Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

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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Clintons Art Nouveau cards

Clintons Art Nouveau cards

Lady in blue. Clintons Art Nouveau cards

Clintons Art Nouveau cards
You probably saw lovely “Clintons” birthday Deco cards featuring a beautiful lady in 1930’s dress on them. But in fact, they are Art Nouveau cards, the style that appeared later. The style of Art Deco is characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes. Anyway, Clintons Art Nouveau cards are gorgeous – sparkling lady wearing a black or pink dress and fancy head dress embellished with glitter and silver foil text. In addition, the style was the first major artistic stylistic movement in which mass-produced graphics played a key role. And a key influence belongs to the Paris-based Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, who, by the way, created a lithographed poster, featuring Sarah Bernhardt.
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Exquisite Royal Crystal glass Moser

Royal Crystal glass Moser

Red and gold. Royal Crystal glass Moser

Royal Crystal glass Moser
Today, as 150 years ago, produced on its own unique formula, the exact composition of Czech glass Moser remains a strict secret. Exclusively hand-polished and engraved products and deep saturated colors, colored crystal – are the distinguishing features of the Moser brand. However, Glass masters do not just cut glass, but create real masterpieces of high artistic value. Meanwhile, Moser Glass Crystal is the best in the world for its artistic value, standard of quality, luxury and style. The beauty and extraordinary look of Royal Crystal glass Moser from the Czech Republic is undoubted. Indeed, even royal families, such as Queen Elizabeth II and the King of Spain Alfonso XIII appreciate it. In addition, the world-famous actors, in particular, Claudia Cardinale, Sophia Loren and Sylvester Stallone rated it. Besides, the articles of Moser Crystal glass ware, decorated with coats of arms and monograms of presidents and diplomats, always present at the reception of many heads of state.
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Ceramic story by Olga Semenovskaya

Twilight. Ceramic story by Olga Semenovskaya

Twilight. Ceramic story by Olga Semenovskaya

First of all, Ceramic story by Olga Semenovskaya, craftswoman from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, leaves nobody indifferent. Besides, each of these bright in fantasy figurines is unique, and done manually. “Ladybug, though she is just a girl, and is still small, but she knows how to fly”, says the author of the figurine. Indeed, nobody could imagine that the ladybug was not immediately a lady, and she once was just a little girl, even though she could fly. And no one could imagine Mermaid on wheels, or snail girls. What an incredible flight of fantasy! That’s what happens when the talent of an artist and a story-teller joins in the ceramics. By the way, Olga Semenovskaya is really a gifted writer, and an artist, that is why each of her creations is a charismatic character of an amazing story.
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Julia Latte coffee painting

Polar Bears. Julia Latte coffee painting

Polar Bears. Julia Latte coffee painting

Julia Latte coffee painting
No wonder that workshop of Moscow based artist Julia Latte filled with the smell of coffee, because she draws with it. Yes, she takes coffee, brush, paper and begins creating. However, she first began experimenting with coffee on paper in 2006. For some reason, she then could not drink coffee, and just to feel favorite flavor decided to try to draw with it. And now she can not stop. In addition, she is also experimenting with cocoa, chicory, vanilla and cinnamon. Sometimes, she combines coffee with watercolor. Meanwhile, Julia Latte is a happy wife, mother and a freelance artist. Since 2012, she belongs to the trade union of artists of Russia.
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Still life painter Oleg Timoshin

Aronia. Still life painter Oleg Timoshin

Aronia. Oil on canvas, 2015. Still life painter Oleg Timoshin

Still life painter Oleg Timoshin was born in the Far East of Russia. Born into an officer’s family, he spent his childhood in a permanent move. Meanwhile, studying in fourth grade, already in Smolensk, he remembers himself to paint with pleasure. And among his classmates he was the best in Art. As a result, on the advice of his teachers, he began to study at the local art school. Then, after finishing art school, Oleg entered the Belarusian State Theatre and Art Institute in Minsk (now the Academy of Fine Arts). Already as a student, he became interested in work of such artists, as Rodchenko, Vesnin brothers, Larionov, Mayakovsky and, in particular, Suprematism. Since 1993, his artistic career continued in Moscow. Besides, in 1995 Oleg became a member of the Moscow Union of Artists. In addition to the mentioned painters, Oleg Timoshin loves Pre-Raphaelite artists, Turner, Levitan, and Serov, and among Europeans – Goya, and Austrian artist Ernst Fuchs.
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Figurative painter Kristen Vestgard

Participants. Oil on canvas. Figurative painter Kristen Vestgard

Participants. Oil on canvas. Norwegian figurative painter Kristen Vestgard

Norwegian figurative painter Kristen Vestgard was born in 1976. In childhood she had dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. And the traces of her dream live in her paintings – slim women with their ephemeral appearance, as well as the mystic atmosphere in which they exist. Kristen Vestgard got her BA in Fine Art studying painting and drawing in Nordfjord, Oslo and Falmouth College in the United Kingdom. She successfully exhibited her paintings in art galleries in London and Norway. The artist as if has left a space for us to interpret the imaginative world of her paintings. In addition, her figures are always female, and they hide their inner world, emotions, thoughts and atmospheres. Besides, Kristen Vestgard compares them to “a diary with no words“. Kristen Vestgard lives with her family in a traditional wooden house in Norway. She is a member of union of Norwegian artists.
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