The Process of Commissioning an Icon
The reasons for commissioning a new icon are beautifully varied. Icons from the studio have been created for new churches, moving to a new home, the birth of a child, and the desire to honour a newly canonized saint. In each case, the commissioned icon represents a new revelation of that holy person or event, made in a timeless way, for today.
Commissioning an icon begins with making contact with the studio and talking together about the icon’s proposed subject. Details like the icon’s size, budget, and timeline are also discussed. When everything is arranged satisfactorily, a date is offered for the icon to be complete, and a non-refundable deposit of 20% is requested.
When the icon’s target date draws closer, the conversation continues with the iconographer presenting a black & white drawing to the patron for consideration. This “cartoon” results from a prayerful study of the icon’s subject and provides an outline of the figure, or festival, for the patron to consider. Once both the patron and the iconographer is content with the drawing, it is transferred to the icon’s prepared panel, and the creation of the icon begins.
Once the icon is finished, the studio arranges its shipping at the patron’s expense. The finished work then arrives ready for the blessing of being installed in the home or church for which it was commissioned.
Frequently Asked Questions
The cost of commissioning an icon takes into consideration the quality of work, material costs and the time of the iconographer and his family. Each icon is a unique work of liturgical art, crafted from the highest quality materials found in the studio’s local environment. Each icon often takes months to finish, and as such, cost thousands of dollars to commission. To receive a detailed quote, please contact the studio.
Commissions are currently booked up to two years in advance. When planning for the icon’s creation, a liturgical or personal celebration is usually identified to set a deadline. Once everything is arranged, everything is done to have the icon received by the patron in time for that event.
The Studio is accepting commissions for 2021
Please use the form below to contact the studio about the possibility of commissioning an icon.