Fine art expert
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:
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
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.
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:
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.
2000-2003 Art Vocational School #14 woodcarver and bark
2003-2009 Lviv National Academy of Arts, monumental and decorative painting, master.
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.
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.
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.
Apart from creating icons for specific objects, we participate in artistic life – exhibitions, planners, Christian-related creative projects.
We carry out our work
Our portfolio contains both easel and monumental works done mostly for Ukrainian churches, as well as for the overseas customers.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 have individual approach to every customer based on personal wishes and traditions of a particular community or area.
help develop canonically correct track icon if you want the original icon.
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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