Icons by the hand of Christine Jentz
Art , Photography , Descriptions ©CMJentz
Art , Photography , Descriptions ©CMJentz
Icon figures, festal scenes and other forms of presentation are typically shown in a recognizable, standard manner. Innovation is not the aim of Eastern style iconography, however there certainly are notable and creative cultural, denominational distinctions, as icons are part of a living tradition. You might find beautiful icons preserved in museums, but unlike secular art, this is not the setting for which they were created.
Traditional icons present the transformed and transfigured Christian image of man and woman as he or she is in heaven; the glorified and sanctified state (Jn. 3:2), (Wis. 3:5-7), (2 Cor. 4:17-18). Visually, icons have an "abstract" yet well defined appearance. Written on a smooth and even paint surface, lines and shapes are rendered precisely.
There are seemingly endless varieties of icon types or styles. I am available to complete almost any kind of panel icon or wall canvas (limited size). You can expect an icon from me to be of a prayerful and high artistic quality. An icon can be bust, half or full length. Embellishments and colors options are available.
Jesus Christ, KING of Kings, The Great High Priest. Description:
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus Christ the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16) Christ, the Infinite and Unapproachable God, was incarnate to make Himself approachable and knowable through the ardent love of His followers and believers. It is His weakness and self-emptying “kenosis” while still Almighty and His willingness to suffer for our sake that touches the heart and mind to turn to Him for help in our weakness.
This type of icon depicts Christ wearing the robes of a bishop; the crown (miter) and stole (omofor or omophorion) decorated with crosses. Christ, the Great High Priest of His Church on earth, is shown holding an open Gospel Book in His left hand and blessing with His right hand. The fingers of His hand form the Greek letters “IC XC”, the abbreviation for “Jesus Christ'. more here
The general foundation for the human icon, which is prohibited in the Old Testament but permitted in the new, is that the image of God was restored in the man of Christ, who in HIS humanity manifested the true human image. Besides Christ, the basis of all iconography, no other subject has been more depicted than Mary, the Theotokos (Greek for “Mother of God”, literally “God-Bearer”).
Icons of saints, angels, biblical scenes. The icon portrays a glorified, spirit-bearing saint not as he/she was on earth, but in his/her glorified heavenly aura which is symbolized by a halo.
Icon prices depend upon size, complexity, and mediums requested. Egg tempera technique is a method of mixing paint with an egg binding agent. I find it to be sumptuous and so I most often employ it, but not exclusively. Synthetic binders blended with pigments and other materials work splendidly for certain types of presentations. In this case, the paint medium comes premixed or is custom mixed by myself using a professional quality, acid-free, synthetic binder. Additionally, jewel-like, illuminated manuscripts of any traditional kind and using traditional methods, can be completed on authentic calfskin vellum, museum grade papers, Bristol or whatever the client requires.
Holy Family Icons, much requested:
I am and independent iconographer and not part of a mass production house. My icons are 100% handmade, using a rich and ancient method, with durable materials. They take time and skill to make and cannot be made overnight. Many icons take at least a couple of weeks, and can take months, depending on size and complexity. Think of what it costs you to live for that long. Iconographers too, have to live and pay their bills, like everyone else. When the iconographer makes a contract with you, they are committing themselves to put their life at your service for a certain amount of time. S/he will pray and paint, asking to be a channel of grace & beauty, for your life, for your church, for your parish or family.
Following the ancient art tradition, every icon is layered with a linen cloth, glued and hand sanded to a smooth finish. Photos: Making a clay based gesso board.