Art Kaleidoscope

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Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting

Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting

Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting

Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting
In China, Rooster is considered the main symbol of the element Yang, and a carrier of many advantages. Male principle bird, Bird of Glory, meaning – vigilance, bravery, courage, foresight, and reliability. Rooster – the messenger of dawn, the sun and the symbol of spiritual rebirth. Rooster – the tenth symbolic animal of the Twelve Earthly Branches (Eastern Zodiac) and in the astrological sense – it corresponds to October, when in the ancient times in China made preparations for war.
In the work of Chinese contemporary artist working in the style of Guohua, Feng Yingjie roosters take honorable place. The image of the Rooster includes a number of different symbolic meanings reflected in the Chinese literature and philosophy.
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Vera Leontieva birchbark filigree art

A proud cockerel father with a chicken. Vera Leontieva birchbark filigree art

A proud cockerel father with a chicken. Vera Leontieva birchbark filigree art

Vera Leontieva birchbark filigree art

It seems that so familiar to everyone Birch bark – what new can be created from it, if everything is already invented? But talented people don’t seize to amaze us. Let me introduce you to a new name in the World encyclopedia of masters – Vera Alexandrovna Leontieva. She discovered a new method of birch bark processing and patented it. This method is called – birch bark filigree.
As a child, Vera Alexandrovna was always interested in art. Therefore, in 1971 she entered the school of metal processing art in the village of Red-on-Volga, near Kostroma. In those days it was the center of the jewelry industry in Russia. So, according to her education, Vera Leontieva is not just an artist, she is a jeweler.
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Dmitry Puchkov exquisite terracotta sculpture

Evening Solitaire. Terracotta, glaze, toning, modeling. 2009. Dmitry Puchkov exquisite terracotta sculpture

Evening Solitaire. (Zamoskvoretskaya Pomona). From the Russian Series. Terracotta, glaze, toning, modeling. 2009. Dmitry Puchkov exquisite terracotta sculpture

Dmitry Puchkov exquisite terracotta sculpture

Russian ceramic artist and sculptor Dmitry Puchkov was born in 1969 in Moscow, where he lives to this day. Member of the International Art Fund. Although he works with other ceramic materials (fire-clay, earthenware, porcelain), still, the basic material for his works the master chose terracotta. In modern sculpture terracotta particularly used as a material for sculpture of small forms, allowing to keep in the finished product the expressive conciseness and immediacy of live sketches. Working with terracotta, artists usually mold more conventional and less complicated sculptural forms, as the red clay is not porcelain, and much more fragile and all thin parts strive to break off from the main sculpture.
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Yuri Arsenyuk exquisite floral still lifes

Yuri Arsenyuk exquisite floral still lifes

Yuri Arsenyuk exquisite floral still lifes

Yuri Arsenyuk exquisite floral still lifes

Well-known and talented artist Yuri Arsenyuk has found his own way in art. In 1980s, new significant milestone for him becomes a study in the studio of Professor, People’s Artist of the USSR Ilya Glazunov, in Moscow State Art Institute of Surikov. Within its walls, and thanks to Ilya Glazunov, students learned the true classical school. There, the world famous artist gave them skills, great spirit of true art, and realism, which, like wings, help the artists fly. Thus, they focused on the great works of the Italian Renaissance, classic Russian and Western European art. Climbing the stairs of excellence, he, while still a student, creates portraits, landscapes, and exquisite floral still lifes. Yuri Arsenyuk – a member of the International Federation of Artists of UNESCO (1994), and Professor of the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. In addition, he is the head of art studio of Moscow State Academy of Surikov, created by Ilya Glazunov for the Study of Technology of the old masters of Europe and Russia.
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Tsolak Shaginyan spiritual ceramic art

Tsolak Shaginyan spiritual ceramic art

Tsolak Shaginyan spiritual ceramic art. Armenian national color of his warm creations, along with the chanting of family values captivate the viewer

Tsolak Shaginyan spiritual ceramic art

A central role in his life and work of Tsolak belongs to the family. In particular, the Armenian family traditions, which play an important role in the preparation of his works. The subjects of his ceramic murals become a centuries-old national traditions, such as respect for elders, the strength of the marriage, the castle and the breadth of kinship, mutual help and hospitality.
In addition, different seasons dictate their creative style and activities. He prefers painting during the summer months, and doing ceramics during the winter months. Nevertheless, for the ceramics he has more passion than for painting. Besides, he believes that working with clay is more relaxing and meditative. In his works harmoniously combined various techniques and materials – ceramic figurine painting, using such elements as yarn or tapestry.
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Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Bronze stand 'Mona Lisa' for a crystal candy bowl. Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Bronze stand Mona Lisa for a crystal candy bowl. Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Pavel Zaitsev miniature bronze sculpture

