The Sydney-based iconographer who created the icon of Ss Peter and Paul which dominates the nave of the Lower Hutt church, is showing some of his other work in the parish hall at the end of the month.
Michael Galovic, will exhibit his paintings of traditional Orthodox icons in Ss Peter & Paul church, 60 Knights Road, Lower Hutt, 24-26 June.
The Belgrade-born artist became interested in this specialised art while watching his father restoring frescos and icons in Serbian churches and monasteries. Today his commissioned works are displayed in many churches and private collections.
The Lower Hutt exhibition will be open to the public and the icons displayed will be for sale.
Michael Galovic says his long-standing wish was ‘to create a contemporary icon based on the Byzantine tradition’.
He admits this highly delicate task should not be undertaken simply for the sake of change.
‘The artistic and spiritual message must remain intact because the icon is not, and will never be, merely another visual art form.’
The Lower Hutt exhibition opens with wine and cheese in the parish hall at 7.30pm Friday 23 June. Tickets are available from the parish office, 60 Knights Road, Lower Hutt at $5 each.
Exhibition viewing times are Saturday 24 June, 10am-4pm; Sunday 25th Noon to 4.00pm, and Monday 26th 10am-4pm. Admission free.