Designs for a choros
For the past few months I have been a consultant for a cathedral’s restoration. As part of this work I designed a choros chandelier. Thanks to computer technology and the skill of a colleague, Tim Royall, you can see computer generated images of how the choros will look.
New pictures of the Houston mosaics in progress
In 2014 Aidan Hart Icons received an exciting commission for St George’s Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas. The parish asked for two mosaics, one depicting the Crucifixion and the other The Descent into Hell. Each mosaic is to measure around 5 x 3.5 metres (16.5 x 11.5 feet) and will be installed in their renovated and expanded church.
Work began on the mosaics at the beginning of 2015 and is progressing well. We've recently uploaded some new photographs of the work in progress and a brief explanation of our mosaic technique. We’ll continue to add photographs as the works progress…
A long awaited collection of essays on contemporary issues as seen through the theology of the icon, covering subjects such as ecology, the role of the material world in the spiritual life, beauty, the revival of liturgical art, the nature of the human person, and abstract art. 240mm x 170mm 256pp + 32pp colour plates. ISBN 9780852447826. RRP £14.99. Gracewing Publishers.
"Aidan Hart, one of the greatest living icon-painters, reflects in this book of essays on the place of the Icon in the Christian mystery. Drawing on wide and diverse reading... Aidan helps us to see how the icon reveals a vision in which matter is transfigured, the meaning of mystery reaches throughout the whole cosmos, and human kind, in the image of God, is restored to its role as microcosm and mediator, through God’s embracing matter itself in the Incarnation. This is a profound and arresting book, full of insights and surprises."
Revd. Prof. Andrew Louth FBA, Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham University UK.
"Aidan Hart’s booked is rich and refreshing. It has a striking spiritual depth, deriving from profound knowledge of the Orthodox theological tradition and the wisdom of a creative artist whose art is rooted in prayer. It also has breadth since he is open to the insights of other Churches and artists from all faiths and none."
Father Timothy Radcliffe OP, author and from 1992 to 2001 Master of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans).
Bedford Park screen
Work on a wrought iron screen for St Michaels and All Angels parish in London, is progressing well. The work, which was designed by Aidan Hart Icons, is being hand wrought by master blacksmith Frazer Picot. Aidan has just finished painting the 1.6 metre high icon of the Archangel Gabriel which will sit in the screen's centre.
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SEPTEMBER 2014 ICON PAINTING WORKSHOP
2014 September 8-12
at Walcot Hall, Lydbury North, Shropshire, SY7 8AZ
A LIMITED NUMBER OF PLACES HAVE JUST BECOME AVAILABLE on Aidan's icon painting workshop to be held this year on September 8-12 at beautiful Walcot Hall in Lydbury North, Shropshire (http://www.walcothall.co.uk/).
During this course we shall paint either a bust (waist up) or a whole face, and therefore will concentrate on the flesh parts: faces and hands. The workshop will include a talk with slides.
We all do the same icon, with Aidan guiding us through the different stages of building up colours in egg tempera on a previously prepared gessoed panel.
Participants bring their own pigments, panel and equipment. About three months before the course, students will be sent a list of materials which they will need to bring with them, along with instructions on how to make the gessoed panel. If desired, students can instead purchase a prepared panel. They will also be sent a print of the icon that we shall be working on and will be expected to do a drawing of this before the workshop begins, so that we have maximum time for learning painting skills during the course itself.
The course consists of around seven hours tuition per day (9.00 am - 5.00 pm, except Monday when 10.30 am–5.00 pm, and Friday when 9.00 am -1.00 pm). There are places for twelve participants.
The nearest international airports are Birmingham International and Manchester. The nearest train station is Craven Arms, six miles from Walcot Hall. From there the best thing is a taxi (this needs to be booked in advance: Arms Cabs - 01588 672010. Craven Arms Taxis - 01588 673333 or 01588 638350). If you prefer to go to Shrewsbury, then Number 553 is the regular bus service between Shrewsbury and Bishop's Castle, run by Minsterley coaches. Up to date details of all public transport in the area can be gained by ringing Shropshire LINK at 0345 678 9068.
