Contemporary Icons

Painted on gold, silver, bronze and patterned, these paintings playfully explore the decorative beauty, ethereality and meaning of Christian art, through portraits of people living today.

This series combines a unique style of portrait painting with research into Christian art, as well as fashion photography, symbology and the repetitive patterns seen in Islamic art.

The paintings are inspired by the beautiful stained glass windows and mosaics found at churches around Dundee, as well as the interior of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and the many mountainside Orthodox churches on the Greek island of Aegina.

By combining these elements, the works are a collection that is both peaceful and dense with meaning.

The series was initially exhibited for the public opening of my MFA degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2015. The developed project was displayed as solo exhibitions at Hartlepool Art Gallery and Roseangle Gallery, Dundee in 2016. A selection of the paintings are currently on show as a solo exhibition titled 'A Beacon In Darkness' at Alien Hole Gallery in Inverness until 24th June 2017.  

You can purchase prints and greetings cards of selected paintings through Alien Hole Gallery and here.

Some of the original collection is for sale through New Blood Art.

This is an ongoing project and I am happy to accept commissions in this style. To make an enquiry, please message me here.


The Architect Spirit, 2016

Oil on bronze fabric

46 x 56 cm

Queen Takes Bishop, 2016

Oil on silver fabric

36 x 46 cm

Night Shift (The Nurse)

Oil on gold fabric

20 x 25 cm

 

Moonlight, 2016

Painted in oil on gold cotton

20 x 25 cm

Psychic Night, 2016

Painted in oil on gold cotton

20 x 25 cm

Penny Sunrise, 2016

Painted in oil on gold cotton

20 x 25 cm

 

The Artist, 2015

Painted in oil on African fabric.

108 x 154 cm

Lithuanian Icon, 2015

Painted in oil on gold fabric.

108 x 154 cm

Blue Icon, 2015

Painted in oil on gold fabric.

70 x 90 cm

Darling By Name, 2016

Painted in oil on gold cotton.

20 x 25 cm


Garden Party (Ellie And The Baby), 2016

Painted in oil on map printed fabric.

41 x 41 cm

Deuce (Tennis Coach), 2016

Painted in oil on purple woven fabric.

28 x 35 cm

 

Edinburgh Icon, 2016

Painted in oil on map printed fabric.

60 x 90 cm


Reading Rooms, 2015

Painted in oil on fabric.

70 x 90 cm


Printing Crystals, 2015

Painted in oil on fabric.

70 x 90 cm

 

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