Forget the seasonal socks and sweaters, the triennial exhibition of the British Association of Iconographers is taking place in a couple of weeks' time, giving everyone an opportunity to buy a more enduring Christmas gift! Please forward the poster to anyone you think may be interested. St Saviour's church in Lupus Street, a rather fine neo-gothic building, is also very well placed to combine with a visit to Tate Britain. Both amateur and professional members will be showing and selling work, and there is a programme of lectures by prominent iconographers to accompany the show. Dr Stephane Rene will talk on Coptic iconography in the 21st Century, Aidan Hart will deliver a lecture entitled "The Nature of Divine Beauty: a tough love", and Peter Murphy will talk about the icons of the Veneto-Cretan Tradition.
I prepared my own little offering during my artist residency in July. Knowing that I would have to post my icons, and that sending great hunks of wood and gesso across Europe would be expensive, I decided to make a virtue of necessity and treat it as an exercise in painting tiny. My smallest piece is a medallion icon of Christ the Good Shepherd which measures just 4 x 6 cm. The largest is a Nativity illumination on vellum, about 10 cm across. I also re-purposed an old fob watch case to frame a miniature of Archangel Michael, 6 x 6 cm. Which makes the face about a centimetre across - the light was better in July!
The view from my desk
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