The World is Charged by Nigel Groom


The title of the painting is taken from Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poem

“God’s Grandeur”.

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THE WORLD IS CHARGED with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.


And for all this, nature is never spent;

There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;

And though the last lights off the black West went

Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs –

Because the Holy Ghost over the bent

World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89)


“Inspired by the previous themes I have been working on of the scientific discoveries  regarding the birth and death of stars, of dark matter, the cosmos and the Creation which were expressed in my painting of Hymn of the Universe (2015), this painting combines motifs drawn from both Christian and Islamic art. It is about celebration, joy, light out of darkness, hope and peace for human kind and all creation. I am most grateful to the Dean and Chapter for providing the opportunity for this work to be displayed in the Chapel of Prayer at Worcester Cathedral.”



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273 x 122 cms

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Acrylic, Acrylic Ink, Gold Leaf and Gold Foil 3 triptychs on deep canvas board

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