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ASC Window Space | Anthony Ruby | The Painted Icon

06/03/2013 - 05/04/2013

The work shown in The Painted Icon is a contemporary take on the Greek term eikon meaning ‘image’, that is, the revered image.

‘Theology in colour’ was how the Russian thinker Eugene Trubetskoy characterised icons.

‘In one sense, icons can only be understood in the context of Orthodox Christian theology. In another, the icon’s nature as a revered image that is constantly reproduced permeates modern art. Pop art took the fetishistic ‘worship’ of commercial products and celebrities as one of its primary themes’.

( 100 Ideas that Changed Art – Michael Bird – 2012)

The Painted Icon has evolved through Anthony’s travels in Eastern Europe in the summer of 2012. The aesthetic beauty of various sacred objects and images he viewed in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey has influenced his concerns with the object and the painted image.

Anthony Ruby is a painter working in ASC Studios in Erlang House.

Anthony gained a B.A. in Fine Art (Painting) in 1999 from The Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, Ireland.

In 2009 he completed his M.A. in Fine Art (Painting) at The University of the Arts London-Wimbledon College of Art.

He has exhibited widely in Ireland and more recently in the U.K.
Shows include Big/Small at The Bow Arts Trust in East London in 2009 , Painting: A Question of Confidence at The University Centre ,Milton Keynes in 2010 and The Threadneedle Prize 2010 at The Mall Galleries in London.


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