The Paintings in St Stephen’s were painted by Lance Stirling, a member of St Stephen’s Church for more than 30 years until his death in 2020. They are a lasting tribute to Lance’s artistic talent and an enduring testimony to his trust and faith in Jesus as his Savior.
We are delighted to have these paintings in our church and to be able to reflect on them as we gather together for worship.
“I am fortunate to be able to create paintings based on a subject to which I am completely committed and to know they will have a home where, hopefully they will be appreciated.” Lance Stirling
He gave up his spirit – John 19:30
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. The Gospel of John, Chapter 19, Verse 30
As I have loved you – John 13:34
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. The Gospel of John, Chapter 13, Verse 34
One in Christ – Galatians 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, Chapter 3, Verse 28
‘He Blessed Them’ – Luke 24:50
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 24, Verse 50
About Lance Stirling
Lance studied Graphic Design at RMIT/Painting at National Gallery of Victoria.
Winner of Australian Youth Art prize before ceasing painting in order to pursue a career in Graphic Design.
Art director of several Melbourne and Sydney Advertising Agencies.
Designer of three Australian stamps.
Included in International Who’s Who in Graphic Art – Zurich 1962
Lecturer in Graphic Design RMIT (Melb)
Senior Lecturer RCAE (NSW)
Inducted into Australian Graphic Design Association Hall of Fame 1998
Resumed painting in retirement and, despite a great interest in contemporary expression, chooses a realist approach to Christian subjects (for purposes of clear communication)
Member of Hawthorn Artists Society.