Iconographers translate revealed scripture and divine truths into visual images, writing--not painting the icon with consecrated brushes, paints, and materials. Ideally, they should be pious individuals trained by holy fathers. Monks and nuns, therefore, have traditionally been the primary source of icons. Most iconographers utside of monasteries today have commercialized the sacred art of iconography.
Iconographers should pray, fast, and avoid worldly excitement during their work. Individual interpretation should be kept to a minimum as their task is to pass on tradition by replicating previous icons within prescribed limits. Works should remain anonymous, but if signed, be inscribed with the words, "By the hand of [name]."
Archpriest Andrew Tregubov
A notable Russian-American iconographer and author, and lecturer, Fr. Andrew Tregubov has been writing icons for twenty-five years.
Fr. Anthony Salzman
Fr. Anthony is currently pastoring a small community, St. Philothea, in Athens, Georgia, where he is continuing to paint icons for churches and individuals including Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Augusta, Georgia. He is also teaching Byzantine icon-writing at the University of Georgia through the Continuing Education department. Fr. Salzman has a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and studied Byzantine Iconography and Byzantine Art History for six years in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Fr. Salzman is available for slide lectures and demonstrations on the history, theology, and art of Byzantine iconography. Email him for more information; his email address is on his site.
His website is Image and Likeness Iconography.
Bridget Julia Hayes
Bridget Julia Hayes is an iconographer living in Tshwane, South Africa.
Matthew Kalamidas: Byzantine Studio
While his schooling concentrated on the fine arts, he never received formal instruction in Byzantine iconography, and is essentially self-taught. Close observation of many historically important Byzantine icons, which he had the opportunity to view while travelling in Greece and throughout the Holy Lands, helped him in learning to use and develop the traditional techniques used to create these unique paintings. The icons are handcrafted with great care using 22kt. German gold leaf and the highest quality acrylic pigments. Icons are created on panels with a raised border and murals are painted on canvas which can then be adhered to the wall surface. Along with samples of traditional iconography in the gallery, you can also view samples of glass and marble etchings.
In his artwork, Matthew employs many different painting techniques, producing completed artworks in various genres ranging from Byzantine icons, to traditional oil paintings. He is currently an accomplished professional graphic artist, working as Art Director at a major publishing house in the United States.
His website is www.byzantinestudio.com.
Icons For Sale
- Byzantine Studio: Hand-crafted byzantine icons, murals, marble and glass etchings and other Byzantine art poducts
- Hand painted icons by Tom Tsagalakis
- Heavenly Visions Byzantine Icons
- Icons Handpainted by Vladimir Baranov
- Image and Likeness Iconography by Fr. Anthony Salzman
- The Silver Icon Catalogue
- St. Isaac of Syria Skete - Orthodox Byzantine Icons
- Fr. Luke (Rolland) Dingman - An icon writer