Two paintings featuring an Aboriginal Jesus will add a touch of controversy to an Easter art exhibition in Darwin this week.

One, a dot-like painting by Ngukurr artist Alan Joshua, features a black and bearded man bearing the cross as a curious crowd looks on.

It was hot property at the exhibition’s opening and was the first to sell.

The second painting, by Rod Moss of Alice Springs, sees three Aboriginal people gathered around a fourth, a man wrapped in a shroud.

Skinny and pained, he lies dying among the lengthening Central Australian shadows.

Joshua included an apology in his artist’s statement in case anyone was offended.