Icon Paintings

[Updated April 12 2012]

What are Icon paintings?    

Image source en.wikipedia.org by Andrei Rublev (130s-1427)

Image source en.wikipedia.org by Andrei Rublev (130s-1427)

An icon (from Greek ????? eik?n “image”) is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, from Eastern Christianity and in certain Eastern Catholic churches. More broadly the term is used in a wide number of contexts for an image, picture, or representation; it is a sign or likeness that stands for an object by signifying or representing it either concretely or by analogy, as in semiotics; by extension, icon is also used, particularly in modern culture, in the general sense of symbol — i.e. a name, face, picture, edifice or even a person readily recognized as having some well-known significance or embodying certain qualities: one thing, an image or depiction, that represents something else of greater significance through literal or figurative meaning, usually associated with religious, cultural, political, or economic standing.    [from wikipdedia]

Here are some examples of Icons, both Western and Eastern.

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Your Project

Chose someone influential someone you respect- could be contemporary or historic.  IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A RELIGIOUS FIGURE!!!  This project is about having you use symbols to tell the story of the person you choose to paint.  We will talk more about this in class.

To familiarise yourself with how to paint an Icon please check out this Link from a wonderful website of the Atelier-st-andre.net

How to proceed:

  1. List of potential subjects
  2. Two pages of Icon’ish sketches
  3. Decide on who you are doing
  4. Write their story and chose symbolic images from the story to include   in your  painting.
  5. Two pages of sketches
  6. Full-size draft.-w/ colour
  7. Final painting.

Non-traditional icon paintings:

 

Although not a traditional halo or nimbus it works! What device could you use in your painting?

Image source Mexican Folk Art Our Lady of Virgin Guadalupe Painting PRINT Whimsical Flowers via Etsy

Image source Mexican Folk Art Our Lady of Virgin Guadalupe Painting PRINT Whimsical Flowers via Etsy

Even more simplification yet this image still participates in the Icon tradition.
And then there is this.


Image source buenosairesstreetart.com

Image source buenosairesstreetart.com

A saint for everyday life?
Does this work???

 

Image source ? I’m still looking

This is pretty interesting!!!
Image source https://www.mixcloud.com/LaidBackRadio/poldoore-the-upgrade/

Image source https://www.mixcloud.com/LaidBackRadio/poldoore-the-upgrade/

 


And here is a link to a contemporary icon painter named  Nicholas Harper

Artist N.C. Winters blends modern characters from ’80s movies, classic video games and other pop inspiration with with traditional symbols and 1970s psychedelica to create rich and surreal paintings that explore the line between classic and kitsch
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Resources:

Colour symbolism in different cultures
Symbolic Pictures from ancient times

 

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How to make a traditional Icon painting-
step by step, linked to Atelier-st-andre.net

The preparation of the board

Choosing the wood
The board
Calculating the size
The carved board
Framing strips
Bracing
Scoring
Preparation of the glue
Gluing the board
Mounting the linen on the board
The Levkas, Gesso
The first four layers of levkas
Sanding
Double layers of levkas
The finish layer
Fissures and cracks
Drawing

Engraving
Gilding
The technique of water gilding

Painting

Choosing and preparing pigments
Egg tempera preparation
Choosing brushes
Color preparation
Color table
Painting garments
Painting a face
Lining with a brush
The basic sanquir
The first highlights
The second highlights
The last highlights
The technique of gold assist

Finishing the icon

Background, halos and frames
Calligraphy
The edge of the icon
The final varnish

 

traditional Russian Icons

 

 

 

 

Non-traditional  Icons

 

 

 

Image source https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/218465034/modern-abstract-virgin-and-child-acrylic?ref=market

Image source https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/218465034/modern-abstract-virgin-and-child-acrylic?ref=market

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If ANYONE know who painted this painting please let me know.

image-source-www-wicked-halo-com-by-andrew-leipzig

image-source-www-wicked-halo-com-by-andrew-leipzig

Image source https://www.etsy.com/shop/christinamiller

Image source https://www.etsy.com/shop/christinamiller

Image source journeyifc.com

Image source journeyifc.com

image-source-www-openculture-com

image-source-www-openculture-com

image-source-www-habermonitor-com

image-source-www-habermonitor-com

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