Contemporary Georgian Art

By Jonathan Pageau on February 5, 2013

Repoussé silver by Dito Razdamze

There is a facebook page called “Contemporary Christian Art” but most people would not notice because it is all in Georgian script.  Although boasting hundreds of pictures of early art from all of Christendom, the most remarkable aspect to those of us who are not in Georgia is how it prominently features contemporary Georgian liturgical artists.

Across its many picture albums is the resounding testimony to the thriving art in the Georgian Church.    Among the artisans one finds of course George Gudushauri, a gold and silversmith who has received commissions from the highest level of Orthodoxy and creates works one scarcely can believe to be made today.

St-George by George Gudushauri

Reliquary casket by George Gudushauri

The page also boasts an album of a contemporary stone church being built, covered in beautiful ornamental and figurative stone carving in the usual abstract geometric style of Georgian art.

Among the albums one can find more metal work, iconography, embroidery, carving, enamel, all with the strong compositions and style so immediately associated with Georgia.

Ioseb Andriadze, an artist and the administrator of the page is a highly educated and involved Christian, working with juvenile prisons but also boasting university degrees on  Christian art.  He explains that  “We do not repeat (not Copying) the old forms, but according to the old content, creating new and original forms. This helps us in all liturgical readings.”  Dito Razmadze, one of the artists that drew my attention for his strong imagery and bold work is also trained in Theology as well as in vocational skills.

Although Georgian script is not as accessible as one would wish, I strongly recommend a visit.  It might make you feel for a short moment that all is well in the world and that the last century was only a bad dream…

Here again the link:  Contemporary Christian Art

Gospel Cover by Ioseb Andriadze

Gospel cover by Dito Razmadze

Gospel cover by Dito Razmadze

Processional cross by Dito Razmadze

Detail of liturgical furniture by Ioseb Andriadze, the administrator of the page



  1. Orthodox Collective on February 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

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  2. Pete on February 5, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Phenominal–it is amazing how bold it is. The processional cross in particular is so beautiful, yet nothing is lost in minutea. Thr crucifixion is very clear and marked by both triumph and sorrow.

    • Jonathan Pageau on February 6, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks for the comment. They are all a really young group, in their twenties and thirties, all trying to revive traditional Georgian arts, and doing a good job as we can all see.

  3. Jonathan Pageau on February 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm

  4. Andrew Gould on February 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Jonathan – did you notice that your own work appears on this Georgian Facebook page? Someone posted a link to your page there on 5/30/12. It’s nice to see that they follow our work over here just like we follow theirs!

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