AMAZING GRACE

Description:
(Acrylic on a self prepared canvas from ‘n old T-shirt, 150 mm X 105 mm (canvas size not framed size), 2008-March, by Jarret H. Clark)

Attribute to the peaceful unification of the Celts and culture.

The colours of most of the current Celtic original countries reflect in the painting without providing any one dominate.

The “Dove” symbolise a Scottish and Irish peaceful friendship of ages, as the painting was created during the Saint Patrick’s seasonal celebrations of March 2008.

Amazing Grace was also used as title to reflect its African origin and Celtic relationship through art, culture and ancient history.

Amazing Grace was written by John Newton, a former slave trader from Africa, who returned his slaves, sold his ship and returned to Scotland to write this hymn out of respect.

Yet South Africa seem to know an even older Celtic connection, one possibly 1000 BC.

The ancient Egyptians, Greek, Roman, Mediterranean and therefore Phoenician features are distinct.

They are Caucasian with brown eyes, dark haired and people with medium build.

But the Celts (The Barbarians other side the Alps) had the distinct features referred to Mr. Credo Mutwa (African Historian), in his book “Indaba My Children”, that the people was tall (giants), blond and red haired, blue and green eyed and their battle style also certainly matched those of the Celts.

It is also known that the Celts were mercenaries and even the Egyptians used them and it would not be strange to find them joining a desperate party to Africa, for they did not care about desperation and certain honourable death on the battle field.

There is even chances that the Philistine, “Goliath” may have been a Celt, not only by size but the challenge he made to the Israelite warriors and fearsome record was typical of a Celtic worrier.

These apparent African Celts and others, was called the Ma-iti by the black Africans and much revered.

They may not be the builders of the Zimbabwe ruins and could predate that era by many years, as the Celts was the Iron people of Europe (1200 BC) and mostly utilised earth work fortifications very much as the Africans “Kraal” with hut like houses.

I even recalled Field Marshal Jan C. Smuts of South Africa, mentioned a strange incidence when he was a boy of less than twelve herding animals on their farm in the Western Cape.

He mentioned that their Hottentot’s herdsman “Adam” made mention that there was another greater nation than the English, they were the Scots, and they were truly God’s chosen race.

I know Mr. Credo Mutwa made mention of the Hottentots had much fraternity with the Ma-iti (Celts) and this may possibly still relate to that history or just a personal opinion of Adam.

There is another work I came across, which argues that the Hottentot’s had an Egyptian and San (Bushmen) heritage from Ethiopia who came all the way down the African Great Lake region to eventually South Africa.

The original Hottentot’s language recorded in this work made not only mention of the San influence but of an Egyptian influence also.

The Hottentot originally was a group name for many similar people and today make part of the South African and Namibian coloured people.

Yet the Celtic culture seems to have made and definite impact in African, no matter all these strange stories and accounts. South Africa still today has many Celtic regiments and a very active Caledonian Society.

Even my Jacobite descendants of the 1820 British Settlers fled from English persecution of the “Clan” and Celtic cultural system after the battle of Culloden (1746).

The battle featured on my family held grounds that of what are known as the Chattan Confederation today, as Clark’s are part of the Macintosh and related families.

My art integrate not only the history of Celtic and Africa geometric art but aims to provide a peaceful coexistence for the future and the development of such diplomacy.

{Indaba My Children, was first published in 1964, by Blue Crane Books and republished in Great Britain 1998 by Payback Press, an imprint of Canongate Books Ltd (ISBN 0 86241 758 9}