Contemporary manuscript illumination Works on paper and vellum
I am among a tiny number of contemporary artists creating original work with the authentic materials and exacting technqiues of medieval manuscript illumination: raised gilding, glair, mineral pigments and calfskin vellum. My modern miniatures pay homage to a thousand years of masterpieces, and celebrate the natural world with delicacy and humour. Here you have a unique opportunity to buy or commission a small jewel, a meaningful commemoration of a wedding, birthday, anniversary or special occasion.
Night in the Garden: illuminated miniatures on vellum The decorative setting of these pieces is homage to the great French miniaturist Jean Pucelle, inventor of the drollery. The apparently charming creatures are a reminder of the unseen nocturnal life of our tame back gardens - watchers, hunters and prey. Mount aperture 9 x 9 cm in 26/28 cm walnut frame, €255 / £230 each.
Angel standing in the Sun (Revelation of St John) Contemporary manuscript illumination with gold leaf on 245gsm vellum paper, framed. Painting area 10 x 20 cm.
Illuminated prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian In the style of my art hero T'oros Roslin, 13th century Armenian monk and illuminator. A desert hermit of the 4th century, St Ephraim (or Ephrem) wrote this wonderful prayer - my own translation. Miniature on calf vellum 10 x 15 cm, frame 23 x 28 cm, 23.5 ct gilding, lapis lazuli and other precious pigments. €405 / £365
St Ephraim in dark wood box frame, 23 x 29 cm
Prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian
Also in this style, The Lord's Prayer, a commission - view on my gallery page
lluminated initials on vellum The ultimate in affordable art - commission a personal monogram miniature as a gift or as a motif for your own stationery. Four styles below to inspire you. 7 x 7cm, on vellum, 23ct raised gilding with historical pigments, unframed, €105 / £95
Style of T'oros Roslin c.1260
Style of Luttrell Psalter
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