The cost for the teaching is £330, with a non-refundable £30 deposit payable when booking (this will be refunded if there are no places available). This includes a substantial cooked lunch and morning and afternoon teas with biscuits and cakes. The non-refundable balance of £300 is due three months before the course begins; an invoice will be mailed about two weeks before that due date. For accommodation, see below.
The course offers self-catering accommodation at Walcot Hall to those who wish it. Participants are given their own bedroom in one of the Walcot apartments. Each apartment has two to three bedrooms and its own kitchen and bathroom or two. Accommodation is booked through the course and not directly with Walcot Hall.
The cost is £180 per person. This includes the bed linen and towels, and the food supplies for you to make your own breakfast. Participants will need to arrange their own evening meals. Bishops Castle is 3 miles (5 km) away and has numerous shops, takeaways and eating places.
A non-refundable £20 deposit is required at registration (but will be refunded if no places are available).
The course accommodation is available from 9.30 am Monday until 1.00 pm Friday. Unfortunately the rooms are not usually available for the Sunday night before the course, and never for the Friday night after, but you can ring the office to enquire if you wish (01588 680570). If you need accommodation for these nights, you can usually get rooms at the following local places:
• Brumslow Farm Ph.01588 680244
• Walcot Farm Ph. 01588 680243
If you wish to come, please fill in and return the registration form below (either by post or by email), along with the appropriate deposit (£30 for tuition only, or £50 for tuition plus accommodation). Please note that my wife administers the course, which means that payments will need to be made in her name.
Payment may be made:
• By cheque (payable to “Sarah Hart”), sent to: Aidan Hart, 4 Station Road, Pontesbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 0QY, U.K.
• By bank transfer: For account details please contact Aidan at <firstname.lastname@example.org> • By PayPal, to account: email@example.com
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- Born in England
- Grew up in New Zealand
- BA from the University of Auckland, NZ
- Dip. Ed.
- Worked as a professional sculptor in Auckland
- Sculpting Tutor at The Auckland Society of Artists
- On becoming a member of the Orthodox Church he returned to the U.K. and began full-time as an icon carver and painter
- Visits Russia to study icons
- Lives in Thessalonika, Greece to study modern Greek at the University of Aristotle and study Byzantine icons
- Lives at Iviron Monastery, Mt Athos Greece with main work as monastery iconographer
- Became visiting tutor at The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, London
- Began lecturing as a visiting tutor at the Cambridge University International Summer Schools
- Founded and teaches The Diploma in Icon and Wall Painting in Shropshire, run by The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts
EXHIBITIONS: GROUP AND ONE MAN
- Outreach, Auckland, NZ
- Vision Gallery, Auckland, NZ
- Denis Cohen Gallery, Auckland, NZ
- Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney, Australia
- Oriel 31, Newtown, Wales | Victoria Art Gallery, Bath | Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
- The Pumphouse, Auckland; works on vellum
- Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury | The Pieridis Gallery, Athens
- Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury | Art in Essence, Mandeville Place, London
- Long and Ryle, London | Minneapolis Museum for The St John's Bible, volumes I-III
- The Victoria and Albert Museum, volume IV of The Saint John's Bible | Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, USA, for St John's Bible volumes I-III | Tyler Museum of Art. Texas, St John's Bible | Museum of Biblical Image and Art, New York, St John's Bible | Library of Congress, Washington, DC, St John's Bible | "Sacred Iconography: A Living Tradition", at The Prince's Foundation, London.
- "Epiphany: Contemporary iconographers" at Wallspace Gallery, London.
The Gospel Through Beauty
A talk given at the conference 'Eastern Christian Thought and Practice for 21st Century Europe' organised by the the Theotokos Institute for Catholic Studies. The subject of the talk was liturgical beauty, especially the beauty of the icon, and the role it can play in drawing people closer to Christ, both in worship and in mission.