Saint Dunstan Icons is the name used for the work of iconographer James Blackstone. Based in Shrewsbury, UK, James has been studying under Aidan Hart (www.aidanharticons.com).

 

Over time, James has lived and worked in a residential social setting with emotionally and behaviourally disturbed children, as a portrait painter, in a contemplative monastic community, as a teacher in secondary schools (in Catford and later Barnes, London), in university lay chaplaincy (at Cambridge) and as an ordained minister in the Church of England (in the Dioceses of Southwark and London), among other things.

 

He has been secretary to the Society for Ecumenical Studies in the UK and has been a participant reporter in a World Council of Churches Faith and Order Consultation.

 

James studied for a first class undergraduate degree in Theology and Religious Studies at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he was also awarded the Teape Prize for the study of Indian religion. He later completed doctoral research at Clare College, Cambridge, on the thought of the Orthodox saint Gregory Palamas. He has authored a book based upon this research, published by Peter Lang (see here).

 

The practice of painting has always remained at the core of his interests: the practice of iconography brings these interests under one head.