Icons by David Giffey

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David-GiffeyHoly Wisdom Monastery is excited to feature iconography works by David Giffey. The art exhibit opening reception for Icons by David Giffey will be on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 5:00–8:00 pm, and will feature a brief reflection by the artist at 6:15 pm. Bring your friends! The exhibit will run through December 24, 2015. After the opening reception, the exhibit may be viewed Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Saturday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, and Sunday, 8:00 am-noon. All are welcome.

Another opportunity to spend time with David comes on December 10, 11:45 am-1:30 pm, when Sister Lynne Smith will host a special Advent opportunity, “Lunch and Iconography Reflection with David Giffey.” Save the date and watch our website for more details.

David grew up on a dairy farm in Fond du Lac County. His professional path began as a young man, working as wire editor for a daily newspaper in the Fox River Valley. In the midst of this job he was drafted to serve in Vietnam.  There he became a combat journalist and editor.

Since that time David has worked as an artist, journalist and photographer. In 1977 he spent two years studying icon painting and materials with master iconographers and muralists in Greece, visiting icon studios in the monasteries of Mount Athos.

David’s icons and murals can be found in churches, community centers, schools, and public buildings in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and in Greece. He also created a series of paintings based on his experiences in the Vietnam War.

“As a veteran, I’m grateful to work as an artist,” David states on his website (www.davidgiffey.com). “Visual art is a peaceful outlet for the inner residue of war.”

In 1985 David designed the Dove of Peace effigy mound, inspired by Native American earth mounds. It was constructed in 1989 at The Highground Veterans Memorial Park, Neillsville, Wisconsin. Locally, his work is seen in the iconography for Assumption Greek Orthodox Church on Madison’s east side, as well as large murals in a number of public buildings in Madison and throughout Wisconsin.

We are fortunate to be hosting new icons from David Giffey’s collection at Holy Wisdom Monastery, from October 2–December 24, 2015.


David Giffey – picture and bio information from www.davidgiffey.com

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