COMMUNITY MEMBER PROFILE:

Warwick Raverty

I live in Melbourne Australia and have had a long interest in insular Celtic art from 1974 when I undertook a two year post-doctoral fellowship in Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen. I spent my later career as an industrial scientist and that included research into the optical effects of coloured pigments on paper substrates. I have long wanted to reproduce some of the carpet and initia pages from the books of Durrow, Kells and Lindisfarne in modern watercolours and inks as an homage to the original illuminators to discover how these pages might have looked before the ravages of 1,200 years took their toll. Some chromolithographs of this type were published by Professor J. O. Westwood and Miss Margaret Stokes in the late 19th century so I have decided to take a further perhaps heretical step in my own practice by filling some of the areas that the original illuminators painted with yellow orpiment with gesso and 24 carat gold leaf. I hope you enjoy the results of my heresy.


List of contributions

Re-imaging the Book of Durrow: the opening double pages of Luke’s Gospel
Type: Painting
Categories: Acrylic ink, Metal, Paper, Watercolour, Gilded, Painted
Re-imagining Luke’s Incipit Pages in the Book of Durrow
Type: Painting
Categories: Acrylic ink, Metal, Paper, Watercolour, Gilded, Painted