Sunday, 18 September 2011


All go here. I leave Cambridge in a week's time, to take up a Fellowship in English at an extremely nice Oxford college. Sorry for the long gap in posting: the interview, the aftermath, the packing---you know how these things are. For now, here's a very beautiful song which I have on repeat:

Having a big creative surge too. This looks like nothing much in mock-up form, but is the template for another of my oversized ikons. The final version is going to be attached to the seam between a ceiling and wall in my new college flat in Oxford.

I've just ordered the board: the straight line along the top is 100cm, which gives you some idea of the scale. The dots and yellow lines will be gilded stars and rays. The concept, of course, is to make a whole wall look as though it's all part of one vast ikon: Byzantine ikons often have the Theotokos or Christ (or, as here, both) presiding from a semi-mandala at the top.

The colours on the Virgin's maphorion will be more like this:

But her face will be like this (pretty exactly, though possibly reversed to look slightly to the left):


Suem said...

Congratulations on the new post. Hope the move goes well.

Will P. said...

Brilliant news Mark. Well done you!

Bo said...

Thanks guys!

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