I'm kind of hoping, with the potential unification of our jurisdictions, maybe even with the Assembly, we could get an official "stamp of approval" sort of thing for iconographers.
It could be a copyright seal that iconographers may put on their websites or products (on the backs, like some Greek iconographers do in Greece) in order to show the iconographer is officially approved by the Assembly of Bishops, and recognized as canonical iconographers.
Making the seal copyright would allow the Assembly to take legal action should any unsanctioned iconographer/painter try to use the seal to deceive people.
This could go along with a section of their website linking to an alphabetical list of approved iconographers and their locations.
The seals I've on the back of Greek icons simply certifies that the icon is cleared for export. Nothing to do with an episcopal imprimatur .
At any rate, what would an imprimatur do to stop the likes of Fr Stamatios Skliris, an Orthodox priest and with a growing following through his book sales, lecture tours and painting workshops, who has knowingly painted plenty of schlock in his time?
He's in Greece, is he not? I'm talking about American iconographers using a seal by the Assembly. The iconographers would have to apply to receive the seal, and this would involve submitting a portfolio of their work, proof of their background etc...
Also, I'm looking at his website, some of his work looks brilliant in mural form on church walls, at a distance. But just terrible up close (which a lot of Byzantine work is like this, as I saw in Greece).
His murals/frescoes are just impressive. The small icons, not so much.
This is absolutely stunning, reminds me a lot of Romanian Churches:http://stamatis-skliris.gr/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/a8039-x900.jpg
This is also amazing:http://stamatis-skliris.gr/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/gen-ilioy.jpg
Yet some of his other work isn't so impressive.
We have to be careful about judging the use of "bright colors" in icons. Most of the ancient icons we see today have faded significantly, and it hasn't just been a few hundred years, but for some over half a millenia if not more.
While not an icon, look at the Mona Lisa, painted 500 years ago, which modern research shows, probably looks nothing like it originally did, but the colors were probably closer to La Gioconda. Or the example of Gothic Churches, many of which were painted in brilliant colors, which have worn away to the dull, dark grey of stone. Or, of course, Greek temples, which had brilliant colors and have all worn away to stone. Many icons may be the same way, years of usage, exposure to incense and smoke, light and moisture have possibly worn away brilliant colors they may have had.