Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Cloisonne enamel by Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze

Collecting tea. Enamel, copper, painting, engraving. 1982. Cloisonne enamel by Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze, Georgia

Collecting tea. Enamel, copper, painting, engraving. 1982. Cloisonne enamel by Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze, Georgia

Cloisonne enamel by Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze
In the State Museum of Art in Georgia there is an interesting, memorable section dedicated to ancient metal-plastic, enamel, and jewelry. Long you can stand in front of a triptych, carefully considering the salary of gold, decorated with enamels of various ages, and of course, stunning jewels. While other exhibits eloquently talk about the heyday of ancient Georgia in plastic, metal and enamel art. And one of the leading enamel artists of the country is Mikhail Tsalkalamanidze. He used to come here, anxiously stopped before long been familiar icons, medallions, and salaries of ancient manuscripts. They noticeably helped in the study of the fruitful work of Georgian enamel artists, who developed national traditions, shared skill secrets, technology features and artistic techniques that have their roots in the distant antiquity.
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Nikolai Svyatitsky Photomosaic portraits

Maya Plisetskaya. Nikolai Svyatitsky Photomosaic portrait

Brilliant dancer Maya Plisetskaya. Nikolai Svyatitsky Photomosaic portraits

Maya Plisetskaya – a brilliant dancer, the whole epoch of the Soviet ballet. Photo mosaic Portrait assembled from 312 photos (1800 items) of the ballerina, her husband – composer Rodion Shchedrin, her partners – Nikolai Fadeyechev and Maris Liepa, her family and fans.
Moscow based artist Nikolai Svyatitsky – works in the technique of Photomosaic. He creates mosaic portraits of famous people, as well as ordinary people, working on commission. Nikolai doesn’t use Photoshop, and his art is not a computer-created type of montage (it would be too simple and uninteresting). He builds a mosaic of elements as a puzzle, that has been divided into tiled sections, each of which is replaced with another photograph that matches the target photo.
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Fine Embroidery art by Maria Vasilyeva

Fine Embroidery art by Maria Vasilyeva

Beatrice d’Este. Fine Embroidery art by Maria Vasilyeva

Handbag made of Italian velvet, color of cranberry juice. Decorated with a portrait of Beatrice d’Este, the lawful wife of Ludovico Sforza, work of Renaissance painter Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis (c. 1455 – c. 1508), about 1490. Fine Embroidery art by Maria Vasilyeva. Maria Vasilyeva is an artist by training, but once completed courses in embroidery and work with textiles in all its forms fascinates her the most. Marina is engaged in various kinds of arts and crafts using natural knowledge and skills in the field of art. The artist works in the technique of batik, beading, felting, embroidery, knitting, tapestry, design, painting, weaving, graphics. Maria is a talented master, whose fine workmanship and artistic taste is comparable with the old masters. Maria’s creations have a soul, which she puts into each of her creation, whether it is a purse, a brooch, or a panel. Maria lives and works in the northern capital of Russia – St. Petersburg.
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Agnes Herczeg macrame painting

Agnes Herczeg macrame painting

Stunning textile work. Agnes Herczeg macrame painting

Agnes Herczeg macrame painting
Born in the town of Kecskemét, Agnes Herczeg is a talented Hungarian textile artist. She graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 1997. While studying, she has learned many traditional handicraft techniques, from embroidery and lace-making to macramé, and weaving. Creating her works, Agnes uses only with natural materials – tree branches, roots, fruits, seeds, yarns, threads, textiles, which supplement in a single composition. They seem imbued with rays of light, their stories are unusual, the embodiment of elegance and harmony. Combining innovative techniques with traditional handicraft, Agnes has created one-of-a-kind art gallery. In particular, combining lace with various materials – ceramic, wood, and coconut shell. According to Agnes, lace-making is an extremely time consuming occupation. For example, it takes Agnes several days just to complete a small piece.
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Snow painting by Semyon Bukharin

Snow painting by Semyon Bukharin

Snow painting by Semyon Bukharin, Izhevsk, Russia

Early in the morning, when school children are still sleeping, school janitor Semyon Bukharin takes a shovel and a broom and starts cleaning the school yard from the new-fallen snow. The result is impressive. The school yard of Izhevsk lyceum # 27 looks like an art gallery with a new art installation. A true artist, who has lived in Semyon since childhood, and his creative nature have made the process of snow cleaning an art. His thankful fans – students of the lyceum have created an account on Instagram where they share his creativity with the whole world. Snow painting by Semyon Bukharin has made him an Instagram star. It’s a pity these beautiful paintings created on a fresh snow disappear in some hours. Semyon states that the drawings look best in the moonlight, when you can see the penumbra. From snow and ice Semyon also makes sculptures
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Wassily Kandinsky color theory

Comet, 1900 Painting. Wassily Kandinsky color theory

Comet, 1900 Painting. Wassily Kandinsky color theory

Wassily Kandinsky color theory
Experiments with color attracted the famous Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky since childhood. In his landscapes reality replaces the game of lines and color accents. In his book “Concerning the Spiritual in Art” (published in 1910), the artist describes his perception, attitude and feelings about color, one by one – from green, white, black to red, brown, crimson, orange and purple. “When perceiving a color image (pictures, articles) – one feels the direct physical impact. There is a feeling of joy, satisfaction or a sense of irritation, rejection. But there is also another effect of color – mental.
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Iris symbolism and painting

Iris symbolism and painting

Iris symbolism and painting. Iris Staten Island, Sable Night, Floral drawing by Australian painter Paul Jones (1921-1997)

Iris symbolism and painting. Iris got its name from the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, and was named in honor of the Greek goddess Iris, the patron saint of the rainbow, which descended from Olympus to the people in the seven-colored robe. Iris was known to the people for a very long time. The unusual structure of the flower makes it very attractive for artists. Iris inspired artists since the most ancient times: on the island of Crete the mural, located on the wall of the palace of Knossos, shows a priest, surrounded by blooming irises. The 4,000 year-old fresco of iris was found on Crete among the paintings of Knossos palace, built at the end of the III millennium BC. Iris adorned the arms of the city of Florence. The Romans named the town, surrounded by plantations of white iris, Florence, meaning “blossoming.”
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