the bar. Eventually the work took me into a more spiritual direction; this became The Jerusalem Series.
The work weaves in between abstraction and non-abstraction simply because the thoughts we carry inside our heads do the same.
Looking back, for all the countless hours spent drawing over the years, it seems to me that the best thing to come out of it was the fact that a good many of those hours were spent bringing my mind to a meditative state, a Zen state, in the zone, a mindful state, closer to the Lord, call it what you will. For that, I am truly grateful.