Martin Cosgrove

Play of Light at sunrise

I love the countryside and nothing inspires me more than a good walk in the Yorkshire Dales or along the North Norfolk coast. I love the drama of the landscape, the colours of the land and sky, the fresh air and the peace and tranquillity of getting away from people and civilisation: feeling totally alone in the land. I love being surrounded by the sound and aroma of nature and being challenged by inclines and weather. It is my personal response to this feeling of breath-taking, awe inspiring beauty that I try to capture and express in my paintings. I cannot ever replicate it but I can try to bring the outside in.

For me painting and drawing is all very meditative and contemplative. It involves a lot of stillness. I try, if at all possible, to get into that frame of mind when I am painting that artists sometimes call “flow”: when one becomes blissfully unaware of time passing or what is going on outside the studio. It’s a mental state where deep unconscious processes take over and art happens without too much conscious struggle.

I am one of the members of Artspace, the art committee organising art events and exhibitions at Bradford Cathedral in West Yorkshire. My role is to work with the other members of the committee in general terms and to curate some of the fine art exhibitions at the Cathedral.

New members: Eugenia Jacobs, Lucy Morrish, Irene Novelli

heavenly-jerusalem

Eugenia Jacobs is an iconographer. Her Christ in Glory features Christ sitting on a throne of judgment, the symbols of the four evangelists in the corners and celestial being around his throne. Lucy Morrish has always been extremely fond of architecture and Christian art since a very young age. Strong memories of her childhood include […]

Eugenia Jacobs

Evgenia Jacobs

Eugenia Jacobs is an icongrapher. Her Christ in Glory features Christ sitting on a throne of judgment, the symbols of the four evangelists in the corners and celestial being around his throne.

Irene Novelli

Irene Novelli

Irene Novelli paints christian icons according to the byzantine tradition. She has been practicing iconography for a few years with Irina Bradley and as an occasional student at the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts in London.

Lucy Thomasin Morrish

heavenly-jerusalem

Lucy Morrish has always been extremely fond of architecture and Christian art since a very young age. Strong memories of her childhood include visiting Burton Dassett Church where she was filled with joy and beauty and this left a strong impression from childhood which can now clearly seen in her work. She currently attends the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts. She paints icons and illuminated manuscripts with a christian meaning with help from her master icon painter Dr. Irina Bradley. One theme she is exploring is an ancient manuscript called Joseph the Just and Aseneth his wife. She hopes to create a scene involving an episode in the manuscript where Aseneth gets swarmed by bees and becomes a City of Refuge.