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Janusz Charczuk - Polish-Canadian Iconographer

Janusz Charczuk
Polish-Canadian Iconographer

Janusz Charczuk 

Janusz was born in Poland where he earned a Master's degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Technical University of Gdansk. In addition to architecture, he studied fine arts, which included seminars, lectures and tutorials in the principles of architectural forms, composition, freehand drawing, painting, sculpture and art history.

Janusz immigrated to Canada in 1985. He has worked as an architect-designer in Poland, the United States and Canada for over 30 years, providing industry consultation and implementation expertise in architecture and related fields. His fascination with iconography materialized when he discovered a way to connect his spiritual journey with the art of icon painting.

According to the Orthodox doctrine: 
"The saints are not visible to mankind, just as a blind man cannot see the light. The saints may only be seen in the mind's eyes and these are the eyes an icon is addressed to. An icon itself is not so much a painting as it is a prayer, hence it's majestic simplicity and peacefulness. All that is depicted in it reflects divine orderliness."
Janusz Charczuk, Iconographer
www.holyiconstudio.com

The Cross shown in the above photo will be blessed and installed above a side altar in beautiful St. Mary's R.C. Church located in Wilno, Ontario. The ceremony will take place on April 26, 2014, in time for the canonization of John Paul II as a saint.
St. Mary's Church
Wilno, Ontario
An architect, Janusz Charczuk has a Master's degree of architecture from the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland (Politechnika Gdanska). As well as architecture, he studied fine arts, which included seminars, lectures and tutorials in the principles of architectural forms, composition, freehand drawing, painting, sculpture and history of art. Janusz immigrated to Canada in 1985. He has worked as an architect-designer in Poland, the United States and Canada for over 30 years, providing industry consultation and implementation expertise in architecture and related fields. His fascination for iconography materialized years ago when he began to study tempera icon painting. Janusz has discovered a way of connecting his spiritual journey with an art of icon painting.
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Painting the Blues
Kaszubian folk art typically features three shades of the color blue. If you look closely at this icon by Janusz Charczuk, you will notice the dark blue below the arms, which represents the sea (the Baltic), the light blue is for the sky, and the shade in between the lakes and streams.