New Roots features an Artist in Residence each month.
In August 2018 our Artist in Residence is Irina Bradley.
Irina Bradley is an iconographer, specialising in Russo-Byzantine style, who follows the traditional way of icon painting, which is regarded as a contemplative practice. It is a transformative process, which takes place not only on an icon boards, but also within the artist. Irina studied icon painting in Italy, Russia and the UK. Irina graduated from the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, where amongst other disciplines she studied Indian and Persian miniature painting, mosaics, stained glass, islimi, tiles, ceramic plates glazing and geometry. Irina’s successfully defended her doctoral thesis on the iconography of St George and the Dragon in January 2015. Irina is a visiting tutor for icon painting at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, where she teaches at MA level, she also teaches open program courses for general public.
Irina’s work is worldwide. She has exhibited at several international exhibitions and has presented her research and icons at Christ Church Oxford, the Temenos Academy, the Boghossian Foundation in Brussels, Cumberland Lodge and the V&A. Irina’s icons are featured in an international publication Divine Temple by Kolomenskaya Versta of Saint Petersburg. Irina’s icons will be exhibited at Buckingham Palace summer exhibition from July to September 2018.
We are grateful to Irina Bradley for being Artist in Residence this month.