Turtle Icon

Turtle Icon

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Gouache & gold leaf on panel, 16 in. x 16 in. ©2018-2021. Private Collection (Fairfax, VA) - *Available for loan to special exhibitions pending Collector's approval Exhibition Provenance: Included in Solo Salon Exhibit @ the Society for Domestic Museology, NYC. 2018 Set within a luminous context of metaphysical symbolism and Byzantine brushwork, the Icon Series transposes endangered species of exotic plants and creatures as the iconographic characters of our contemporary natural environments. In this Icon, a majestic Loggerhead Turtle - a creature endangered throughout much of the world - is flanked by exotic corals & reef life. Many coral reefs are also endangered due the vast die offs and bleaching effects caused by the climate change crisis & rising ocean temperatures. Inspired by the rich traditions and distinctive styles ranging from the Cretan-Venetian School of icon painting to Italian Renaissance art, Gerakaris relishes the processes of gold leafing and painting on wooden panel by hand — a sacred process by which the object and picture ultimately frame a view into another dimension. In addition to meditating on his own Cretan-Greek ancestry, the artist’s genuine fascination with art history, Nature-Culture dynamics, and his love for the natural world form the core of this intimate series.