By Peter Dzyuba
Peter uses traditional techniques of icon painting utilized in the classical school of Byzantine iconography, such as, the use of egg tempera on a gessoed wooden board. Most of the icons presented on this site were written with the use of this technique.
Egg tempera is a solution of natural pigments and egg yolk with other natural ingredients intended for the long term preservation of color. This solution is layered with a brush on a wooden board (or plywood for better conservation of the board) primed with a base coat of marble dust and natural glues.
Occasionally, and at a customer's request, acrylic paints may be used as well.
The background of the icon may be painted or gilded.
23K gold leaf is used for all gilding.
Peter has some icons already in stock, please see the ICONS IN STOCK tab at the top of the page.
Otherwise, all icons are custom made upon request.
All Christian traditional icons can be duplicated or a new design, according to the Orthodox Church Canonical standards and traditions, can be made upon your request in any size.
If you already have decided a specific icon you would like to order, you can either mail or email it's theme and size to email@example.com.
There are several examples of icons in the PHOTO GALLERY at the top of this page, but of course, you are not bound by the samples shown on this site. Peter can alternatively email or mail to you other samples to choose from.
Additionally, you can also specify whether your icon will be written on a flat board or on a board with a profile (kovcheg). Both can be made of the wood variety you prefer, or of plywood (usually 3/4" birch).
According to your instructions the icon can also be written with acrylic
All icons are COMPLETELY hand made and hand written. No two can be exactly the same.
The price of a portable icon is upon agreement and it varies depending on the complexity of work,
the size and number of figures to be written, the gold and/or other materials used.
The usual sizes and their approximate costs are:
5"x7" from $150 to $200
8"x10" from $200 to $300
10"x12" from $300 to $500
Almost any other size is also available upon your request.
OTHER ICONOGRAPHY WORK
pricing available upon request and will depend on the composition and size:
PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION OF OLD ICONS
REPAIR OF DAMAGED ICONS
PAINTING OF THE HOLY DOORS
GILDING OF DOMES
©Petro Dzyuba. No reproductions or copying by any means are allowed without permission of the author.