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Central Asian ornamental ganch carving art

Central Asian ornamental ganch carving art

Isfandiyorxon Qabulxonasi, Xiva. Wall decor. Central Asian ornamental ganch carving art

Central Asian ornamental ganch carving art
Unique and diverse, Ganch carving is one of the most ancient arts of Uzbekistan and Central Asia. It represents a unique school in terms of artistic style and specific technical performance. According to V.V. Stasov, “This is the purest Central Asia itself, which can not be compared with anything else from everything known in the world in terms of drawing and artistic forms.”

Indeed, ganch carving in the hands of a skillful master becomes a work of art. Vegetable and geometric motifs prevailed in the ornamental structure of the art of carving on ganch. Perhaps, to this day, the Central Asian variety of gypsum – ganch would only serve as plaster for the walls and bonding material in the brickwork, if not the Uzbek masters creating ganch art since ancient times. As the Eastern wisdom says – it is not material that makes a thing priceless, but the skillful hands of a master.
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Camomile ceramic angels by Aram Hunanyan

Camomile ceramic angels by Aram Hunanyan. Angel with birds

Angel with birds. Camomile ceramic angels by Aram Hunanyan

Camomile ceramic angels by Aram Hunanyan
Armenian ceramic artist Aram Hunanyan has been working with clay for more than 20 years. He participates in numerous exhibitions, and his works are known not only in Armenia, but also in other countries.
The master has started to do his unusual daisy angels (as well as angels with other flowers) in 2011. The image of the angel appeared not at once, gradually, step by step. And now the angels made by Aram can be recognized immediately. These figures are 10 to 40 cm high, they are all distinguished by the disproportion of the head and body, but this gives them a special charm. These angels are a bit naive and thoughtful, kind and loving. Meanwhile, the angels remind me of icons, and the master has pure soul and spirit, and the space around him is harmonious – a beautiful, well-groomed workshop.
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Emmanuelle Moureaux Color Installations

She walks in colors. Forest of numbers. Emmanuelle Moureaux Color Installations

She walks in colors. Forest of numbers. Emmanuelle Moureaux Color Installations

Emmanuelle Moureaux Color Installations
Have you ever heard of the farmer who painted his cows green so that his cows might give him more milk? It is difficult to say whether he got more milk from his cows, but in a fact, color affects people in several ways. Back in the 1950s, the Swiss psychotherapist Max Lyuscher, the author of the famous color test, proved the influence of color on certain functions of the human body. Thus, a red color raises blood pressure, and the same blue color, on the contrary, soothes. Undoubtedly, wise approach to color in architecture and design have many possibilities. And realizing the importance of using color in everyday life, many creative people, including artists, architects and designers work in this direction.
Among the brightest and most talented designers, in particular, is the Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Moureaux, who creates unusually beautiful ideas of color application in interior and architecture. In her creative collection are several art installations, and the most notable – “Forest of Numbers”, “Christmas Forest in 100 colors”, “Color Of Time”, and “1000 colors recipe”.
Born in 1971, France, Emmanuelle Moureaux is living in Tokyo since 1996.
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Stefano Furlani Pebble mosaic paintings

Stefano Furlani Pebble mosaic paintings

Scream – Iconic painting by Norwegian Expressionist artist Edvard Munch made in pebbles. Stefano Furlani Pebble mosaic paintings

Stefano Furlani Pebble mosaic paintings
Born in Fano in the north of Italy, Stefano Furlani grew in a place famous for its beautiful sandy beaches and rocks. Since childhood Stefano walked along the beach, collecting rocks and created from them a variety of pictures. Now the artist shares his pebble mosaic paintings on his social page (Facebook), receiving lots of positive comments, likes, and, of course, new subscribers.
Meanwhile, Stefano Furlani is trying to pass the passion for pebble art to his son David. Besides, they both enjoy walks and finding stones with strange shapes or resembling something.
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Three-dimensional needle painting by Trish Burr

Beautiful Three-dimensional needle painting by Trish Burr

Beautiful bird. Three-dimensional needle painting by Trish Burr

Three-dimensional needle painting by Trish Burr

Talented artist-needlewoman Trish Burr lives in the capital of South Africa – Cape Town. The local nature is rich in flowers and birds, which was reflected in the works of Trish. Flower petals on her paintings seem to be fragile and weightless, and the birds wary and ready at any moment to fly away from the branch. This is three-dimensional embroidery, made in a special technique. The skillful embroiderer, whose level from simple needlewoman through hard work has reached the level of the Creator. Her flowers, birds and portraits look bulky as if alive. Works by Trish Burr are unique and recognizable, and they are always in high demand. Now it is mainly satin stitch, but she began to craft from cross-stitch, which her cousin was fond of.
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Russian Jewish painter Arnold Lakhovsky 1880-1937

Russian Jewish painter Arnold Lakhovsky (27 January 1880 - 7 January 1937)

Market Square in a provincial town. 1917. Russian Jewish painter Arnold Lakhovsky (27 January 1880 – 7 January 1937)

Russian Jewish painter Arnold Lakhovsky
Born in the town of Chernobyl of Russian Empire, Aaron Berkovich Lakhovsky was a talented graphic artist, sculptor and painter. In 1902 he graduated from Odessa Art College, where he studied in the studio of K. Kostandi and G. Ladyzhensky. Then he worked in the work shop of Maro in the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In addition, he attended art classes of Slovene realist painter Anton Ažbe (30 May 1862 – 5 or 6 August 1905), and worked in Worms (German city).
In 1904 he came to St. Petersburg and entered the Higher Art School at the Imperial Academy of Arts. He studied in the studio of Ilya Repin (1907). In 1908, Lakhovsky moved to Palestine for the summer holidays. Unfortunately, he fell ill, and spent a year in Jerusalem. As a result, for non-attendance of the St. Petersburg Higher Art School, by the Council decision of professors he was expelled from school.
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Colorful painting by Shor artist Lyubov Arbachakova

Shor Madonna. 1995. Oil on canvas. Colorful painting by Shor artist Lyubov Arbachakova

Shor Madonna. 1995. Oil on canvas. Painting by Shor artist Lyubov Arbachakova

Colorful painting by Shor artist Lyubov Arbachakova
Born May 1, 1963 in the heart of Mountain Shoria, Kuzbass region of Russia, Lyubov Arbachakova is a renowned Shor painter, graphic artist and poet. A researcher of Shor heroic epic, she is a candidate of philological sciences, a member of the Union of Artists (2005) and the Union of Russian Writers (1997).
She grew up in a small Siberian village of Anzass (Kemerovo region) among amazingly beautiful and majestic mountain taiga.
According to art critics and viewers of her personal exhibitions, her paintings radiate some kind of extraordinary energy and heat. Bright and sunny, almost all of her pictures have a plot. As it turned out, they are like the parable in paint, an unheard vision and a sense of peace. Her paintings require from the viewer an intuitive and emotional empathy, because it is the world of intimate confessional thoughts and feelings painted on canvas.

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