NAOS - icon painting studio

15 years of work experience

Fine art expert
iconographer

Yuriy  Hrechyn

Yuriy Hrechyn

The main focus of my activity is monumental and easel icon painting. In my work I try to combine the principles of Byzantine iconography with modern visual means. The temples, over which I have been working, are located both in Ukraine and abroad (Republic of Macedonia).

During the previous period of work in the sacred sphere, I conducted the following works:

  • Create over 100 easel icons;
  • About 200 m² of wall paintings;
  • Development of projects of stained glass windows and polychrome of churches.

The main area of my work is monumental and easel sacredan my artworks I try to combine the principles of Byzantine iconography with contemporary cultural

Education:

2001-2007 Lviv National Academy of Arts, Department of Sacred Art.
2007-2012 the Department of Post-graduate Studies of Lviv National Academy of Arts.

Subject of the graduation thesis: “Iconography of the Old Testament Trinity in Ukrainian art of XI-XVIII centuries”. Parallel work as a lecturer at the Department of Sacred Art.

ABOUT US

Artmanager,
iconographer

Oleksandr Ivolha

Oleksandr Ivolha

Any task is unique for me. That is why I put all my skills and artistic experience in each work.

My icon painting experience began in 2004 when I painted several icons for Ochakiv Patronage of the Mother of God Church. Later on I was invited to carry out church interior decoration.

During the next 13 years I accomplished the following artworks:

  • 29 icons – icon painting;
  • 120 square metres of wall painting;
  • 77 original paintings - easel painting;
  • 16 icon cases – wood carving and gliding.

My artworks have been presented in Ukraine, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Greece and France. I had solo exhibitions opened in Ukraine, Rome and Canada. However, icon painting and Christian art bring me special joy. I feel ready to work in this sphere full time.

Education:

2000-2003 Art Vocational School #14 woodcarver and bark
2003-2009 Lviv National Academy of Arts, monumental and decorative painting, master.

OUR DIPLOMAS AND REWARDS

NAOS

is a space where the faithful
gather - our earthly world.

THIS IS WHAT UNITES US

History

For approximately 15 years each of us has been working separately. We’ve known each other for a long time and decided to unite our knowledge and efforts to make handmade icons preserving all technical and content canons. This way NAOS iconographic workshop appeared in 2016. Our unity and self-discipline imbued us with enthusiasm. We became certain that this association is the right choice since our workshop got a lot of positive feedback from clergymen and pilgrims.

Goals

Main goal of our activity lies in popularization of handmade icons and formation of harmonious church interior to send up prayers. Such crafts as icon painting, painting, woodcarving, gilding and study of Ukrainian sacral art enable our workshop to choose the best means to convey religious idea of Christianity for every single church and person we work with.

Education

Workshop participants are graduates of field-specific departments of the Lviv National Academy of Arts, possessing considerable creative work experience in the field of sacral art.

Involvement in Artistic Life

Apart from creating icons for specific objects, we participate in artistic life – exhibitions, planners, Christian-related creative projects.

OUR RESPONSIBILITIES

We carry out our work

  • in a technically correct manner;
  • meeting deadlines;
  • providing photo or video report of the work done

Our projects are located in the following countries:

GEOGRAPHY

Our portfolio contains both easel and monumental works done mostly for Ukrainian churches, as well as for the overseas customers.

WE CARRY OUT THE WHOLE ICON PRODUCTION CYCLE

The activity of our studio lies in decorating churches
and creating icons for secular interiors.

FOR CHURCHE

  • Icons for analog (tetrapods). Typically, they depict celebrations of the liturgical year and chosen saints.
  • Wall icon. Scenes of these types of icons are arbitrary: may represent individual composition at customer's option, or form a whole complex, revealing a particular theme, theological idea.
  • Icons for the iconostasis.

FOR HOME

For secular interiors (offices, classrooms, retreat rooms, private property) we can offer as separate icons so domestic iconostasis - complexes with multiple icons (usually 3-5), which were an essential element of traditional Christian.

SACRED TIMES

Our creative works on religious themes can be not only a decoration of a modern interior. They may fill soulful joy your room. Your friends also will be pleased by gift like this.

WALL PAINTINGS OF CHURCH

We have extensive experience in church wall painting. For this we use acrylic.


Therefore, we offer the following services:
  • drafting;
  • detailed calculation;
  • quality performance.

Ask about wall painting

WHAT STYLE DO WE IN?

