Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Russian self-taught photographer Elena Shumilova

First meeting with a miracle. Russian self-taught photographer Elena Shumilova

Light in the house. First meeting with a miracle. 2015. Work by Russian self-taught photographer Elena Shumilova

Art by Russian self-taught photographer Elena Shumilova is a beautiful world filled with sun, divine light and gold color. Her photos are very vital, great, and a little nostalgic. They are about friendship and loneliness, love and the charm of nature.
An architect by education, Elena is a self-taught photographer. According to the photographer herself, after the birth of her second child, she began spending a lot of time away from Moscow, in a village in the Tver region. And then she had an irresistible desire to shoot and do it professionally. Her beautiful works are real paintings, with a unique coloring, game of light and color. She managed to convey emotional mood, and the most simple, but such important, moments of life.
Meanwhile, Elena spends half a year with her family in Moscow, and half a year in the Andreapol district of the Tver region on Lake Brosno, where she is engaged in farming. She has two sons – five-year-old Yaroslav and two-year-old Ivan. Therefore, the main “heroes” of most photos are Elena’s sons, as well as the “inhabitants” of her farm.
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Zara Merrick exquisite textile art

Colorful Owl, each feather hand stitched. Zara Merrick exquisite textile art

Colorful Owl, each feather hand stitched. Zara Merrick exquisite textile art

Zara Merrick exquisite textile art – colorful canvases depicting birds – from formidable owls to wavy parrots. Indeed, textile is a multifaceted material. And in the hands of the talented textile artist and jeweler Zara Merrick, the scraps of cloth are transformed into real piece of art with intricate detail. English artist and craftswoman Zara Merrick often uses old fabrics from her own collection, and constantly replenishes it with vintage and new fabrics from antique French and English fairs. However, according to Zara herself, it is embroidery that makes the product complete. “I like to feel how a piece of flat work turns into something tangible, filled with various textures and patterns”, she says. Meanwhile, it takes her about a month to completely finish such a panel about 70 cm high. But the result is definitely worth it! “Sometimes I myself am amazed at how I manage to create something like that,” Zara admits. Anyway, the love of creativity does not allow her to stop on what has been achieved.
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Russian doll master Natalia Lopusova-Tomskaya

Wonderful doll by Russian doll master Natalia Lopusova-Tomskaya

Wonderful doll by Russian doll master Natalia Lopusova-Tomskaya

Russian doll master Natalia Lopusova-Tomskaya is a mystery. How to buy her doll, is for certain unknown. They say you need to wait for months… And this despite the fact that she regularly conducts master classes, and her book is partially available on the Internet. She is a sorceress with papier mache with impeccable taste. Her dolls are elegant and recognizable. And in one single image she can create a Tale.
Natalia Lopusova-Tomskaya combines various materials, laces and beads. It gives the impression of a rich, exquisite costume that emphasizes the subtlety of the proportions of the body itself. The gamma of fabrics is usually almost monochrome or based on a combination of similar colors, creating a feeling of overflows, playing shades.
The characters of Lopusova-Tomskaya are fantasy creatures from other worlds, all sorts of elves, circus people, and sometimes – associative images. In their “communication” with the viewer these dolls are very delicate and benevolent, do not rush to “tell” about themselves, but are ready to “listen” to the interlocutor …. Just be extremely careful – you can not but get under the influence of her dolls!
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Central Asian ornamental ganch carving art

Central Asian ornamental ganch carving art

Isfandiyorxon Qabulxonasi, Xiva. Wall decor. Central Asian ornamental ganch carving art

Central Asian ornamental ganch carving art
Unique and diverse, Ganch carving is one of the unique and ancient arts of Uzbekistan. The art of ganch carving in Central Asia, and in particular Uzbekistan, represents a unique school in terms of artistic style and specific technical performance. As early as the beginning of the 20th century. On the originality of the art of carving in ganch, V.V. Stasov, wrote: “This is the purest Central Asia itself, which can not be compared with anything else from everything known in the world in terms of drawing and artistic forms.”
Indeed, ganch carving in the hands of a skillful master has become a work of art. Vegetable and geometric motifs prevailed in the ornamental structure of the art of carving on ganch. Perhaps, to this day, the Central Asian variety of gypsum – ganch would only serve as plaster for the walls and bonding material in the brickwork, if not the Uzbek masters creating ganch art since ancient times. As the Eastern wisdom says – it is not material that makes a thing priceless, but the skillful hands of a master.
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Camomile ceramic angels by Aram Hunanyan

Camomile ceramic angels by Aram Hunanyan. Angel with birds

Angel with birds. Camomile ceramic angels by Aram Hunanyan

Camomile ceramic angels by Aram Hunanyan
Armenian ceramic artist Aram Hunanyan has been working with clay for more than 20 years. He participates in numerous exhibitions, and his works are known not only in Armenia, but also in other countries.
The master has started to do his unusual daisy angels (as well as angels with other flowers) in 2011. The image of the angel appeared not at once, gradually, step by step. And now the angels made by Aram can be recognized immediately. These figures are 10 to 40 cm high, they are all distinguished by the disproportion of the head and body, but this gives them a special charm. These angels are a bit naive and thoughtful, kind and loving. Meanwhile, the angels remind me of icons, and the master has pure soul and spirit, and the space around him is harmonious – a beautiful, well-groomed workshop.
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Stefano Furlani Pebble mosaic paintings

