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Apr. 10th, 2008 | 08:59 am
location: Moscow
mood: artistic

Patrick Pye is an Irish artist of growing, deserved renown. I remember he and his wife, Noirin, visiting me in Macedonia after he had finally 'arrived' as an artist with a major retrospective in Dublin.

Noirin was concerned that he felt 'painted out': how could he proceed beyond this recognition? We found the answer together in ten days touring the churches of Macedonia, looking at their extraordinary range of frescoes from the 10th to 17th centuries, that, were they in Italy, would be 'swamped' in admiring tourists but here you often roam the village in search of the key to unlock the church!

One set in particular, in Kurbinovo, where the church stands outside the village, on a hillside overlooking Lake Prespa. It was a late September afternoon, drenched in a declining sun, where the doors swung open, and we were all silenced by what was revealed. The life size saints standing watchfully around the walls, beneath the story of the Gospels, painted with a careful humanity that evoke Giotto. Over the 'chancel arch' an Annunciation, where the transmission of the Word is transacted with loving tenderness and willing acceptance, the world continually made new in its offering.

We all left, as Noirin, said, silenced and with winged feet, joyously lifted several inches off the ground - and Patrick with many artistic possibilities to creatively steal:)

The Virgin who walks down the road by Patrick Pye

An angel from St. George's Kurbinovo

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from: eudaimonia
date: Apr. 10th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)

I am really enjoying your entries on artists - I always appreciate finding out about new artists I am not aware of. These are wonderful.

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from: jolies_couleurs
date: Apr. 11th, 2008 09:42 am (UTC)

Thank you. When I ran an arts & spirituality centre (www.bleddfacentre.com), my greatest pleasure was working on the exhibitions with the artist concerned. Both to make it a successful show for them and an informing joy for others.

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