BYZANTINE ICONOGRAPHY

Imagery and symbolism of work is the key issue in these types of icons that is achieved by specific artistic means. Flatness, graphicstyle, limited use of details and the language of symbols are widely used.

REALISTIC STYLE

Realistic painting tools make it possible to better portray the events of the Scriptures or the lives of saints. Icons are performed in a historical context which is rich in attributes, household items, and decorative products.

SACRED THEMES

Nowadays, unfortunately, secular paintings related to sacred content appear rarely. However, there always has been a need to preserve spiritual dimension of life. That is why we try to reflect the meaning of Christian faith and sacred history through modern artistic means.

We care about
every customer and
the quality of every icon

We have individual approach to every customer based on personal wishes and traditions of a particular community or area.

Our professional expert in the history of iconography

help develop canonically correct track icon if you want the original icon.

ICON PAINTING PROCESS

Here are the 6 stages of handmade icon production process.
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Design part
(if ordering original composition)


Lies in preparation of sketches, if necessary full-scale cardboard, that are coordinated with the customer at every stage.

Preparation of the base

Before applying base paint (gesso),the wooden board is glued. Afterwards, thin cloth is glued onto it (to prevent the formation of small cracks with time due to vibration of the basis). The cloths are covered with several coats of white gesso that is later polished.

Preparation of the background for
gilding


After transferring, the drawing, areas, which will be covered with gold, are engraved if necessary or processed with liquid gesso to create relief decoration. Then they are additionally polished and covered with varnish (usually shellac) that forms the insulation layer.

Gilding

We mainly use oil gilding technique that consists of applying a layer of gold leaf on mixtion or mordano layer (adhesive-based varnish).

Main phase of work

When using classical technique, paints are made of dry pigments based on egg emulsions. Before mixing, pigments laced with emulsion are rubbed up with pestle to form a homogeneous substance. It is very important to paint all the details.

Final phase

It is varnishing that guarantees the painting expressiveness and depth of colors, and protects it against damage. The reverse side of the icon is covered with a protective wax mixture or tinted varnishes.

Classical technique usually uses a lime board which has been pre-dried and seasoned for at least 10 years. Wooden inset made from hard wood (oak, ash) are embedded into the opposite side.

Modern techniques have similar process, except for gluing cloth since it is not always required on synthetic basis.

For gilding we use both gold ofUkrainian («Rarytet») and foreign («Noris») production. It is possible to use silver-leaf, platinum, and less often substitutes (thawed, aluminum) at customer’s request.
Traditional icon painting technique uses materials of natural origin: animal glue (fish, rabbit, andhideglue), chalk, mineral colors (dyes made according to historical recipes maybe used as well), egg yolk based emulsions, or natural varnish. If need be to reproduce authentic writing technique, we can use pigments produced in Germany that were made according to historical recipes.
From among modern materials acrylic paints, usually of Italian or Dutch production, are used.

TECHNOLOGY AND MATERIALS

Free catalogue from studio Naos

You can get an illustrated catalogue of our icons in gift.

Product has the best selection of sacred icons of our studio.
Icons that are on paper, give a better understanding and perception of the represented Person.

Year: 2016
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Number of pages: 40
Size: 210mm x 270mm
Please fill out the form and we will send you a PDF file of the catalog on e-mail. It is free.

However, there are fees for delivery a printing. Shipping Cost (US, Canada, UK, etc.) - 10 USD (printing)

Please fill out the form to receive the catalog



PRICING POLICY

SIZE

• 8 Х 6 in
• 12 Х 80 in
• 20 Х 14 in
• 30 Х 20 in

GILDING

• without gold
• only a nimbus
• entire surface
• engraving

ORIGINAL DESIGN
OR COPY

• original
• copy

PLOT AND
DETAILS

•one-figured icon
•multi-figured icon

PAINTS


• dry pigments
• acrylic paints

We perform icons in Ukraine, so our prices are not high.

When ordering 5 or more icons available 5% discount



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Delivery

Time and price

ANY PLACE OF THE WORLD TO YOUR DOOR

Delivery charges may vary from $50 to $100, depending on the order volume and urgency.

Delivery date will depend on the company the customer chooses. Companies provide services within 5-21 days. We use FedEx, Meest Express and UKRPOSHTA.

Payments are made through Payoneer or Swift Master Card .

Contact

mail@iconnaos.com

+3 8050 055 3328 - Україна
+1 613 700 8982 - Canada

Lviv, Ukraine

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