posted by Baker Galloway
The practice of icon painting in the tradition of the Orthodox Christian Church is experiencing a renaissance that began in the mid-20th century. It is widely agreed that the foremost torchbearer of this tradition working today is a Russian priest-monk named Zenon Theodor. Although famous worldwide, little information about him was available in English until recently when my friend and teacher of icon-painting Aidan Hart wrote an account of his Life and Work.
A few recent icon panels painted by Archimandrite Zenon, from St. Theodore Cathedral, Petersburg:
Icon painting is a particular interest of mine and at some point I hope to share more about its particular techniques, deep layers of meaning, its place in the Orthodox Church, and my experience learning this traditional art form. But for today I'll just let my teacher speak for himself about his hero.