Heavenly Beings: Icons of the Christian Orthodox World introduces the tradition of the devotional art of the Christian Orthodox faith in an exhibition of icons drawn from across the world. To celebrate this exhibition, we have an exciting opportunity to learn more about the painting process.
Join us for a free live demonstration of icon painting by internationally renowned Aidan Hart. Spread over two hours, you will learn more about the history and function of Icons whilst seeing first-hand the different applications used in the art-making process. An opportunity for Q&A will also take place at the end of the demonstration.
Aidan Hart has been a professional icon painter and carver since 1984, with works in over twenty-five countries. Born in England, he was raised in Auckland and worked as a sculptor (by the name Christopher Hart), until returning to the UK in 1983. An ordained Reader of the Orthodox Church, he is author of three books, most recently Festal Icons: History and Meaning (2022) and Beauty Spirit Matter: Icons in the Modern World (2014). He is director and tutor of iconography at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Art, London, and Fellow of the Temenos Academy.
Anastasis Russia circa 1550
egg tempera and gesso on linen over wood 31.0 x 24.8 cm
private collection, Canberra
Alternative titles The Harrowing of Hell; The Resurrection Feast day Easter Day