Stefano Furlani Pebble mosaic paintings

Scream – Iconic painting by Norwegian Expressionist artist Edvard Munch made in pebbles. Stefano Furlani Pebble mosaic paintings

Stefano Furlani Pebble mosaic paintings
Born in Fano in the north of Italy, Stefano Furlani grew in a place famous for its beautiful sandy beaches and rocks. Since childhood Stefano walked along the beach, collecting rocks and created from them a variety of pictures. Now the artist shares his pebble mosaic paintings on his social page (Facebook), receiving lots of positive comments, likes, and, of course, new subscribers.
Meanwhile, Stefano Furlani is trying to pass the passion for pebble art to his son David. Besides, they both enjoy walks and finding stones with strange shapes or resembling something.
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Three-dimensional needle painting by Trish Burr

Beautiful Three-dimensional needle painting by Trish Burr

Beautiful bird. Three-dimensional needle painting by Trish Burr

Three-dimensional needle painting by Trish Burr

Talented artist-needlewoman Trish Burr lives in the capital of South Africa – Cape Town. The local nature is rich in flowers and birds, which was reflected in the works of Trish. Flower petals on her paintings seem to be fragile and weightless, and the birds wary and ready at any moment to fly away from the branch. This is three-dimensional embroidery, made in a special technique. The skillful embroiderer, whose level from simple needlewoman through hard work has reached the level of the Creator. Her flowers, birds and portraits look bulky as if alive. Works by Trish Burr are unique and recognizable, and they are always in high demand. Now it is mainly satin stitch, but she began to craft from cross-stitch, which her cousin was fond of.
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Russian Jewish painter Arnold Lakhovsky 1880-1937

Russian Jewish painter Arnold Lakhovsky (27 January 1880 - 7 January 1937)

Market Square in a provincial town. 1917. Russian Jewish painter Arnold Lakhovsky (27 January 1880 – 7 January 1937)

Russian Jewish painter Arnold Lakhovsky

Talented graphic artist, sculptor, and painter Arnold Lakhovsky (aka Aaron Berkovich Lakhovsky) was born in the town of Chernobyl of Russian Empire. In 1902 he graduated from Odessa Art College, where he studied in the studio of K. Kostandi and G. Ladyzhensky. Then he worked in the work shop of Maro in the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In addition, he attended art classes of Slovene realist painter Anton Ažbe (30 May 1862 – 5 or 6 August 1905), and worked in Worms (German city). In 1904 he came to St. Petersburg and entered the Higher Art School at the Imperial Academy of Arts. He studied in the studio of Ilya Repin (1907).
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Colorful painting by Shor artist Lyubov Arbachakova

Shor Madonna. 1995. Oil on canvas. Colorful painting by Shor artist Lyubov Arbachakova

Shor Madonna. 1995. Oil on canvas. Colorful painting by Shor artist Lyubov Arbachakova

Colorful painting by Shor artist Lyubov Arbachakova
Lyubov Nikitovna Arbachakova (nee Tudegesheva) was born, so to speak, at the right time and right place. God giving talents, immediately noticed her, walked straight up to her and gave many – a gift of word, colors and scientific knowledge. All these generous gifts God has combined with the incredible gift of a great soul.
Lyubov Arbachakova – Shor painter and graphic artist, poet, scholar and researcher of Shor heroic epic, candidate of philological sciences, a member of the Union of Artists (2005) and the Union of Russian Writers (1997). She was born May 1, 1963 in the heart of Mountain Shoria: in a small Siberian village of Anzass (Kemerovo region) among amazingly beautiful and majestic mountain taiga. She will carefully and skillfully transfer these colors on her canvases. And these colors produce the expected, and still unexpected effect. According to art critics and viewers of her personal exhibitions, her paintings radiate some kind of extraordinary energy and heat.
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Jewelry stone carving art by Anatoly Zhukov

Carl Faberge

Bust of Carl Faberge. Materials – quartz, malachite, jasper, silver. Jeweller (metal work) P. Vetrov. Jewelry stone carving art by Anatoly Zhukov

Jewelry stone carving art by Anatoly Zhukov
Among contemporary genres in jewelry and lapidary art is not so much work on the stone sculpture depicting busts or people who were historical figures concerning the recent past. Very important is the accuracy and detail of the exterior of a human immortalized in stone. Remarkable Yekaterinburg master Anatoly Ivanovich Zhukov has created the cycle of historical busts in this “rare” stone-cutting art genre.
Anatoly Zhukov – Yekaterinburg artist stone-cutter and master of stone-cutting art restorer of the highest category. Honored lapidary artist, Commander of the Order of AK Denisov-Uralsky. Member of the Russian Artists’ Union (1995). He is one of the few jewelers who actively cuts stone, finding more and more new treatment methods and new forms.
The master’s works are kept in museums in Moscow (Russian Museum of Decorative-Applied and Folk Art), St. Petersburg (Hermitage), Tyumen, Chelyabinsk, Miass, Orenburg, Krasnoyarsk, Barnaul, Sergiev Posad, Kemerovo, Khanty-Mansiysk, Yekaterinburg and the Sverdlovsk region, in foreign collections (state and private), as well as in private collections in Russia’s cultural elite, including Vladimir Putin, and Dmitry Medvedev.
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