James Blackstone

James Blackstone

James Blackstone is an Anglican artist with a background in teaching and ministry. James works under the business name ‘Saint Dunstan Icons’. Based in Shrewsbury, UK, James has been studying under Aidan Hart.

Prior to working as an iconographer, James 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 London secondary schools (at St Dunstan’s College in Catford and at St Paul’s School in Barnes); in university lay chaplaincy (at Clare College, 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 Theology and Religious Studies at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He later completed a doctorate on the thought of the Orthodox saint Gregory Palamas at Clare College, Cambridge. He authored a book based upon this research published by Peter Lang with the title Knowledge and Experience in the Theology of Gregory Palamas.

Commissioning A Work

Martin Earle and James Blackstone undertake commissions in iconography and liturgical art across a broad range of traditional media including icon painting, mosaic, mural painting and carving in wood and stone. Their works can be found in Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox churches across the world. Please contact them with any enquiries or requests at:

E: chichester.artofworship@gmail.com
T: 07970 343110
T: 07449 722184