LUX NOVA derived from the advent of stained glass in 12th century France, means “new light”. Donald Hearn's practices involve an engaged approach to composition and abstraction that the artist utilizes to highlight color in an almost meditative way.
LUX NOVA derived from the advent of stained glass in 12th century France, means “new light”. The Abbot Suger, who rebuilt the Church of Saint-Denis with Gothic architecture and stained glass windows, used the phrase to describe the heavenly aura that filled the space. His patronage of the new architectural style, helped move European architecture beyond Roman imitations and eventually led to masterpieces like Notre Dame and Sainte- Chapelle in Paris and the Koelner Dom in Cologne. More generally, the phrase symbolizes how, during an earlier time in our human history, people were looking for new ways to further illuminate their faith and perspective. At that time, the high arches and shining windows were revolutionary; by the Renaissance, they were relics pointing to a (possibly) less enlightened outlook and people were searching for their next “Lux Nova.” Today it still reminds us of an eternal human desire to leave the world a little clearer or more lovely than we found it. Using color––hazed or crisp, gradated or sharp––our works here are studies and aspirations toward this clarity and loveliness.