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Traditional Khokhloma painting

Traditional Khokhloma painting

Design of the traditional Khokhloma painting

Traditional Khokhloma painting
A unique phenomenon in world culture, Khokhloma painting is a traditional Russian art, found nowhere in the world. Originated from the Volga, Khokhloma painting received its name after one of the villages in the Nizhny Novgorod region – Khokhloma. Meanwhile, in the second half of the XVII century, after church reforms Old Believers seeked refuge in these places. And among them were painters, thanks to whom appeared Khokhloma painting.
Then the painting of icons used the technology of painting background in golden color. Meanwhile, craftsmen used gold and silver powder, that was cheaper. After painting, the master coated the icon with linseed oil and baked in the oven. As a result, the background achieved golden color. That’s the alchemy! And the similar technologies masters used in Khokhloma painting. However, instead took the silver tin powder, and the result was the same – the products became sun-gold. Undoubtedly, such dishes were worthy of the king’s table, also affordable to simple people.
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Hyperrealist artist Ivan Hoo

Bunny. pastel on wood. drawing by Singaporean Hyperrealist artist Ivan Hoo

Bunny. pastel on wood. Drawing by Singaporean Hyperrealist artist Ivan Hoo

Hyperrealist artist Ivan Hoo
These photo-realistic drawings on board can make any viewer speechless. Indeed, it’s difficult to believe that these portraits, animals, and objects in front of you are drawings. Young and talented Singaporean artist Ivan Hoo creates exquisite hyperrealistic drawings using pencils and pastels on a wooden surface. The artist has found a way to keep the color of pastel vibrant after fixing on board. Ivan Hoo shares his incredible art on social websites, like Facebook, twitter, tumblr, deviant-art, YouTube, where he has lots of subscribers, admirers and followers. Currently, his brilliant photo-realistic drawings appeared in Art Speaks Studio in Singapore.
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Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

19th century dish “Mermaid”. Hand-painted in the style of Russian Art Nouveau. Dish with the effect of craquelure, on the back side of the dish is an old patina. Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

According to painter and restorer Albina Ustyugova, she has been working in traditional wood painting for over 20 years. Interested in the Byzantine and Old Russian ornament, Albina Ustyugova loves Russian nouveau, paints and ages new things. In her art gallery – lots of vintage items that master restores and paints. These are unique everyday objects: spinning wheels, Rubel, rocker, dishes, collars, pail and other rustic utensils.
Albina Ustyugova is an architect, member of the International Art Fund. She has participated in exhibitions in Russia and abroad. Her works are in private collections around the world. Albina has a wide variety of styles of traditional Russian painting: Boretsky, Permogorsky, Mezensky, Gorodetsky, and many others.
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American artists Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth

American artists Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth

America the beautiful. 2009. Color Woodcut Print on Ivory Somerset Paper. Artwork by Pittsburgh based artists Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth

American artists Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth have been working together for eight years. Pittsburgh team of artists are known as Tugboat Printshop, specializing in woodcut fine art print editions of beautiful landscapes. To make the woodcut prints, the artists carve their images (drawn by just the two of them) in low relief on blocks of birch plywood. After the blocks have been carved, they are rolled up with ink and printed onto archival fine paper to create the finished artworks. Paper is placed on the inky woodcut surface and the paper & block are sent together through the press. The prints are authentic, handmade start-to-finish. The woodblock is used to make limited edition color prints. The creative artists hope that their woodcuts will provide pleasure, inspiration, and new ways of thinking about the world.

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Joey Richardson delicate wood carving

wood carver Joey Richardson

Delicate wood carving by British artist Joey Richardson

Joey Richardson delicate wood carving can be compared to Wooden lace. British artist and woodcarver Joey Richardson grew up surrounded by trees on a small farm within the heart of Twigmoor Woods in Lincolnshire, England, where her love for wood, nature, fauna and flora developed. Wood-turning is one of our oldest and most traditional crafts, which Joey feels passionate to keep alive. She teaches and gives demonstrations of turning, piercing, painting and texturing in the UK and the USA, inspiring others. Joey Richardson has exhibited her work at major exhibitions in the UK and the USA, including the prestigious SOFA expo in New York and Chicago. She has won many medals and prizes for her beautiful woodturning, including awards in the Worshipful Company of Turners’ competitions.
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Decorative wood art by Anatoly Obelets

WINDOW (first snow). Decorative art by Ukrainian artist Anatoly Obelets

WINDOW (first snow). Decorative art by Ukrainian artist Anatoly Obelets

Decorative wood art by Anatoly Obelets. WINDOW (first snow). The work is done in the technique of marquetry, material – a monolith pine. Ukrainian artist Anatoly Obelets was born in May 1960, in the German Leipzig (his father was a military). Among Anatoly’s many serious hobbies are military history, the search operation in the wake of World War II hostilities, regional studies, journalism, but passion for wood carving was favorite. Technique – slotted bulk mosaic. Preference is given to not not quite traditional classical wood carving – pine and larch.
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Ganesha in Indian art

Ganesha in Indian art

Tryakshara Ganapati in Delightful Disposition. Brass Sculpture

Ganesha in Indian art. Ganesha is a popular religious figure in Indian art. He is portrayed standing, dancing, taking action against demons, though having a playful behavior. Ganesha has the head of an elephant and a human body with a big belly. He has four arms, sometimes more. Ganesha carries various weapons, but is not known to have ever used them. The earliest known stone statue of Ganesha with an inscription dated to 531, found in northern China. In Japan the Ganesha cult was first mentioned in 806. Statues of Ganesha are found in Hindu art of Java, Bali, Borneo, Burma, Cambodia, Thailand. 5th century image of Ganesha was found at Gardez, Afghanistan. In Buddhist Thailand, Ganesha is regarded as a remover of obstacles, the god of success.
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