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Romans 12:9-13

By David Chang Romans 12:9–13   3 Sparks by 1 Patron

We are excited to present a work by calligraphy-influenced artist, David Chang, responding to Romans 12:9-13.

Ruling pen, Ink and Gouache
17 x 22 inches
Artist Curated by
Ebitenyefa Baralaye


Romans 12:9–13

9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; 11 not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

David Chang

David Chang

From the Artist

Based on the topic of friend and community, I found that Romans 12:9-13 really spoke to me; verse 13 in particular. For the creation of the piece, I took impressions from a community center where I was having a show. This served as my foundation. The calligraphy is derived from the textures that appear from the impression. I gradually build up the layers, weaving letter forms and paying attention to composition.


The art of David Chang is a sustained exploration into the significance and meaning of words and texts as embodied through physical gestures. Centuries-old eastern techniques in calligraphy find new form in the western alphabet as the artist shapes his own hermeneutics of the hand. The artist’s brushwork, vacillating between traditional scripts and contemporary abstraction, issues statements of personal, cultural, and spiritual awareness, while it also retains an autonomous formal beauty full of urgency and grace.


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