Miniature bronze sculptures made by Moscow based artist of applied art Pavel Zaitsev remind of the old days of palace intrigues and magnificent balls. The bronze figures are striking in their realism and artistic performance – whether it’s French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo (1981 film “The Professional), or Mikhail Boyarsky as D’Artagnan. For more than 10 years Pavel Zaitsev has been engaged in manufacturing miniature bronze figurines as stands for wine glasses, vases, and glasses. During this time he has made more than a hundred of models. The combination of bronze and cut glass (crystal) looks extremely beautiful. Master combines crystal with other metals and hot casting. These are silver and nickel silver, brass, and even gold. Made in vintage style glasses associated with palace luxury – they are sought and aristocratic, worthy of the palace interior.
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Self-taught ceramic artist Irina Tyulneva

Angels work hard and when they go to sleep they see dreams .. What angels dream. Clay sculpture by self-taught ceramic artist Irina Tyulneva

Angels work hard and when they go to sleep they see dreams .. What angels dream? Clay sculpture by self-taught ceramic artist Irina Tyulneva

Irina Tyulneva is a self-taught ceramic artist from Russia. She lives in the village of Chervishevo 22 km from Tyumen in a big house full of children, cats and dogs. In a creative world of art she is a beginner. Irina finds inspiration in her surroundings: farmland, river, forest, her children, lullaby at night, cat sitting on the windows, poplars in her street, bench in her garden, the patterns of frost on the non-plastic windows. These simple things so dear to her turn into creativity. Ceramic artist Irina Tyulneva is a mother of three beautiful children – a daughter and two sons. For her, it is important to invest meaning into the work, to engage not only the hearts, but also the thoughts of viewers. The biggest of her work made in clay – the goddess of joy and laughter, as tall as a man. Irina Tyulneva is in a world of good. Something elusive sets her apart from everyone else. She is very talented, and works have a soul.
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Metal compositions by Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov

Adam and Eve. Inspired by William Morris. Metal compositions by Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov

Adam and Eve. Inspired by William Morris. Metal compositions by Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov

Art jeweler Andrey Avvakumov is one of those unknown geniuses whose name will be known sooner or later. He is the author of awesome pieces of art – very interesting, elegant, unusual. Information about him on the net is not enough: “born in Moscow in 1967, where he lives to this day” – that’s all. But the miracle begins when you start to look at his work, and then you find out that…. dealing with virtuoso master. All his work is alive, breathing and fascinating. The jeweler works not only with noble metals, and brass in his hands gets rich shades of patina. Playing with polished and oxidized surface, he, as if the artist on paper, draws light and shadow. Among his works – rings, brooches, thimbles and charming beads. But the scale, of course decorative compositions – Paintings in the metal.
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Ural stone cutter Dmitry Emelyanenko

Frog. Jasper, eye of quartz, tiger eye. Art by Ural stone cutter Dmitry Emelyanenko

Frog. Jasper, eye of quartz, tiger eye, dolerite. Art by Ural stone cutter Dmitry Emelyanenko

For Ural stone cutter Dmitry Emelyanenko it was clear even in 1981, that stone cutting art would be his way of life. He chose to enter the local college, where he could study the specialty of stone cutting art. In the early 1990s, a master stone cutter Dmitry Emelyanenko together with other artists stone cutters organized a small company – “Yakhont and Co”. Their stone cutters worked in the traditional Russian genre, and their business was one of the first in Yekaterinburg in the early 1990s. In the late 1990s, Dmitry Emelyanenko left the company and organized his own artistic stone-cutting workshop. Since that time, the master stone-cutter Dmitry Emelyanenko will execute stone-cutting work in the genre of animalism. At the same time with working in his workshop, the artist participated in various art exhibitions – regional, national and international exhibitions of art of stone carving. Dmitry Emelyanenko received numerous diplomas for creative achievement in the art of stone cutting. In 2010 the artist was awarded the Order of stone cutter for outstanding achievements in the preservation and development of the best traditions of the Russian stone cutting art.
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Makedonska Ceramic Art

Bird in a tree. Makedonska Ceramic Art

Bird in a tree. Makedonska Ceramic Art

Makedonska Ceramic Art is a family business run by Bulgarian ceramic artists Blagovesta and Aleksandar Makedonsky. The artists have created a gorgeous collection of unique ceramic tiles. Their colorful ceramics – hand painted enameled tiles, wall clocks, figurines and sculptures. Ceramics, if not broken, can be stored for thousands of years! Any plate can be a message to eternity! Makedonska Ceramic Art unique tiles can be used anywhere – in the kitchen, as the wall plates; in the living room as a piece of furniture; in the nursery as a panel; in the bathroom as a set for washing, in the interior of cafes, clubs and restaurants as an art objects, and so on. Blagovesta and her husband Alexander live and work in Sofia, they exhibit their artworks throughout Bulgaria – in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, and sell their ceramic creations on Etsy (Makedonska Ceramic Art shop).
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