Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Marc Chagall Stained Glass windows

Marc Chagall Stained glass windows

Marc Chagall Stained Glass windows

Marc Chagall Stained Glass windows
Noteworthy, Chagall lived for nearly one hundred years, and 80 of which he had spent creating a fantastic world full of biblical legends, people and things around him. It is a story interspersed with reality, past and present. Chagall charmed all with his beautiful poetic works, soft and fabulous images. Meanwhile, since the late 1950s, Chagall has made a lot of stained-glass windows for Catholic churches, Lutheran churches, synagogues and other public buildings in France, Italy, USA, Israel, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
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Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Tiger Lily, 2011. Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Tiger Lily, 2011. Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky
First of all, such realism is the result of the deep knowledge of the subject. According to Tatyana Yanishevsky, she taught herself how to knit, dissected flowers and studied their anatomy in textbooks and greenhouses. She explains it like that: “It was a knitting challenge to create those forms, to have them be three-dimensional and puffed out where they needed to be”. Born in the Soviet Union, talented self-taught American artist Tatyana Yanishevsky is the Biologist by education (Brown University). Of course, this helps her reproduce anatomically correct botanical forms in yarn, in her studio in Providence, RI. And her featured artwork “The Knit Garden” includes hand-knitted flowers and plants, created in a variety of fibers, colors, and stitches. Meanwhile, the incredible reality of knitted plants is seen in various organs and every detail of the plant. Besides, the knitting process, stitch by stitch, conceptually mimics plant growth. Her sculptures vary in scale and range in form and style from realistic to abstraction.
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Rainy city – Photo art by Eduard Gordeyev

Rainy city - Photo art by Eduard Gordeyev

Autumn rain in St. Petersburg. Rainy city – Photo art by Eduard Gordeyev

Rainy city – Photo art by Eduard Gordeyev
There are times when the art world seems like a religious empire. There are great cathedral galleries and pilgrimage sites where treasured art pieces are displayed like holy relics, and this can certainly be a great pleasure on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Michael Leunig.
Talented St. Petersburg based photographer Eduard Gordeyev creates completely unique photographs, resembling oil painting. These unusual photos show us the life of large European cities St. Petersburg and Lisbon on rainy days. These works of photo art are filled with a certain melancholy, but it’s a nice feeling. Rainy weather, going about their business townspeople, cars and public transport – all these characters are in his photographs. The unusual style of photography brought Eduard Gordeyev some popularity among fans of photography, his pictures of urban landscapes are very different from the works of other famous authors.
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Exquisite Porcelain art by Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Exquisite Porcelain art by Irina Zaitceva

Female portrait on a butterfly winged cup. Exquisite Porcelain art by Irina Zaitceva

Exhibited in St. Petersburg Hermitage, Exquisite Porcelain art by Irina Zaitceva is, without doubts, a recognized talent of the master. Her truly unique and beautiful art consists of fairy-tales and mythical illusions, celebrating Her majesty Nature.
Born in 1957 in Moscow, Irina Zaiceva graduated from Moscow Art Institute in 1982, specializing in Book Illustration. However, at the age of 33 she, with her family, emigrated to the United States.
Began experimenting with ceramic sculptures immediately after graduation, her work earned popularity through the use of unique techniques. In particular, all of her works created with the use of high-fire porcelain, and over-glaze, and under-glaze colors, as well as 18K or 24K gold luster. In addition, it is the love for the smallest details. And according to the artist herself, she begins creating sculpture without knowing how the story ends.
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Armenian artist Martiros Manoukian

Painting by Armenian artist Martiros Manoukian

A girl with a mask. Painting by Armenian artist Martiros Manoukian

Armenian artist Martiros Manoukian
“I was born an artist. God gives each of us something at birth. A person doesn’t become an artist – he is simply born an artist, and I’ve always believed in myself”. Martiros Manoukian
Born on August 5, 1947 in then the Soviet Union, he began painting at an early age. Accordingly, after secondary school he entered the Yerevan Academy of Art (1967). In addition, Martiros also studied fine art in Moscow and Leningrad academies.
First of all, Martiros represents the rich culture of Armenia, Russia and the USSR. By the way, in the USSR, he flourished not only as a painter, but also as a designer. However, since 1987 the artist lives in Los Angeles, the United States.
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Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Wasteland. Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Wasteland. Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives
Chinese artist from Beijing has made an incredible series of knives with elaborately carved figures out of the blades. Openwork pattern is if grows of metal: frozen for an instant family of deer, flying eagle, and a shooter, hiding behind a tree. In short, the skilful hand of the master turns ordinary kitchen knives into works of art. Meanwhile, a special attraction is due to the contrast between the heavy metal blades and almost weightless figures created out of their bases.
Born in 1974 in Jilin province, China, Li Hongbo graduated from Fine Arts Department of Jilin Normal University (1996). Besides, in 2002 he completed a course of Folk Art Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. Li Hongbo is a member of Experimental Art Committee of Chinese Artists Association.
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Prayer Nut wood carving art

Prayer Nut wood carving art

A small boxwood orb decorated inside and outside with carving on religious themes – Prayer Nut wood carving art

Prayer Nut wood carving art
First of all, to produce such a prayer nut required considerable skill. Within the scope of the concave a skillful master carved miniature stories about the life of Christ and his apostles. Noteworthy, the width of a “nut” was no more than 3-5 cm in diameter. And to add flavor to patterns the artist added leaves of spice plants or aromatic oil. Undoybtedly, every Prayer Nut is a true work of art. Only the very rich could afford to order such a pocket-like altar. Therefore, possession of “prayer nuts” underlines the high social status. Designed to be worn on a rosary or belt these orbs could be used for private devotion. In particular, when its wealthy owner traveled. Therefore, they were known as rosary beads or prayer nuts.
The skill of medieval craftsmen still amazes. Every detail of the composition conceived and executed with maximum precision. These exquisite Prayer nuts adorn exposures of the world’s leading museums. Among them the British Museum in London and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Louvre. A few years ago at an auction one such nut was sold for 133,250 pounds.

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