Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Russian artist Viktor Tormosov

Moonlit Night in Bogolyubov. Paintings by Russian artist Viktor Tormosov

Moonlit Night in Bogolyubov. Oil on canvas. Painting by Russian artist Viktor Tormosov

Russian artist Viktor Tormosov
Born 2 November, 1953 in the village of Elizavetinskoye, Stavropol Territory, Viktor Tormosov has been painting since childhood. He graduated from Krasnodar Art College and then the Kharkov Art Institute. A member of art club “Colorit” (since 1989), Viktor Tormosov is the follower of the classic Russian school of painting. The artworks created by talented artist took part in regional and inter-regional art exhibitions. In addition, he had a solo exhibition in the Vladimir Exhibition Centre of Union of Artists of Russia. Viktor Tormosov is a member of the Vladimir branch of the Union of Artists of Russia. Paintings by Russian artist Viktor Tormosov are in museums of Suzdal, Vladimir, Moscow and in private collections.
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Petrikovka onion art

Petrikovka onion art by Ukrainian food artist Tamara Bondar

Peacock in the tree. Work by Ukrainian food artist Tamara Bondar – Petrikovka onion art

Petrikovka onion art
Ukrainian food artist Tamara Bondar is fond of folk painting, and in particular, Petrikovka folk art. Called after the name of the village Petrikovka (in Ukrainian – Petrikіvka), it is the birthplace of the national craft. Traditionally, the local people decorated with Petrikovka folk painting nearly all objects of interior – from kitchenware to textile and furniture. Once, Tamara had an idea to decorate dishes of festive table (herring, salads, etc.) in a spirit of Petrikovka painting. However, she used an onion as the main “tool” of decorating dishes, also added carrot and all edible plants. This food art, called Petrikovka onion art, in Ukrainian language sounds like “Tsibulyana Petrikіvka”.
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Illustrator Morgan Davidson

Self-portrait. Illustrator Morgan Davidson

Self-portrait. Illustrator Morgan Davidson

22 year old artist illustrator Morgan Davidson has recently graduated from Ringling College with her BFA in illustration. Morgan Davidson is a traditional Illustrator focusing on conceptual portraiture, primarily drawn in colored pencil. She grew up in Southwest Florida and has always had a strong passion for drawing and an artistic career from a young age. The young, talented and beautiful American artist writes on her blog – “Through my years at Ringling I began to take my interest in nature and fashion and enthusiasm for portraiture and formed a body of work portrayed through vibrant color and rich detail. I aspire to build a career as a freelance artist, helping companies and individuals make their creative ideas come to life”.
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Miniature felted toys by Marina Nikitina

A dog in the snow. Miniature felted toys by Marina Nikitina

A dog in the snow. Miniature felted toys by Marina Nikitina

Miniature felted toys by Marina Nikitina
Russian artist of applied art Marina Nikitina, known as mariniki, graduated from the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry. She is a member of the Moscow Union of artists.
In Russia, and all over the world, there are lots of masters making miniature felted toys of wool. Many of them create wonderful toys, but few are able to achieve such artistic heights as Marina Nikitina. Marina is a great teacher and a true artist, running felting workshops. In addition to toys, she is a skillful jewelry designer and decorator. Besides, she conducts master classes, where she shares her practical skills, and creative experience.
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Russian artist Elina Forget-me-not

Crow in a tree. Painting by Russian artist Elina Forget-me-not

Crow in a tree. Painting by Russian artist Elina Forget-me-not

Russian artist Elina Forget-me-not
Born in the Estonian city of Tallin, Elina, known as “Forget-me-not”, is an icon painter and restorer. According to her biography, she graduated from two schools of art. First, in 2003, from the College of Applied Arts at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Second, in 2009 with honors from St. Petersburg State Art and Industry Academy named after A.L. Stieglitz (former “Mukhina Academy”). When Elina was a student of Department of Painting and Restoration at the Faculty of monumental art St. Petersburg Academy, she began working in the State Russian Museum. Meanwhile, her teacher was M.D. Uryupina. Besides, for five years, every summer she practiced in the Yaroslavl Museum-Preserve restoring icons. In addition to restoring works she gilded wood carvings, and polychrome wooden sculpture. The artist is now living in Borisovo, Moscow region.
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Chinese artist Wendy Ng

Female floral portrait by Chinese painter Wendy Ng

Beautiful female floral portrait by Chinese artist Wendy Ng

Chinese artist Wendy Ng
Easily recognized, paintings by Wendy Ng – female portraits against textured background. Hong Kong born artist Wendy Ng got her education in the United States, Belgium and the United Kingdom. According to Wendy Ng, she has always had passion for art. Besides, she studied in Wimbledon School of Art and Design and has experience of working in advertising and publishing companies. Wendy Ng paints in the traditional technique but takes her ideas further by experimenting with patterns and textures creating a balance between Real-life Art and Abstract Art. In particular, Wendy Ng captures beauty and femininity decorating it with floral background. With emotions captured in every face of her subjects, she is also able to create various patterns. They include geometrical art, leaves, rose petals, floral ornaments, spheres, pixels, squares, and many other shapes. The way she infuses these media into a luxurious form of portrait art is amazing indeed.
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Emma Fay body art

The human spider, painted on ultra-flexible model - contortionist. Body painting by British artist Emma Fay

The human spider, painted on ultra-flexible model – contortionist. Emma Fay body art

There is something frightening and at the same time appealing in the living sculptures of 27-year-old British artist Emma Fay. Body art in conjunction with the flexibility of acrobats and fantasy of the artist using water-based paints, a brush and sponge, is transformed into a beautiful work of art. It is not immediately possible to make out the human body in the picture. First you look at the landscape and suddenly begin to distinguish someone’s arm, or neck. Or you look into the eyes of an amazing bull, and it turns out that it is perfectly folded back. Lovely people, temples are and wonderful people-insects are.
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