About Old & New Project

Old & New Project provides a platform for contemporary graphic artists to exhibit works themed on Biblical stories and passages. It also aims to introduce a new online audience to Biblical art, attempting to replace popular, yet sometimes low-quality, contemporary Biblical artwork with the kind of accessible and honorable work that has historically been associated with the Bible.
The website will be a curated collection of single designs by a variety of international illustrators, artists and designers. The collections will be released in an indefinite series of rounds. The goal of these rounds will be to bring new light to well known Biblical passages as well as introducing less familiar (or comfortable) content.

In the Beginning…

Back in early 2010, Jim LePage began a project called Word

, where he created at least one design for every book of the Bible. During the project he connected with Troy Deshano, an illustrator from Michigan who had a similar interest in the Bible and design. An online bromance followed.

When the two met face to face for the first time at  the Cleveland-based grassroots design conference WMC Fest

, they quickly realized that they shared an idea for a collaborative design project based on the Bible. After a several months of emails, Old & New was born.

Find out more about Jim and Troy.

Every weekday in each round we post a new piece contributed by one of our hand-selected artists. We are so lucky to have so many amazing contributors!


Core Values

There are a few things that Old & New is very passionate about:

Focus on the Text

Let’s face it, the Bible can be very polarizing. Historically, it has been used to support different sides of a variety of divisive issues. This has left many people with very strong emotions tied to the book, both positive and negative. As much as possible, we want to push all that aside and simply focus on the text.

Accessibility

If you want to learn more about the Bible, there are a lot of complex theological books written for that reason. With Old & New, our goal is that both the art and writing are accessible to all types of people, regardless of how much they may or may not know about theology.

Inclusion

Old & New is not an attempt to convert folks or create religious propaganda. In order to take a new look at this old book, we want, in fact we need, artists from all types of faith perspectives. That may include different religious backgrounds, those who have had a really negative experience with the church, agnostics and atheists.

Honesty over Propriety

One of the biggest drawbacks of contemporary Biblical art is that much of it is very proper, which often comes at the expense of being honest. The Bible is filled with some weird, confusing and improper stuff. It takes honesty to create art around that. For honesty’s sake, the art and writing for Old & New may contain swearing, sexual references and all sorts of improprieties… just like the Bible itself.

No Fear

Maintaining the “honesty over propriety” value will require some fearlessness. After all, some of the designs might feel hurtful and/or offensive to some folks who see the Bible as a very meaningful and spiritual book. While we never want to be offensive for its own sake, we do think that there are some types of offense that are good, necessary and lead to a greater understanding and appreciation of the subject matter.

Reaching Out

We’re excited to partner with and help out charities that are doing some amazing work around the world. Once a design has been posted, prints will be available to purchase immediately through our Society6 shop.

All proceeds from the prints will go to charity.

Print Proceeds Benefit Charity