Contemporary Icons

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

This collection combines a contemporary approach to 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 throughout Scotland, 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 collection becomes both peaceful and dense with meaning.

The series was initially exhibited for the public opening of Nicola's 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, both in 2016. A selection of the paintings also went on show as a solo exhibition titled 'A Beacon In Darkness' at Alien Hole Gallery in Inverness in 2017. 

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


The Architect Spirit, 2016

Painted in oil on bronze fabric.

46 x 56 cm. Sold.

Queen Takes Bishop, 2016

Painted in oil on silver fabric.

36 x 46 cm. Sold.

Night Shift (The Nurse)

Painted in oil on gold fabric.

20 x 25 cm. Sold.

Moonlight, 2016

Painted in oil on gold cotton.

20 x 25 cm. Sold.

Psychic Night, 2016

Painted in oil on gold cotton.

20 x 25 cm. Available.

Penny Sunrise, 2016

Painted in oil on gold cotton.

20 x 25 cm. Available.

The Artist, 2015

Painted in oil on African fabric.

108 x 154 cm. Available.

Lithuanian Icon, 2015

Painted in oil on gold fabric.

108 x 154 cm. Available.

Blue Icon, 2015

Painted in oil on gold fabric.

70 x 90 cm. Sold.

Darling By Name, 2016

Painted in oil on gold cotton.

20 x 25 cm. Sold.


Garden Party (Ellie And The Baby), 2016

Painted in oil on map printed fabric.

41 x 41 cm. Sold.

Deuce (Tennis Coach), 2016

Painted in oil on purple woven fabric.

28 x 35 cm. Available.

 

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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