Holy Icons originated in the very early centuries of Christianity, hundreds of years before the great schism that separated the Eastern Church from the Western Church. Today, new Christian icons are being painted by Orthodox, Catholics, and Protestants. Most importantly, they are being understood as windows into eternity for a young generation of Christians.
About New Christian Icons
Holy Icons originated in the very early centuries of Christianity, hundreds of years before the great schism that separated the Eastern Church from the Western Church. Today, new Christian icons are being painted by Orthodox, Catholics, and Protestants.
Christianity is an evangelistic religion, and Christ came to bring the message of salvation to the poor, the sick, and the dying, without discriminating as to their standing in a church, sacred imagery belongs to all people. It exists for the purpose of bringing all people into a closer relationship with Christ.
New Icons for Saint Patrick’s Church, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
A New Icon was commissioned for Saint Patrick’s Church, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Father Aidan and the St. Patrick Liturgy Committee created a beautiful booklet with each scene from his life in the Icon accompanied by the story so that people could understand more fully how Saint Patrick’s faith and love of God resulted in the Christianization of Ireland. It’s a beautiful book!
And now we have just delivered their beautiful, life sized Icon of the Blessed Mother. Here is a link to my blog article about it.
Because of the success of the Saint Patrick book created by the Liturgy Committee, there will be a second book, this one on the Blessed Mother Icon. These books help visitors to the Church to understand the meaning and significance of the stories contained in the Icons.
In my new book recently published on Amazon, “Eyes of Fire : How Icons Saved My Life As An Artist”, I share not only my story of how I became an Iconographer, but also share the history and development of God’s Presence in art from the first centuries to the present times.
For my students and those interested in how to create Icons using classical painting methods of using egg tempera paints, I have also included an Appendix filled with information and explanations of the steps to write an Icon.
You won’t want to miss this book if you love art and Icons! Makes a great Christmas Gift!
“Some of my Icons are classical Byzantine Icons, while others are more contemporary. The contemporary ones also use the principles of harmony and design from Byzantine Iconography, combined with contemporary art principles. Artists such as Henri Matisse, Vassily Kandinski, Marc Chagall were all strongly influenced by Byzantine Iconography. I am blessed and excited to be bringing the Byzantine Tradition to modern Christian Icons today.” Christine Hales
Christine Hales retains all of the copyrights to all of her artwork on this site, regardless of having sold the original image. You must contact Christine or her legal advisors in order to use an image for commercial purposes, whether or not you now own the original artwork. Thank you.
Christ is Risen!
This Icon was recently completed for a collector in Miami. It is painted using egg tempera and gold leaf gilding on an Icon board hand made by Miroslav in Serbia.
“Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father, to my God and your God.” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that He had said these things to her.” John 20:17
God’s love can sometimes be apprehended through an Icon more easily than a book, or sermon. Our culture is desperately in need of God’s love, and since images speak directly to our hearts, icons speak to many people. In addition to the joy we have in writing the Icon, we can share it with many, many people. Writing icons can be an act of service, giving of the talents we have been blessed with. Icons speak today using the images, symbols and spiritual foundations of Byzantine Russia.
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