Some English Coptic Icons

by David Clayton on February 8, 2013

Here are some neo-Coptic icons  at the Coptic Cathedral of St George at Stevenage in England.

I discovered this by trying to get hold of pictures of art by an English-Egyptian icon painter called Fadi Mikhail. He trained at the Slade art school in London and then did an apprenticeship with an icon painter in California, called Isaac Fanous. His website is here. I would have included more pictures of his work, but his website doesn’t allow me to copy and save the images. Here’s a tip for artists out there. You may worry about people making use of images by barring the copying, but you also stop people who are very happy to promote your work from doing so effectively! i think that in the end the artist loses more than he gains by doing this. So in the end I took some examples from the cathedral website. But Fadi, if you’re reading, I like your work and would have happily featured more if I could have done!





I love the loose but well directed brush work in this one above



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Alexey February 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm

About Fadi’s site: I was able to *_download_* medium resolution JPG files to my computer. Now I have some of them, and if I wanted to upload them somewhere on a server taking uploads of pictures, I could, so you, David, could too. The method is unusual for me, but apparently deliberately offered by the site designer. Click on the thumbnail picture; it will pop up in the Internet browser. Note that the cursor, at least on my PC, becomes a pointing hand when it hovers over the bigger image. Click on the bigger image. It will pop a tiny “tool tip” that says “Download file”. Move the cursor over that “Download file” rectangle, it will become selected (blue background). Now click on that. It will let you save it as file on your local machine.

I agree with your sentiment though: all these barriers complicate the process of copying file and making it available on other people’s websites but they do not wholly prevent copying it; so one wishing to profit from a medium resolution copy still could get a file, but very many people who would simply want to include the picture on their blogs, Facebook pages, online galleries, etc. would not find a standard way to simply copy the URL of the picture, and would give up promoting the artist. I don’t see how this is benefiting the artist.

So the barriers are present, the file is still available, but something very necessary to promote the artist is missing: nowhere that I could find does the artist say something like: “If you put my images on your website, please include my name, Fadi Mikhail, and a link to this site”.

Sorry to be verbose, but this is a lesson in how not to do your art gallery.


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