The skill of looking at icons, the discipline of ‘reading’ them, is indeed the strange skill of letting yourself be seen, be read.
— Dr Rowan Williams, 'Lost Icons'

Beatrice leads Dante towards the Fifth Heaven

From the Divine Comedy Series

Welcome to Iconismus.

Icons are a joy to own and a real encouragement to devotion but few of us can afford a hand-written icon of our own. The best we can hope for is a postcard icon pasted onto board, purchased from the local cathedral or Christian supplier and even there we are limited by the choice available. Icon manufacturers tend to look towards either Catholic or Orthodox saints, which is fine if you want Our Lady or St Francis; not so good if you are looking for John of Krondstadt, Ruth Pfau, Harriet Tubman or Martin Luther King Jnr. Where would you go for an icon of these people? To Iconismus. 

On the next few pages you will find some of my original artwork, created with love and care using acrylic on high quality box canvas. Some are images from the Divine Comedy, others are icons painted in traditional style using modern materials. All are intended to encourage devotion and faith; a reminder that none of us ever prays alone, we all pray alongside the whole communion of saints, here and in eternity.

The vast majority of Iconismus images are derived from existing icons or other images. This is normal practice; few iconographers attempt to create new icons. There are just a very few completely new images in my work, but not many. Icons build on the traditions which have gone before, in recognition of the apostolic tradition, the cloud of witnesses, and our small part in the Body of Christ.

My aim at Iconismus is to enable the finest quality hand painted icons to be accessible to anyone. Pricing is based on the cost of materials and the time taken to research and paint the icon. Some images are more complex than others, but the aim is always to keep the cost as reasonable as possible.

These are not mass produced images; each one is hand painted with love and care over several days. I sometimes create the same image more than once, but they are never quite the same; each image is a unique work of art.

If you would like to ask about an icon, please get in touch using the form on the Commissions page below, or email me at I look forward to hearing from you.

Catherine Young