sacred artist

Iconographer

 
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The craft of sacred art

Wood, gesso, pigment, bole, gold leaf. When combined by a skilled artist, these humble materials can produce something of extraordinary beauty appropriate for devotion. Pigment becomes paint, paint becomes image, image becomes icon, icon becomes sacrament. It’s my love and devotion to this timeless craft and process that compels me to produce sacred art, images and icons that proclaim the gospel in line and colour.

 

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Scripture, Saints and Councils speak

Thou shalt make also two cherubims of beaten gold, on the two sides of the oracle. Let one cherub be on the one side, and the other on the other. Let them cover both sides of the propitiatory, spreading their wings, and covering the oracle, and let them look one towards the other, their faces being turned towards the propitiatory wherewith the ark is to to be covered.
— Exodus 25: 18 - 20
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins; Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For in him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and in him.
— 1 Colossians: 14-16
I do not worship matter, I worship the God of matter, who became matter for my sake and deigned to inhabit matter, who worked out my salvation through matter. I will not cease from honoring that matter which works for my salvation. I venerate it, though not as God.
— St. john of damascus
[The holy Synod commands] that images of Christ, the Virgin Mother of God, and other saints are to be held and kept especially in churches, that due honour and reverence (debitum honorem et venerationem) are to be paid to them, not that any divinity or power is thought to be in them for the sake of which they may be worshipped, or that anything can be asked of them, or that any trust may be put in images, as was done by the heathen who put their trust in their idols [Psalm 134:15 sqq.], but because the honour shown to them is referred to the prototypes which they represent, so that by kissing, uncovering to, kneeling before images we adore Christ and honour the saints whose likeness they bear.
— Council of Trent,
None can sense more deeply than you artists, ingenious creators of beauty that you are, something of the pathos with which God at the dawn of creation looked upon the work of His hands. A glimmer of that feeling has shone so often in your eyes when—like the artists of every age—captivated by the hidden power of sounds and words, colours and shapes, you have admired the work of your inspiration, sensing in it some echo of the mystery of creation with which God, the sole creator of all things, has wished in some way to associate you.
— Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Artists


 

MY tradition

What is a tradition if it is not passed down? For an icon to be authentic it must be formed from natural materials and follow a strict process and form established centuries ago. It is this enduring tradition that I diligently follow while also making use of many legitimate imaging techniques from my years as a graphic artist. Ultimately the final result is an authentic icon made out of the exact same materials used by iconographers since the time of antiquity.

 

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About Me

DAVID GIANOTTI

For the last 27 years I have worked in the creative industries of graphic design and film & broadcast. Having matured in my craft I now "put my nets out into the deep" to engage in service to the Church by producing quality traditional sacred art. In those 27 years I have spent the last decade in formation studying the art of iconography and iconology.

The spiritual formation required of an iconographer cannot be found in a secular school of fine arts but must be nurtured through an ongoing faith formation. While I have no fine art degrees, I have sought the expertise and tuition of established and practicing iconographers in order to receive the tradition passed down.

Pivotal in influence has been Pope Saint John Paul II "Letter to Artists" published in 1999. Since its publication, this exhortation to artists has challenged me, moved me and even humbled me. Now in response to his letter I dedicate my lay apostolate to creating "new epiphanies of beauty", in honor of Pope Saint John Paul II, the Blessed Virgin Mary and ultimately for the glory of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. AMDG ET DGH.