Russian jeweler Dashi Namdakov
What do people like Putin and actress Uma Thurman, Gerhard Schroeder and country music star Willie Nelson have in common? The answer is simple: in the private collections of these people are kept works by talented Russian jeweler Dashi Namdakov. Dashi Namdakov was born in 1967, in the Siberian village of Ukurik, Chita region. He is a famous Russian sculptor, painter, jeweler, a member of the Union of Artists of Russia. Works by Namdakov are stored in the collections of the State Hermitage, the Russian Ethnographic Museum in St. Petersburg, the Museum of Oriental Art, in museums around the world.
The artist has participated in more than 15 solo exhibitions in Russia and abroad, including the well-known museums and galleries around the world. He was awarded the Silver Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts. Since 2004 lives and works in Moscow. In 2007 carried out the artistic design of the film “Mongol”.
Exhibitions of his work with great joy host the most serious galleries and museums. And then, in September 2008 in the gallery “House of Nashchokin” had to be held his jewelery exhibition. Two weeks before the opening of the workshop by Dashi robbers had stolen everything! Including the unique equipment, with which the artist created his masterpieces.
Can you imagine the state of the artist? – Shock – putting it mildly – described his feelings Dashi. “Perhaps someone really wanted to get my work in their private collection. Selling such jewelry on the market is difficult. They immediately catch the eye, which is quite risky. Fortunately, the entire collection was taken with the camera in detail. Photographs allowed the artist to re-recreate the lost treasures in the three months.
– To catch the show in January, I had to postpone my other projects – says the artist – of course, in some ornaments I’ve brought something new, so the collection was an updated version. Currently transformation happened. This updated collection of jewelry of amazing beauty was represented in the Gallery “House of Nashchokin.”
“His work – is East. But they resemble characters of “Star Wars” as well. His artwork is nothing more but a masterpiece”, wrote art critics in The New York Times, USA. “The sculptures and jewelry by Dashi Namdakov are full of tenderness and gentle humor … From them emanates mysticism and fairy tale world of ancient legends and epic tales.” International Jewelry magazine “Solitaire.” (Singapore), October / November 2004. “He creates beauty in the spirit of Picasso, and it is nothing other than the tradition”. Newsweek, June 21, 2004 Mr.
Dashi Namdakov fills every piece of jewelry collection with beauty, harmony of form and color. Combining centuries-old traditions of his ancestors – Darkhans with original modern design. Constructive solutions attract the attention and then “go away” to their own world of symbols of world culture.
“Darkhan” in Mongolian people – the master blacksmith, philosopher and magician. In the East, where Dashi was born, creating precious things to decorate the human interior home or ritual object was shrouded in mystery and magic acts accompanied by Darkhan, whose name is honored along with the names of the great teachers.
Natural disasters obeyed masters – metal, stone, fire, endowed with a special power of human exposure. Energy through Darkhan was transmitted to the future owners of jewelry. No wonder, the rich man – Khan, or prince differed from fellows wearing precious objects on clothing and in everyday life.
The formation of the style of the artist was influenced by upbringing in the family, life in the Trans-Baikal region. In many sculptures we see the reflection of religious themes. Unconditional recognition of art by Dashi Namdakov in the Eastern world was his solo exhibition in 2004 in New York City (House of Tibet). Not to mention a plaque mounted on the wall of Europe’s oldest Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg dedicated to his first abbot Aghvan Dorzhiev.
“His ideas are often born in dreams. His imagination and skills turn these visions into divine beings, spirits, mythical animals – phantasmagoric, fresh and modern, unique, unearthly.” Straits Times, Singapore.
Still, shamans (and even voodoo) are often mentioned by the audience who view the work of the artist.