Old Master series: Early Flemish technique

Old master techniques and materials have been the main inspiration and drive in Hamid Zavareei’s pursuit of art education.

Through decades of independent research and scholarship he has built up a body of knowledge and experience accessible through investigation and research into the available resources in the vast field of conservation as well as historical documents and transcripts passed down from ancient periods to middle ages and renaissance and baroque period.

The focus of his research has been centered on materials and techniques of early renaissance through Baroque era through extensive study and reconstruction of details of master pieces based on documented research within the conservation institutions throughout Europe and the United States.

Hamid Zavareei

The scope of his research encompasses various materials including oil, watercolor, encaustic, egg tempera, acrylic and more recently fresco, within different historical contexts following the evolution of techniques throughout the last two thousand years.

Hamid is self taught and has drawn and painted since childhood by studying the old masters, from early Renaissance to Baroque and he has taught the old master’s techniques for more than a decade. He extends the knowledge of the old techniques and materials to contemporary application to create work that brings the old and the new together in a unique format.

Hamid has shown his work through various venues throughout the United States and abroad including residency, awards and reviews.

6:30-9:30 P.M.
Gage Capitol Hill

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The works of the Flemish old masters such as Jan Van Eyck and Rogier Van der Weyden revolutionized the art of oil painting. Each stage of the painting process was undertaken with ultimate care and veneration. In this class students will learn the Early Flemish technique, which involves rendering the image in two major stages: underpainting and working up. First, discover how to prepare the surface, lay down or transfer the drawing, and execute the underpainting with egg tempera in the first stage of the painting. Then, learn the details of overlaying dead layer, scumbles and oil glazes in multiple passages, and how to interlace wet egg tempera into wet glazes and use it as highlights in the final stages of the work. This class is designed for intermediate and advanced painters.