The Descent of Kishkumen

by Morey Jr., David "Ben"

Dated 2023

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The Descent of Kishkumen

by Morey Jr., David "Ben"

Artist Information

Name: Morey Jr., David "Ben"

Location(s): United States

Gender: Male


Technique & Style

Figurative, Painting





Additional Info


Information Systems major, BYU. Artist statement: "This painting is designed as a warning. A warning about the emotional consequences of sin. The point of the Book of Mormon is to educate us in our day and prepare ourselves for the second coming. Aspirational figures and moments of miracles in our holy scripture adorn our church visual library, inspiring us to move forward and do good. Yet in other faiths and denominations, paintings and murals are designed to warn us. The downfall of the Nephites is well depicted within LDS artwork and this piece is designed to aid in that. This painting is designed as a warning. Kishkumen is an integral character within the Book of Mormon, the catalyst for the rise of the Gadianton Robbers and the eventual barbarism the Nephites would adopt, yet so little is spoken about him. I designed this Kishkumen to be an everyone and anyone. The act of killing Pahoran is not shown but implied by its consequences on the entire painting and foundation of the building. You are stuck within this horror. Everyone has felt this horror, despite not committing such a sin. This painting is designed as a warning. This painting was finished on August 1st, 2023 at 1:10pm EST Inspiration for this piece: - "Las Meninas", Diego Velázquez 1656 - "The Seven Works of Mercy", Caravaggio 1607 - "Ultimate Price", Karl Kopinski 2012 - "All-Star Superman", Frank Quietly 2005-2008"

Exhibition History:
  • Submitted to the 2023 BYU Book of Mormon Art Contest.