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Nizar Ali Badr pebble stories

Nizar Ali Badr pebble stories

The tragedy of Syria refugees. Nizar Ali Badr pebble stories

Nizar Ali Badr pebble stories

Talented and without doubts, creative sculptor Nizar Ali Badr expresses his thoughts through the ordinary media which can be found just under feet – pebbles. It is naturally for the artist living in a port city of Syria – Latakia, to work with rocks and stones. Taking into consideration the difficult situation that has developed in his country – war, refugee movements, great outcome and suffering of the people, and the loss of loved ones – all this could not but affects the work of the Syrian sculptor. He skillfully recreates the events taking place in the country through pebbles. Here, in the ancient city of Latakia he transmits the pain of the people who have to die, to suffer, to leave the country. Nevertheless, there is a hope for the revival of the country, and the return of human values, such as love, home, and family. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any biographical information about the artist.
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Plasticine fairy tale by Anastasia Volkova

Plasticine fairy tale by Anastasia Volkova

Colorful Cat from the fairy tale “The Scarlet Flower”. Plasticine fairy tale by Anastasia Volkova

Plasticine fairy tale by Anastasia Volkova
Creative people find new ideas to express their talents and skills. Ordinary plasticine turns into a real work of art in their hands. For example, young and beautiful Anastasia Volkova, native of Orenburg, who has created a stunning work on the fairy tale of ST Aksakov “The Scarlet Flower”. Graduate of the Orenburg State University, Anastasia Volkova used one hundred boxes of plasticine to create unusual paintings. Plasticine fairy tale by Anastasia Volkova – illustrated tale “The Scarlet Flower”, diploma work of her, as a student of the Faculty of Architecture and Construction of Orenburg University. After reading a story, she identified eleven major scenes, bought a cardboard measuring 30 by 60 centimeters, five packs of clay (then Nastya had no idea that it would take twenty times more!) and started to work. The first work took a month, the last picture was made for a few sleepless nights. The most difficult was to portray the face and emotions.
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Plasticine painting by Tatiana Barinova

Christmas. Plasticine painting by Tatiana Barinova

Christmas. Plasticine painting by Tatiana Barinova

Plasticine painting by Tatiana Barinova
From a distance, her artworks look just like oil paintings on canvases. But get closer, and you will notice Tatiana’s works are made of something that will probably seem quite familiar to you: plasticine, a modelling clay popular with children. The talented Ukrainian artist explains that she turned to Plasticine because of her four children. Tatiana Barinova has created a series of Plasticine paintings “Calendar”, “Holidays”. These colorful pictures are made in bright folklore style – Christmas compositions, angels, Easter birds, spring holidays, winter landscapes, scenes from everyday life. Tatiana Gennadievna Barinova is a professional graphic artist. In 1991 she graduated from the Kiev Institute of Printing named after Ivan Fedorov (Department of graphic, artistic design and illustrating books). She works in different techniques: drawing, painting, small plastic (clay). The art works by Ukrainian artist Tatiana Barinova are in private collections in Ukraine and abroad.
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Turkish watercolorist Rukiye Garip

Autumn leaves by Turkish watercolorist Rukiye Garip

Autumn leaves. Painting  by Turkish watercolorist Rukiye Garip

Turkish watercolorist Rukiye Garip was born in 1964 Bartin. In 1985 she graduated from Painting department of the Vocational School of Gazi University. After graduation, Rukiye Garip worked as a stylist. She tried her hand in a pottery workshop. In 1987 she opened a ceramics workshop with a group of friends. In 1989, Rukiye Garip started working as an art teacher. She retired after having served 20 years in different cities and schools. Garip continues her studies in Balikesir still painting in her own workshop. Rukiye Garip draws realistic pictures in her favorite medium – watercolors. The main subject for her art – the beauty of Nature, which, according to the artist, is rapidly disappearing. The artist pays much attention to the details. She says: “I think that the main distinguishing feature is hidden in the details”. In her painting, Rukiye Garip uses blue and green, as the preferable colors creating the calming effect.
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Art Nouveau Glass maker Emile Galle

Vase by Art Nouveau Glass maker Emile Galle

Black Vase by Art Nouveau Glass maker Emile Galle

Art Nouveau Glass maker Emile Galle
Born in Nancy, France, in 1846 Emile Galle was a leading initiator of the Art Nouveau style and the modern renaissance of French glass art. Galle developed a special technique of making decorative vases made of laminated glass, which came to be called by his name – “Galle”. Galle – a unique personality, extremely talented and educated man, who gave his name to a direction in the development of arts and crafts.
Emile Galle was both scientist and botanist, chemist, writer, artist and philosopher. In the mid-seventies of the XIX century Galle led the family company of parents, producing mirrors, glass and ceramics. World fame came to Galle for his famous style of unmatched vases. Galle Glass for over one and a half centuries, enjoys extraordinary popularity not only among art connoisseurs, but also lovers of fine interiors and comfort.
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Daniela Wolf pencil drawing

Girl in the water. The girl is the German model Hana Nitsche

Girl in the water. The girl is the German model Hana Nitsche. Daniela Wolf pencil drawing

The tools Daniela uses for drawing these awesome images – colored pencils. It takes her only 2-3 days to complete the drawing. Talented German artist Daniela Wolf (nicknamed Svera) creates beautiful hyper realistic portraits with pencils, that look like photographs. In her art gallery – portraits of celebrities, fantasy drawings, still life and movie scenes. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any information on the biography of the artist, except the fact that she enjoys writing, mostly fantasy novels and science fiction short stories.
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Belarusian artist Anna Silivonchik

Wedding. Oil on canvas, 2014. Painting by Belarusian artist Anna Silivonchik

Wedding. Oil on canvas, 2014. Painting by Belarusian artist Anna Silivonchik

Belarusian artist Anna Silivonchik is one of the most prominent personalities among young Belarusian painters. Working in extremely distinctive style, the artist has created a special world, referring to the very archaic layers of culture, while maintaining a clear link with the art of the twentieth century. Thus, the source of the artist’s aesthetic guidelines is in fantastic realism of Chagall, naive art of primitives of the early twentieth century, and the local arts and crafts, and of course, folklore. A variety of characters – children, lovers, people, animals, birds, angels, lions and mythological creatures – unicorns, sirens, dragons – inhabit a peculiar and unreal world of Anna Silivonchik.
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