Heaven on Earth

The Icon Painting Studio Heaven on Earth was founded in 2004 in Mykolaiv city, Ukraine. The region lacked religious and iconographic traditions. Thus, the artists had to revive them. They believe the iconography is not just an artistic skill but a spiritual feat. This is the reason why not every artist can become an icon painter. There are currently 7 talented and unique icon painters in the studio: Sergiy Pavelko, Natalia Soboleva, Kostiantyn Samoylenko, Mariya Pavelko, Kateryna Tsyrulik.

Throughout all years of operating the Studio has gained credibility and respect among believers and art professionals. The head of sacral art department of the Lviv National Academy of Arts Professor Roman Vasylyk has evaluated the Studio as an oasis of flourishing iconography in Ukraine.

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The icon painters at the Studio create their masterpieces using ancient iconographers’ techniques. They use only natural materials such as the boards made of linden or alder, special canvas which are glued to the board as a base for painting. In addition, there are typically 4 to 15 layers of gesso coat (chalk and animal glue based). It’s an icon grounding which was used in the old iconography. Furthermore, the artists only work with previously handcrafted paints made of natural minerals and egg emulsion. Traditional iconography is very expensive and intensive process. For example, paints are mostly made of Brazilian rock crystal, African malachite or rare Ukrainian minerals kerchenit and black tourmaline. Most of the icons are covered with high quality gold or silver layer, which is thinner than a human hair. Even hooks for the icons are made by hand. The cost of such icons is very high. However, contemporary iconography is very popular in Europe and USA. While Ukrainian collectors still tend to collect antique icons. The masterpieces of Mykolaiv artists are spread up all around the world. Most of the Studio customers are from Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan and even the Emirates.

The Studio is an active Ukrainian and international exhibitions participant. Some of them are listed below.

Exhibitions

2005 – Business Center “Alexander “, Mykolaiv city.

2006 – The Orthodox exhibition “Days of St. Nicholas.” Exhibition Hall of the urban center of culture and entertainment , Mykolaiv city

2007 – “All may be the only” Joint exhibition of Ivanka Krypyakevych – Dymyd at the Lviv National Museum, Lviv city

2008 – personal exhibition Icon Painting Studio “Heavens on the Earth ” at the Ivan Honchar Museum , Kyiv city

2009 – “The future in today ” at the Ivan Honchar Museum , Kyiv city

2009 – ” The Protection of Kinburn .” Mykolaiv region., Ochakiv district, Pokrovka village

2009 – “The future in today ” at the Odessa literary museum, Odesa city

2009 – “Mother Merciful ” at the Clement Sheptytsky Church , Lviv city

2009 – Group exhibition, Festival of contemporary sacred art at the National Reserve “Sophia” Kyiv city

2009 – “Behold I make everything new” at the National Reserve “Sophia”, Kyiv city

2010 – «PER ASPERA AD ASTRA» at the Ivan Honchar Museum, Kyiv city

2010 – “The Protection of Kinburn.” Mykolaiv region., Ochakiv district, Pokrovka village

2010 – “Children and the icon” at the UKKU (Ukrainian Catholic University), Lviv city

2010 – Group exhibition. “Ukrainian Souvenir – 2010” at the National Center for business and cultural cooperation “Ukrainian House”, Kyiv city

2011 – “Light in the darkness” at the Sacred Art Gallery «ICONART», Lviv city

2011 – “The Gospel – the path to God” at the Ivan Honchar Museum, Kyiv city

2011 – “Mother Merciful” at the National Cultural Center of Ukraine. Moscow

2011 – “The Gospel is the path to God” at the St. Catherine Lutheran Church, Kyiv city

2011 – “Heavens on the Earth” exhibition of the contemporary Ukrainian icon in Slovakia, Bratislava.

2012 – “The Meeting” at the Art Gallery CSU, Mykolaiv city

2012 – “The Triumph of the Orthodoxy” at the Regional Art Museum, Kherson city

2012 – “The Vision”, the documentary photography and modern iconography exhibition in Slovakia, Bratislava.

2012 – “The Kinburn Spit under the Lord’s protection” Mykolaiv region., Ochakiv district., Pokrovka village

2012 – “Ukrainian embroided folk culture towel” exibition at the Ivan Honchar Museum, Kyiv city

2013 – “Glory to God” at the Russian Center of Science and Culture, Prague, Czech Republic

2013 – “God save Ukraine” at the Taras Shevchenko National Museum, Kyiv city2013 – «Licht in der Dunkelheit» Schliersee, Bavaria, Germany

2013 – “The Red Easter” at the Art Gallery CSU, Mykolaiv city

2013 – “Mother Merciful” at the Kyiv National University, Kyiv city

2013 – “The eternal symbols” at the Ukrainian Center of Culture and Arts, Kyiv city

2013 – “Glory to God” at the Ivan Honchar Museum, Kyiv city

2014 – “Shining Path” at the Taras Shevchenko National Museum, Kyiv city

2014 – “Let’s be joyful all together” at the Kyiv National University, Kyiv city

2014 – The Annual iconography exhibition “Sunny Easter” hosted by the Icon Painting Studio “Heavens on the Earth”.

2014 – “Heavens on the Earth ” at the University of Kyiv, Kyiv city

2014 – ” Easter joy” at the National architectural and historical reserve Ancient Chernihiv, Chernihiv city

2014 – “Summer of the Lord” at the exhibition hall of the National Artists Union of Ukraine, Kherson city Directory:

2007 – ” May all me the one” Publishing and Printing Center at the Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv city

2009 – “Heavens on the Earth” Kyiv city

2011 – “Heavens on the Earth” Slovakia, Bratislava

2012 – «Insight» Slovakia, Bratislava