Introducing the artist

Grace Zazzaro

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Gold Leaf

I began gilding with gold leaf, more than twenty years ago.

It is a classical tradition used in icon painting.  Gold leaf is not common to the contemporary artist but has been used by iconographers throughout history.

Gold leaf is easy and a beautiful material to work.  I have made gold leafing an enormous part of my practice in icon art.  The gold leaf creates a reflective warmth like no other material, its durability is surprisingly good.  Gold’s reflective casting changes every minute, as day fades into night.  It is a highly durable element, hammered by a process called gold-beating.  Gold-beating is the process of gold being made into leafs and placed between soft paper.

In this video, I am applying gold leaf to an icon board.  I use an oil gilding method with 23k yellow gold leaf.  It is then placed over a twelve hours size (a type of glue), with a gilders brush.  This is a four-day process, that requires practice, patience, and love.

Grace Zazzaro

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Grace a fine artist, specializing in painting panel icons, egg tempera medium, gilding, gold, and iconography design.

Athella Icon Studio established in 2003

A frequently visited site by those interested in icons or learning about the ancient art of iconography. Grace produces many traditional, classical, icons for church’s, collectors and the famous; offering a window to heaven in each of her pieces. Her objective is to continue the legacy of iconography handed down to her through her teacher, by teaching and bringing the face of God to people and to the world through the beauty of iconography.

After earning her degree studying embellishment design at The Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL. USA.
Grace embarked on a spiritual journey, encountering comparative religions. While studying Christian theology she engaged in icon studies. Her preliminary iconographic training was under the tutelage of renowned Iconography master Ksenia Pokrovsky and the Izograph School of Iconography based in Moscow, Russia, and the USA. Grace has also worked with and studied alongside many other Master, and fellow iconographers throughout the world.
Grace has lived abroad and traveled to England, Ireland, France, Russia, and Italy, immersing herself in church art, important historical sites, art collections, culture, history, and techniques of the ancient art of icons. She shares many of her experiences with students during her workshops.

Grace is a professional speaker who loves to talk about her experiences in travel, spiritual life, icons, theology, history, materials used in the making of the icon and joy that comes from embracing God in every moment.

Grace is a native New Yorker, a city girl at heart, now living in Mystic, Connecticut USA. She married the love of her life Richard and is the Mother of two amazing daughters.
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A frequently visited site by those interested in icons or learning about the ancient art of iconography. Grace produces many traditional, classical, icons for church’s, collectors and the famous; offering a window to heaven in each of her pieces. Her objective is to continue the legacy of iconography handed down to her through her teacher, by teaching and bringing the face of God to people and to the world through the beauty of iconography. After earning her degree studying embellishment design at The Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL. USA. Grace embarked on a spiritual journey, encountering comparative religions. While studying Christian theology she engaged in icon studies. Her preliminary iconographic training was under the tutelage of renowned Iconography master Ksenia Pokrovsky and the Izograph School of Iconography based in Moscow, Russia, and the USA. Grace has also worked with and studied alongside many other Master, and fellow iconographers throughout the world. Grace has lived abroad and traveled to England, Ireland, France, Russia, and Italy, immersing herself in church art, important historical sites, art collections, culture, history, and techniques of the ancient art of icons. She shares many of her experiences with students during her workshops. Grace is a professional speaker who loves to talk about her experiences in travel, spiritual life, icons, theology, history, materials used in the making of the icon and joy that comes from embracing God in every moment. Grace is a native New Yorker, a city girl at heart, now living in Mystic, Connecticut USA. She married the love of her life Richard and is the Mother of two amazing daughters.

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