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Icon Display adorns St Mary's Cathedral



St Mary's Cathedral (17 Victoria Square, Perth) is presently displaying icons painted by one of Australia's leading iconographers, Michael Galovic.
Galovic trained in Europe studying both modern art and traditional painting and has since developed an impressive body of work that seeks to bring together the Australian landscape and religious and personal identity.
His display of exquisite icons, which are all for sale, features traditional style icons of angels, Stabat Mater, and other icons of Mary with Jesus.
The display is free to view, and is open daily between 07:00am and 06:00pm between Sunday 20th and Sunday 27th July.

Exhibition organiser, Dr Angela McCarthy of the University of Notre Dame's School of Philosophy and theology said: "For many years, as a theologian, I have been interested in icons and our desire to reinstate them in our Church life but it wasn’t until I met Michael Galovic in his studio in 2013 that I became aware of the remarkable gift that a real iconographer is to our worshipping community.

"Michael has exceptional skill and each icon holds true to the traditions of theology and image but yet holds fine details that bring us to prayer through beauty. His use of gold leaf and egg tempera provides us with sacred icons of exquisite beauty and power.

"In St Mary’s Cathedral we have 12 of these treasures on exhibition and they are also for sale. Besides writing icons, Michael also paints contemporary religious works and has a number of works that focus on Uluru, a sacred Australian iconic site.

"With over 40 years of honing his skills, Michael Galovic is indeed a gift to the Church and hence the Church has an opportunity to support the work of an artist who brings us to God through beauty. Since the early centuries of Christian existence we have used images in a worshipful way because God became human in the person of Jesus and so we can image God."

For enquiries please contact Angela McCarthy on (08) 9433 0214 /


Proudly supported by The Mandorla Art Award 2014
Finalists exhibiting at Linton & Kay Galleries Perth, 19 -27 July