Elisabeth Deane

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Elisabeth Deane is a London based-painter making contemporary art with a traditional twist. She specialises in traditional miniature painting techniques derived from India and Persia. Creating joy through colour is of paramount importance and many of the colours – lapis lazuli, malachite and cinnabar have been sourced from the earth and ground painstakingly by hand before being applied onto the surface. Works are on gesso panels and handmade Indian paper. For Elisabeth, colours are ‘a powerful force that create vibrations which sing.’ The abstract, geometric nature of some of her work represents both the simple and the universal, the micro and the macro and the interplay of these dichotomies.

Elisabeth has also worked with Irina Bradley to learn traditional icon painting – a contemplative practice. Depicted here is ‘God as Geometer of the World’ – an icon she painted under Irina’s tutelage. The original image is a miniature from a French Bible (folio I verso), c.1220-1230. The image is of God drawing the universe with the aid of a pair of compasses. Below the original image, a text states in French, “Here God creates heaven and earth, the sun and moon, and all the stars”. This image is strikingly beautiful because it draws attention to the mysteries of the cosmos and the microcosm (a compass drawing a circle) being present within the macrocosm (planetary movement). It also indicates the Divine Creator – a presence that is directly representative of ‘mystery’ and our limited understanding of this life.

New member: Elisabeth Deane

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New member Elisabeth Deane writes: “Grounded in the tradition of Indian miniature painting and fascinated by Tantric Art (both traditional and contemporary), I have found myself intuitively drawn to the use of geometric shapes, which to me, represent both the simple and the universal, the micro and the macro and the interplay of these dichotomies. […]

Vision exhibition photographs

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Vision is an exhibition of artworks by members of commission4mission which is at St Stephen Walbrook (39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN) until Friday 15 September 2017, Weekdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (Weds 11.00am – 3.00pm).

Vision exhibition – full details

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Vision is an exhibition of artworks by members of commission4mission which will be held at St Stephen Walbrook (39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN) from Monday 4 to Friday 15 September 2017, Weekdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (Weds 11.00am – 3.00pm). A group exhibition by commission4mission, Vision is intended as a broad theme open to wide interpretation, […]

Vision exhibition & opening night reception

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Vision – St Stephen Walbrook, Monday 4 – Friday 15 September, Weekdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (Weds 11.00am – 3.00pm) A group exhibition by commission4mission, Vision is intended as a broad theme open to wide interpretation, but will explore sight, visions and revelations. Artists taking part will showcase their individual engagements with the theme. The exhibition will include work by Hayley […]