Psalm 51: Create in Me a Pure Heart


Artist Statement

Inspired by the words of the psalmist, with an air of musical melody… I sought to combine personal imagery—reflecting on my own sinfulness but also asking to be able to hear joy and gladness once again (forgiveness of my sins)—with the application of colors and materials that contrast yet compliment. The image of the heart is in part connected with my recent physical health, but also the past health issues of my father… along with the typical and traditional ideas of the heart being associated with love and affection. Seemingly detached here visually, the heart is the focus of the request to be made pure once again.

John Bergmeier Psalm 51 Painting

John Bergmeier is an American artist who received his BA in Studio Arts from Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska, and his MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas. Bergmeier has been employed as a Commercial Designer and Design Manager in the decorative films industry since 1992, and has continued to create artwork throughout this time in his home studios. He has exhibited internationally and has also taught studio art and graphic design classes at various colleges. He is currently working on prints and mixed media pieces in the studio space shared with his wife Carla in Waxhaw, North Carolina.