As did the ancient iconographers before her, Liturgical Artist (Hand) Magdalene Grace Deane follows the strict Orthodox Christian canon and methodology to fully convey the theology and symbolism of each depicted Holy Event. Each Holy Icon is prepared and written with spiritual askesis and the exacting formulation and medium of the Byzantine tradition. The process is complex and predates Old World technique. Authentically Byzantine, the technique is ancient, using monastery-prepared wooden panels, earth elements that are hand-ground into pigment for egg tempera paint, gilding with pure karat gold leaf and hand-prepared varnishes from botanicals of Greece. Magdalene Grace Deane writes Holy Icons for Church, Home, Office, Museums and Private Collections.
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the past 13 years, Magdalene Grace Deane has been producing
Art in diverse medium for church and home.
Her focus (and sole vocation) is writing and teaching the
Orthodox Christian Tradition.
has studied the Byzantine Greek (Cretan, Cypriot,
Russian (Yaroslavl, Moscow and Prosopon) Iconography schools.
Magdalene Grace recently completed a two year period of research on Byzantine Greek Iconography
(as Independent Scholar with Privileges) at
Getty Museum of Art - Research Institute in Southern California.
Grace holds the honor of being given the Iconographer’s
Blessing by two Bishops: His
Eminence, Metropolitan Gerasimos of the Greek Orthodox Church and His
Grace, Sayidna Nicholas Samra of the Melkite Catholic Church.
Magdalene Grace is an Orthodox Christian with a Byzantine Greek Catholic heritage.
She lives a fully Orthodox Christian lifestyle
prayer, study, contemplation, service and fasting.
She maintains a sacred atmosphere in her home and studio with the
of liturgical music, the light of candles, the scents of blessed incense
of icons from diverse centuries and countries.
She is affiliated with The Orthodox Church in America, The Greek Orthodox Church,
The Melkite Catholic Church and The Byzantine Catholic Church.
Magdalene Grace also participates in ecumenism with
the Society of St. John of Chysostom and
the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University.
of all, one ought to love what he does. An icon painter cannot be anything
has to devote all of his life to icon painting." ~ Mother
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Grace has a triple Master's background in the genres of
(including Graphic, Fashion and Jewelry Design)
(including Dance and Music)
(including Botanical and Culinary Arts)
attended The Art Center and Cal Arts (both Fine Art Universities in
Southern California) as well as
specialized institutes, trade colleges and apprenticeships.
then pursued an interest in Herbology at the Australasian College of
Health Sciences for her work in
Mastery of Aromatology².
achievements also include a Mastery in Tea and Etiquette granted by
American Tea Master Association's Executive Director, Chas Kroll with
recognition by American and British Tea expert and author, Bruce
Etiquette training is granted by the Protocol School of Washington's
founder, Dorothea Johnson.
Aromatology is the science and clinical application of herbal distillates
and floral/resin extractions.
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Grace’s aesthetic in
elegance, design, composition and regal execution originates from her
several years in the apparel industry, where she worked as fashion
illustrator and designer. In her early career, she designed both women's
and children's wear and had her own label featured at Neiman
Marcus. One will notice that Miss Deane's paintings convey a deep
understanding of garment construction as well as textile content and
Grace's masterful skill in painting and jewelry design (in the genre of
Contemporary Sacred Art) led to a permanent collection acquisition of
her pieces by the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe, New
Mexico. Her Sacred/Liturgical Art has been featured in 8
prominent galleries and several churches across the nation. Her works are
also in many private collections both nationally and internationally. Miss
Deane's fine art of hand-cut paper (designs intended as birthday
commemoratives) were commissioned by the Monarch League and presented
to HRM Queen Elizabeth in 2008 and 2009. Grace was honored with a
letter of recognition and gratitude from Her Royal Majesty.
An original Cathedral Icon by Hand Magdalene was recently designed and written for the Pontifical Oriental Institute,
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Deane has served on two city council advisory seats for the Arts and
Culture. She served as judge and consultant to the Scottsdale Arts Council
in Arizona and as Vice President of the Arts Commission in Dover, New
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Grace has included her mastery of dance in her paintings. One will
notice that her subjects are regularly
depicted with a sense of choreography, poise and deportment. She was
Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Gracia Art Dance Organization (G.A.D.O.)
of New Hampshire where she worked as master instructor, choreographer,
performer and set/costume designer. She has worked as founder/director,
choreographer/master instructor and designer at the Dances of Spain
Academy in Omaha, Nebraska. She also founded dance troupe Ále
Flamenco Northern Arizona (in Prescott/Sedona).
Grace (also known by her Spanish middle names, Maya Gracia) has an
extensive background in Ballet, Middle Eastern, Spanish Classical/Flamenco
dances and has studied with schools from England, Russia, the Middle East
Deane has over 12 years of experience teaching Spanish Classical/Flamenco
Dance and Sacred/Liturgical Art to children and adults of all ages. She
was also honored to be one of the few instructors in America to have
taught and performed Spanish Regional Folk Dances such as those seen in
Northern Spain on
Christian Pilgrimages to Santiago De Compostela.
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