Christabel Helena Anderson

Holy Icons


Christabel Helena Anderson is an iconographer, writer and teacher based near London, United Kingdom. Specialising in Orthodox Christian iconography, she creates traditional panel icons in egg tempera and gold leaf, miniature-painted illuminated icons on vellum and also works in vitreous enamel. All of the work is created within the tradition of the Orthodox Church and the designs, methods and materials are inspired by sacred iconographic exemplars, the lives of the saints and the holy tradition.

With the primary focus of facilitating prayer, each piece is meticulously researched, designed and created using carefully hand-prepared materials such as carved icon panels, mineral and earth pigments, watercolour and tempera paints, vellum, shell gold, 24 carat gold and platinum leaf, fine art papers, soft pastels and gemstones such as rubies, sapphires and pearls.

Christabel is also a specialist in gilding techniques, manuscript illumination, paint making and early letterforms, the sacred art of Britain and Ireland and the development of Christian iconography and theology. She recently undertook a research project on the work of St Sophrony the Athonite. Christabel writes for the Orthodox Arts Journal and teaches at The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts where she recently completed a doctoral research project sponsored by the A. G. Leventis Foundation.


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