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Unique art of Perm wooden sculpture

Unique art of Perm wooden sculpture

Angel with a trumpet. XIX century. Sherya village. Unique art of Perm wooden sculpture

Unique art of Perm wooden sculpture
The age of a wooden man is a little longer than a human and much shorter than a century of its bronze and stone counterparts. Although equally threatened by fire and dampness, but on the other hand, it travels more easily, transforms, and renews. Besides, it is egalitarian, because wood is inexpensive and affordable, and anyone can learn the skills of a carver.
But Perm wooden sculpture is still a riddle. This unusually expressive art has no youth, neither is it ever old. It appeared at the turn of the 17th-18th centuries as a mature phenomenon. It quickly absorbs a lot of styles, tries a lot of various techniques. Also, it shows itself in all its splendor and bloom and disappears, not having had time to exhaust its possibilities. It has no canons, more precisely, it uses different canons, but as a whim, and not as a dogma.
Noteworthy, Perm wooden sculpture almost did not save the names of their masters, but in every detail bears the imprint of their individuality. Common features can be traced, even with ease – and disappear with the same ease. The only undoubtedly common feature for all works is non comformism. Rules exist to violate them. Aliens from the White Sea, immigrants from Polish churches, monochrome replicates of high classicism are accepted into this silent wooden fraternity without objection. But let’s start from the threshold and further: deep down and up.
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Protecting angels by wood carver Nikolay Shiroky

Protecting angels by wood carver Nikolay Shiroky. Family angel with one baby

Family angel with one baby. Wooden sculpture 23-26 cm. Protecting angels by wood carver Nikolay Shiroky

Protecting angels by wood carver Nikolay Shiroky
Angels that remind us the most important is the family. Mom, Dad and their baby. No matter, a baby or an adult, parents always want to hide him under the wing from all sorrows and difficulties, and the angel can do it. The angel can cover the whole family with wings and protect it.
Russian artist wood carver Nikolai Shiroky makes amazing angels from birch, oak, and other trees. Among these angel there are no similar, each is unique and waits for its owner. According to Nikolay, he simply can not help making angels – it’s not he who chose his work, but the work chose him.
Noteworthy, angels created by avant-garde artist Nikolai Shiroky have no face, but they have a mood. Everyone to whom they “fly away” from under the light hand of the master, believe that angels bring happiness. Traditionally, Nikolay created unique author’s works: furniture, boxes and other interior items. In fact, angels came to his life about four years ago, and, as the master himself says, it was a miracle. Engaged in wood carving for about 20 years, now in any piece of wood he sees an angel which he must create. At first Nikolai simply made angels as a hobby and gave them to people. And then the creation of angels from wood became his main work.
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Miniature painting by Gracemere Woods

Miniature painting by Gracemere Woods

Miniature painting by Gracemere Woods (artists Kimera Wachna and Yuichi Watanabe)

Miniature painting by Gracemere Woods
The creative duo of artists Kimera Wachna and Yuichi Watanabe work in their art studio “Gracemere Woods”, in Tarrytown, New York, USA. All their hand crafted art objects – home decor, illustrations, wood burned ornaments, necklaces, and jewelry are inspired by the beauty of nature and spirit of the forest. The artists work with such materials as Wood, Quartz, Amethyst, Maple, Pine, Cedar, Acrylic Paint. Each miniature painting on a cut down tree is one-of-a-kind, the product of harmony between a man and nature, intimate experience between the artist and the natural world. “For years I worked long monotonous hours in the city, in front of a computer, and felt like I was contradicting my very existence”, says the artist. Not long ago, Kimera Wachna and Yuichi Watanabe left their boring office work to start creating home decorations – their first works were miniature ink paintings and wood-burned pieces.
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Tsekunovka filigree wood art

Tsekunovka filigree wood art

Unique Tsekunovka filigree wood art

Tsekunovka filigree wood art

According to the existing in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra of Moscow State literature, the Reverend Ambrose of Trinity was a carver who worked in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra in the XV century. He decorated with wood chips salary of icons and these icons still decorate the Zagorsk Art Museum-Reserve.
Meanwhile, such unique filigree wood art impressed and influenced another talented artist – Vladimir Tsekunov (19 July, 1951 – 01 April, 2008).
The desire to master this fabulous technique, and to bring it back to life made him literally sleepless. And in 1990 this dream came true. Vladimir Tsekunov opened his own workshop, where he started working enthusiastically, and at the same time, shared his knowledge with his students. Unfortunately, in spring 2008, Vladimir Tsekunov died. However, the master passed the unique technology to his students. So, his disciples continue to create highly artistic works, which today adorn galleries, exhibition halls, museums, private collections and official offices of prominent statesmen, political and religious leaders of the world.
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Russian Matryoshka art

Russian Matryoshka art

Troika. Russian Matryoshka art

First of all, Russian Matryoshka art is a tribute to the Russian culture. Indeed, handpainted doll with a Russian soul is the great cultural heritage of the country. However, Wooden Matryoshka dolls are famous not only because they can be put into each other like boxes for gifts. Each Matryoshka doll has a unique face and even character. According to one legend, these dolls appeared two thousand years ago, and are mentioned in the ancient Indian epic. And, then, to paint the dolls manually started during the time of the Trojan War. According to another legend, if you put a wish note into it, it will come true.
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Guinness Records wooden sculpture

Guinness Records wooden sculpture by Chinese master Zheng Chunhui

The longest in the world – Guinness Records wooden sculpture by Chinese master Zheng Chunhui

Guinness Records wooden sculpture
Chinese master Zheng Chunhuiwho has built the longest wooden sculpture in the world. And the Official certificate of the Guinness World Records recognized the fact. His sculpture made of solid wood 12.2 meters long, and 3.075 meters high. Meanwhile, Zheng Chunhui worked on his amazing sculpture for about 4 years. And those who have seen it with their own eyes, in one voice assured that it was worth it. So, the sculpture is something more than a sculpture made of wood. This massive sculpture looks really amazing – 12 meters of wooden trunk with carved villages and forests, rivers, boats, animals, and human figures – no less than 550 of them.
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Realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert

Realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert

Looking as a white bedsheet. Realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert

Incredibly realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert resemble paintings of Renaissance masters. Have you ever seen a floating book, or floating cards, or even a floating rock, or just a magic made of wood? Genius of sculpture, Art professor Tom Eckert from Arizona State University carves hyper-realistic sculptures – fabrics that look silky smooth to the touch, and fruit that look ripe for eating. And all these sculptures he made entirely out of wood. The professor carves, turns, bends and laminates wood to look like fabrics, glass, stone and fruit. Then, he applies waterborne lacquer paint with spray guns and brushes. According to the master, the woods he prefers working with are basswood, linden and lime-wood, because they are good and stable for carving and painting. In addition, the professor explained that coming from a painting and drawing background, he is still interested in applying some of those techniques to his sculptures.
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