Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Russian artist Olga Suvorova

Painting by Russian artist Olga Suvorova

Costumed characters in the interiors of different eras, unique painting by Russian artist Olga Suvorova

Russian artist Olga Suvorova was born in 1966 in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad). Olga Suvorova has created her own style of painting – lifestyle portraits of costumed characters in the interiors of different epochs. Her work is a nostalgia for the St. Petersburg “World of Art” movement with its retrospective and love of the 18th century. Olga is the daughter of the Honored Artist of the RSFSR Igor Suvorov. She graduated from the Academy of Arts of Ilya Repin in 1988. Olga Suvorova is the constant participant of art exhibitions in Russia and abroad. Her works are in private collections in England, America, Germany, China and other countries.
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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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Michael Sherrill ceramic art

Michael Sherrill ceramic art

Alma’s Weed. Michael Sherrill ceramic art

Michael Sherrill ceramic art

Born on 27 October 1954, self-taught master Michael Sherrill – recognized worldwide as one of the most honored and original masters of ceramics. He has lived in North Carolina since 1974, the state, known for its pottery tradition, which encouraged the development and training of traditional crafts. In 1974, he moved from his home in Charlotte mountains north-west, where he draws inspiration. In his work the sculptor uses clay, bronze, porcelain, glass. Michael conducts seminars, has developed a line of tools for potters and sculptors under the brand name “Mudtools”. At the present time – the board president of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. The Center is in service to advancing the understanding of craft and the field of materials-based arts both in practice and in academic settings.
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Vietnamese Rice grain painting

Vietnamese Rice grain painting

The map of the country. Vietnamese Rice grain painting

Vietnamese Rice grain painting
Talented artist Duong Huu Cuong has his own rice painting art studio ‘Ngoc Linh’ in Ho Chi Minh City, where alongside with him work 10 artists. The team of talented artists have been working on rice mosaics for more than ten years. The main subject of their art – portraits, traditional landscapes, animals. Each work of art begins with the choice of palette, which consists of basic four colors – white, yellow, brown and black. Rice grains are selected carefully according to colors and size. Masters can achieve subtle transition from one color to another by frying rice grains under the proper heat. Creating a beautiful rice painting requires lots of devotion and patience. It takes from six to twelve days to create a rice grain painting of 80cm x120cm. Of course, the larger picture, the more time is spent on it. Plots variety: .

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Forgotten genius Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Air. Forgotten genius Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Air. Forgotten genius Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Forgotten genius Giuseppe Arcimboldo
In fact, almost all the works of Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527 – July 11, 1593) are permeated with the spirit of innovation and rebellion against the existing laws of art and life. Infinitely gifted, brilliant Arcimboldo spent all his entire short life doing all available at the time creative activities. Undoubtedly, he was a great artist, engineer, scientist and designer. Besides, Arcimboldo huge personality is comparable with the great Leonardo Da Vinci. After the death, Giuseppe Arcimboldo was forgotten for a long four centuries, but revived by the efforts of the surrealists in the early twentieth century. And he immediately stood by the great Leonardo da Vinci, not inferior to him neither in the breadth of erudition, nor the universality of talent of genius.
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Min Klementiev stone painting

Min Klementiev stone painting

Red landscape. Min Klementiev stone painting

Min Klementiev stone painting
By cutting and polishing variegated stones, such as jasper, marble, porphyry, and layered chalcedony or agate, master stone-cutters reveal the amazing world inhabited by real and fantastic images of bizarre lines and spots. Lilac winter morning and red autumn sunset, blue silhouettes of snow-capped mountains and olive expanses of the steppes. Russian artist Min Klementiev from an early age loved the beauty of a polished stone. Original compositions, images, stories were constantly before his eyes. Gradually, the idea to create a painting of the stone from the beginning to the end by himself captivated him.
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Hermann Hesse landscape watercolors

Hermann Hesse landscape watercolors

Hermann Hesse landscape watercolors

Hermann Hesse landscape watercolors

Nobel laureate 1946, Hermann Hesse – one of the most widely read authors of the XX century. According to him, all his art was a “protracted attempt to tell the story of my spiritual development”, and “a biography of the soul.” And one of the main themes of the writer – the fate of an artist in a hostile society, and a place of true art in the world. Hermann Hesse began painting with great enthusiasm since the First World War. Meanwhile, being self-taught, the artist dabbled in different styles: from the naive art and modernism to the graphics. However, the main theme – landscape motifs in lush iridescent colors. Indeed, nature inspired Hesse and helped restore internal balance. Rich colors and soft light emanate from the pictures. As a result, longing for harmony and happiness, Hermann Hesse has created the most significant legacy of 3000 watercolors. His paintings transfer the rainbow colors and beauty of Ticino – his chosen dwelling place on earth where he lived from 1919 and until his death in 1962.
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