The subjects depicted in the Haywood Street Beatitudes fresco are based on the portraits featured in this gallery. For a year preceding the painting of the fresco, Christopher Holt set up a studio at the church and invited members of the local community and congregation to sit for a portrait. During this time Holt also heard the stories of many of his portrait sitters. Individual labels also include quotations from portrait subjects or retellings of their individual stories by Holt.
With a focus on members of the community who are often disenfranchised and rendered virtually invisible by the rest of society, Holt’s skillfully rendered portraits portray his subjects with compassion and dignity. He invited us to see each other as individuals with a common humanity.