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Aidan Hart is one of the world’s leading Iconographers today. He was asked by Prince Charles to start a Diploma Course in Iconography at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London. Aidan has recently published a definitive book on Icon painting Techniques and fresco painting. He has a new book “Beauty, Spirit, Matter” that has just been published in the UK.
Aidan ‘s studio is in Shropshire, UK, where he is currently working to complete a large Mosaic commission for a church in Texas.
Aidan was born in England in 1957 and grew up in New Zealand. There he worked as a full-time sculptor after completing a degree in English literature and a Diploma in Secondary Education teaching. At the age of twenty-five, after becoming a member of the Orthodox Church and returning to live in England, he began painting and carving icons, which he has been doing professionally ever since. His commissioned work has been primarily for panel icons, which are painted in the traditional way in egg tempera, but has also frescoed churches, illuminated on vellum and carved work in stone and wood for churches. He has over 700 commissioned works in private and church collections in over 15 countries of the world.
He has had numerous articles published on the subjects of iconography, ecology and Orthodox spirituality, has curated four icon exhibitions, and is the founder and tutor to the Diploma in Icon and Wall Painting run by The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London. He has spent a total of two years on Mount Athos, mainly at the Holy Monastery of Iviron.
Interview conducted by Christine Hales.