An artist in conversation with art history, and in love with the Source of all Beauty.

6.13.2014

Apocalypse Prize Entries

The winners of the Apocalypse Prize art contest have been announced. Congratulations, Joseph Moats!

Here is the complete gallery of entries:
http://www.apocalypseprize.com/photoGallery2.html

...and the highlights of everyone's work. I'm honored to be considered a Fellow of the Apocalypse Prize.
http://www.apocalypseprize.com/BestOfEverything.html

Here are the 3 paintings that I entered:

The Adoration of the 24 Elders (Acrylic and metal leaf on panel board, 24" x 24")

The Adoration of the 24 Elders (Detail)
The Harlot Riding the Beast (Acrylic on panel board, 12" x 12")

The Marriage of the Lamb (Acrylic and metal leaf on panel board, 12" x 12")

I already loved medieval illuminated manuscripts, especially in the Gothic style, so I jumped at the opportunity to really research them in-depth to learn how to create works of art in continuity with the conventions of traditional Western iconography. During my research I unexpectedly fell in love with some Romanesque era manuscripts and they started influencing my work. I was also surprised to find how much the depiction of Christ in Majesty from the Westminster Psalter has in common with Byzantine Icons of Our Lord, and how even the most stylized drapery seemed to correspond to real-life observations of how fabric folds would fall on a form.

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