Ron Richmond, 2005
In the 20th and 21st centuries, conceptual works have supplemented more traditional renderings of the Savior by focusing on ideas, rather than on objects or narrative representations. Often the figure of Christ is not even present in these works; signs and symbols replace the human form as in this painting by Ron Richmond. In this carefully rendered piece, Richmond (a Utah resident) conveys the all-encompassing yet simple nature of Christ’s Atonement. Using colors of red and white traditionally emblematic of sin and redemption, Richmond attempts a comprehensive depiction of the Savior’s Atonement, as represented in Moses 6:60: “For by the water ye keep the commandment; by the Spirit ye are justified, and by the blood ye are sanctified”.