Live Icon Painting with Elizabeth Brookbanks

12 – 2pm

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Join us for an intimate encounter with Icon painting! Visual artist, Elizabeth Brookbanks, will be copying an icon of ‘The Three Hierarchs’, in miniature. The original icon is from Murom, 17th century, (107.5 x 73 cm). The icon displays three Byzantine Hierarchs of the Orthodox church.  

In this two-hour session, Elizabeth will share the intention of the icon which is to usher the viewer into a place of reverence and contemplation. Contemporary culture often sabotages and challenges this space for consideration. The labour of the icon centres not only the spectator but also the artisan. The eye is easily seduced by the ornate glow of pure gold. Once enticed the spectator is enchanted by the subject matter.  

Elizabeth is a practising artist based in Aotearoa New Zealand. Through reproducing religious icons, her work explores ideas around authenticity and the copy, and the experiential encounter of art objects in time and place.   


Elizabeth holds a BA Otago University; BFA (hons) Elam School of Fine Arts; BA(hons) University of Auckland; MA (Art History) University of Auckland; GradDip Theology and is currently completing her MFA at Elam. Elizabeth has enjoyed a range of contract roles within the art sector including Marketing and Public Programmes Coordinator for the 55th Venice Biennale. She has worked in various roles at the Auckland Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and Auckland Museum. Elizabeth also enjoys teaching a range of art courses.  


Image credit:

Elizabeth Brookbanks 

Christ Enthroned in His Glory, 2018 (25 x 20cm) 

Copy of Christ Enthroned in His Glory, Central Russia, 17th Century (105 x 88 cm) 

Gouache, Gesso, 24k gold leaf, Kauri panel 

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