St. George and the Dragon

Gay Pogue
  • St. George and the Dragon
  • Gay Pogue
  • Size (h w d): 14 x 11 x 0.75 in
  • Medium: Acrylic on wood panel
  • Created: February 2016
  • Location: Private Collection

I suppose it was the stylized horse against the cinnabar background in the old Novgorod Icon of St. George that initially fascinated me. I wanted to recreate its colors and forms but, alas, felt no overriding spiritual reason for doing so.

Then one evening, while watching the news, I felt depression descending as story after story, both international and domestic, played out. What I wanted was a fierce warrior to come in on his white horse and deal with the bad guys and right the wrongs.

At just such a time, a 14th century iconographer created an image of a third century martyr just about to thrust his holy spear Ascalon down the throat of a fearsome beast that was threatening a town and killing children. No record exists of anything like this happening during George's lifetime. Myth or no, we can only assume that this icon of a battle waged and won is a prayer for both a spiritual and physical reality.

St. George and the Dragon
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