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Category Archive: Painting

Batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

Batik scarf waxwings on the vine

Waxwings on the vine. Painting on silk by batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

Batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova, known as the Master Amarga – a professional artist, member of the Moscow Union of Artists. Yaroslava has become engaged in batik quite recently. Although her experience in painting on fabric has a couple of decades, but they were painting scenery and costumes for the theater and cinema. Few specifics, other materials and for other purposes – the screen, and, especially, the scene, that is much more conventional, and “clothes” can not be used in everyday life. But she wanted to move all this beauty into life.
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Romantic night illustrations by Hajin Bae

Romantic night illustrations by Hajin Bae

I miss you. Romantic night illustrations by Hajin Bae

Romantic night illustrations by Hajin Bae can’t leave anyone indifferent. Talented South Korean artist Hajin Bae (a.k.a. soulist-aurora) has changed a lot of jobs – copywriter, Ad Planner, public relations specialist, web designer, celebrity manager, before she began to sell her work at local art market in Korea. After some time, she became known as a local artist who had the opportunity to work for the magazine Seventeen – creating illustrations for the articles. Since then, Hajin Bae has collaborated with many publishing houses and magazines, advertising companies and record labels around the world. Hajin Bae graduated from Kaywon University of Art & Design in Korea.
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World of Art movement for theater

World of Art movement for theater

Konstantin Somov. Title Page for A. Blok’s book The Theater. 1907. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. World of Art movement for theater

World of Art movement for theater

In the history of Russian art, and in particular, the late nineteenth century was a period of creative innovation and a fundamental restructuring of form. Thus, in the 1890s, a generation of artists who radically revised almost the entire range of established tradition, opened a new chapter in Russia’s visual arts. The World of Art group, which gave rise to this forceful and influential movement, was formed in St. Petersburg in the early 1890s. In 19885, Savva Mamontov established his private opera company in Moscow, enlisting many prominent artists to work as theatrical designers. This laid the foundation for a new type of stage decor, having nothing in common with traditional stereotypes. All World of Art members were strongly attracted to the theater. Much later, in his memoirs, Benois admitted that throughout his life he worshiped the theater, that in his mind the concept of “artistry” was always associated with the concept of “theatricality”. The same is true of other World of Art masters who dedicated themselves to stage design and book illustration.
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Juriaen van Streeck vanity still life

Juriaen van Streeck vanity still life. Oil on canvas. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Vanity. Oil on canvas. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. Juriaen van Streeck vanity still life

Juriaen van Streeck vanity still life
For those who love to discover the hidden codes in paintings, any Dutch still life is a real find. In allegorical still life vanitas even the smoke from the pipe is not just smoke, but an ephemeral symbol of our hopes. Dutch still life – a corporeal admiration of the world. Even when the canvas depicts a luxury edibles and cups of wine, they are symbols of death and the transience of earthly life. Dutch Golden Age painter of still lifes Juriaen van Streeck (1632 – 1687) demonstrates such type of vanity of vanities, indicating the transience of life.
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Russian artist Grigory Kuznetsov

Russian artist Grigory Kuznetsov. Rain over the lake

Rain over the lake. Painting by Russian artist Grigory Kuznetsov

Russian artist Grigory Kuznetsov was born in 1959. He has been a member of the International Art Foundation since 2002 and the Artists Union of Russia since 2004. It is safe to say that the work of Grigory Kuznetsov combines “algebra and harmony” – namely, emotional and carefully tuned composite construction. Perhaps, that is due to the fact that the artist, who had in his luggage technical educations, graduated from the Surikov Art Institute in 1996. He is able to see the world through the eyes of both – physics and lyrics.
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Colored sand art by Ako Tsubaki

Portrait. Colored sand art by Ako Tsubaki

Portrait. Colored sand art by Ako Tsubaki

Osaka based artist Ako Tsubaki paints one-of-a-kind pictures using granulated colored sand. Ako Tsubaki is a sand painter with a lively and vivid imagination, which is quite obvious. The process behind the creation of these paintings is quite simple: “I spread glue on the canvas and sprinkle it with sand as it was intended. Sometimes mark out the contours of the future picture, and sometimes what I get – full Impromptu,” says the artist.
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Argentinian artist Norma Bessouet

Family Portrait, 2012

Family Portrait, 2012. Painting by Argentinian artist Norma Bessouet

Argentinian artist Norma Bessouet was born in Buenos Aires. The talented girl learned basic elements in painting and drawing in childhood. And it was her mother who taught Norma first steps in art. Norma Bessouet studied at a Manuel Belgrano Fine art school (1964) and Prilidiano Pueyrredon Academia of Visual Art, from which she graduated in 1967. Five years later she traveled to London to study graphic arts at London University of Fine Arts on the British Council grant. Norma lives and works in New York and Buenos Aires. She is a permanent participant of solo and group exhibitions in art galleries and museums of Argentina, the United States, Venezuela, Brazil, Spain, Cuba, Uruguay, England, and Sweden.
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