The images of Trinity Icons are based upon the images of Joseph Malham, an iconographer who has devoted a decade of his life to the pursuit of this sacred and ancient form of art.
Malham, whose studio is situated in a church on the north side of Chicago, is of Greek and Assyrian descent, and credits his Near East and Mediterranean heritage with his love of sacred art and iconography in particular. Malham studied art in Rome through Loyola University’s Rome Center and graduated with a BA in History from that same institution. Since 1999 Malham has been a full time iconographer and since 2001 he has been artist-in-residence at St. Gregory the Great Church in Chicago.
THE ARTISTS STUDIO
Nestled in the former convent of Saint Gregory the Great Church in the quiet, tree-lined streets of Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, the Artist’s Studio is a place of both intense artistic creativity as well as quiet, prayerful meditation. Tellingly, when iconographer Joseph Malham first moved in nearly twenty years ago, he placed a sign on the door with a quote taken from the carved entrance way to the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemany in Kentucky: “PAX INTRANTIBUS” (“PEACE TO ALL WHO ENTER”). The studio, which occupies the entire third floor of what is now the Saint Gregory Parish Center, is heavy with walls hung with completed icons looking down on any number of works in progress scattered about. It has seen nearly 100 icon workshops, weekend retreats, exhibitions, lectures and classes on sacred art for various church groups, clergy, religious, catechists, students and laypeople both adults and children. It is, first and foremost, a sacred space where people of all ages and denominations can come and encounter the Word as Image.
THE INSTRUCTOR IS VIRTUS CERTIFIED AND HAS COMPLETED A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK. N.B.