CHANDIGARH: Jamie Cooper, a noted Australian painter, has created a unique painting of Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple), which is being talked about across the world.
It shows Sikh heroes of 20th century sitting inside the Central Sikh shrine. They include Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Bhai Sukhdev Singh Babbar and other Sikh militants and Bhai Randhir Singh who is shown singing kirtan. This painting is being appreciated and widely shared by the Sikhs across the world on social media.
Sharing this painting on his Facebook page, Cooper has shared a note which is given below:
“This has been one of the most rewarding paintings I have produced in 25 years of commissioned work. A magical scene at the @goldentemple featuring significant figures in @sikh history from throughout the last century. A private commission, this was a deeply personal artwork for a beautiful, loving family who are a shining example of their faith. I feel humbled to have been entrusted with this task. Each person featured has personal significance to this family as does the room they are situated in. As I painted this it dawned on me that the place was as important as the people in it. So I devoted as much time, if not more to the beautifully intricate architecture as it contained the energy of every person who has entered it with reverence and love. My self and my life partner @jennifermobiliacoaching travelled from Australia to the UK to unveil it last night at the family home to dozens of unsuspecting family members and close friends. 700 hours in the making and every minute worth it. #goldentemple #amristar #sikh #jamiecooperartist”
Jamie Cooper who has also been an Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League, is best known for his painting career, and became internationally known for his large-scale historical “dream scene” sporting portraits, featuring a team’s star players from throughout different eras, all depicted in their prime of their careers, interacting with each other in a single locker room or on one field.