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Greek icons exhibition comes to Derry Derry March 11, 2008

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Europe.
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Derry’s Gordon Gallery, Northern Ireland, will unveil an outstanding exhibition of contemporary icons by some of the leading iconographers and painters of Greece at their gallery on Pump Street tomorrow evening, March 12, at 7.30pm.

The exhibition, in collaboration with the Hellenic Foundation for Culture, will provide local art enthusiasts and novices alike with a rare opportunity to view and buy icons made in the Byzantine tradition. Gallery owner Richard Gordon said: “This is a very unique exhibition of Icons within the Byzantine tradition and the only exhibition of this size to ever come to Ireland.”

Mr. Gordon revealed that this extensive exhibition was the first of its kind in Ireland since Gordon Galleries hosted an exhibition of the work of Sr. Aloysius McVeigh, Sisters of Mercy, in 1993.

“Although I wouldn’t be religious,” Mr. Gordon continued, “There is something very special about icons. They have a certain power, something within them that seems to hold our attention. Perhaps it is their pure colours and the fact that every colour means something, everything in an icon is symbolic.

“The original icon, known as the ‘prototype’, could have been created hundreds of years ago and iconographers would then use that prototype as the basis of their piece. Icons are not a true representation of a person, but more so a stylised representation of an idea which doesn’t change with time,” he said.

The most striking of the works are those by artist Dimitris Kolioussis, and Mr. Gordon spoke of his work: “Dimitris is hugely collected in the US and elsewhere. He uses old wooden doors and reclaimed wood as the basis for his work. Dimitris has a great understanding of the timber and because he does use old reclaimed doors, some of which are hundreds of years old, you can often still see the various graffiti etched into the wood underneath the actual painting.”

Mr. Gordon enthused about another icon in the collection, adorned with intricate gold detailing. He revealed that the prototype of this particular Icon was once given to Pope John Paul and so now hangs in the Vatican. He also revealed that all the icons are decorated with 23 carat gold and painted with authentic egg-tempera, which has been used since cave drawings.

Derry’s Sr Aloysius McVeigh, founder member of the Iconographer’s Association of Ireland, was also amazed to see the exhibited collection and said: “I would certainly recommend that everyone come along to see this exhibition for an education in Iconography that you will never get in Derry again. This is a tremendously heroic venture for Richard Gordon to bring such works all the way from Greece.”

The exhibition will be officially opened this Wednesday at 7.30pm by Dr Victoria Solomonidis, Minister Counsellor for Cultural Affairs at the Greek Embassy.

Related Links > http://www.gordon-gallery.com

Source > Derry Today

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