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Playing Card Art: The King of Hearts by Ralph Sevelius

This artwork was created by an American artist, Ralph Sevelius. The King of Hearts was a piece done for Buckhead Church in Atlanta for Easter (2008). They were gathering artworks that displayed Jesus Christ in a creative way.  His starting point for the work was the phrase proposed by the church, “Christ built his ministry on selfless love and acceptance“.

Ralph incorporated several Christianity symbols into the overcoat of the King of Hearts.

Christian cross as a Christian symbol or “seal” came into use at least as early as the second century. It was regarded as a talisman against the powers of demons. Later the cross had become closely associated with Christ.

A symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs that resemble the profile of a fish is the ichthys or ichthus. It’s Greek “ΙΧΘΥΣ” which is an acronym for “Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ” (translates into English as “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour”). It was used by early Christians as a secret Christian symbol. Today it is also called the “sign of the fish” or the “Jesus fish”.

“XP” monogram is formed by superimposing the first two (capital) letters chi and rho of the Greek word “ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ” which means Christ. The Chi Rho is one of the earliest forms of christogram (a monogram or combination of letters that forms an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ).

© Ralph Sevelius  2008

Ezekiel 36:26
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

The King of Hearts – Jesus Christ

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Playing Card Art: The King of Hearts by Makow

A French artist, Makow, designed this King of Hearts as his first part of a little personal project, an illustrated card game showing the characters of the story he is writing.

© Makow 2009

The King of Hearts: Black and White

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Bēhance: King of Hearts by Colin Dyte

The King of Hearts designed by the Australian artist, Colin Dyte. Such noble intent gaze and the crown casually placed over his head as a baseball cap of some rapper. This is a funny combination 🙂

© 2013 Colin Dyte

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Bēhance: Playing Cards by Patrick Seymour

Playing cards designed by the Canadian artist Patrick Seymour. He used quite simple but effective approach.

© 2012 Patrick Seymour

The King of Hearts

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Bēhance: Playing Cards by Danielle Riley

Playing cards designed by the American artist Danielle Riley. © 2013 Danielle Riley

The King of Hearts

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Bēhance: Playing Cards by Jing Zhang

Playing cards designed by the British artist Jing Zhang. Such a “bright” interpretation of Arrco standard court cards 🙂 © 2011 Jing Zhang

The King of Hearts

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Playing Card Art: Playing Cards by Kristian Olson

Kristian Olson is an American illustrator, designer and fine artist living in Los Angeles, California. He has unusual and exuberant style based on years of experimentation with both digital and traditional media. These are several Olson’s artworks inspired by playing cards. Some of his artworks were included in Ultimate Deck by Stranger and Stranger.

© Kristian Olson

The Five of Diamonds (clickable)

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