The Planning of the Great Temple

Oil on Canvas, 56 x 42in, 2022

This massive oil painting by Ryan Flynn depicts a scene familiar to all Freemasons who reached the level of “Master Mason”. In it, King Solomon, Hiram, King of Tyre, and Hiram Abiff sit together in harmony and discuss the plans for the building of the Temple.  Commissioned for a Lodge’s anniversary, this painting was created with its sister “The Raising of Hiram” to hang in the east of their Lodge. Each color, pose and lighting source represents aspects of Masonic symbolism.

“I had this painting in my head for 3 years, I knew the symbolism I wanted to incorporate, I knew the lighting, the poses, and the way it all looked down to the colors, and thanks to a few brothers’ trust, I was given the opportunity to produce it.  -Ryan Flynn