Art Kaleidoscope

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Russian Jewish painter Arnold Lakhovsky 1880-1937

Russian Jewish painter Arnold Lakhovsky (27 January 1880 - 7 January 1937)

Market Square in a provincial town. 1917. Russian Jewish painter Arnold Lakhovsky (27 January 1880 – 7 January 1937)

Russian Jewish painter Arnold Lakhovsky

Talented graphic artist, sculptor, and painter Arnold Lakhovsky (aka Aaron Berkovich Lakhovsky) was born in the town of Chernobyl of Russian Empire. In 1902 he graduated from Odessa Art College, where he studied in the studio of K. Kostandi and G. Ladyzhensky. Then he worked in the work shop of Maro in the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In addition, he attended art classes of Slovene realist painter Anton Ažbe (30 May 1862 – 5 or 6 August 1905), and worked in Worms (German city). In 1904 he came to St. Petersburg and entered the Higher Art School at the Imperial Academy of Arts. He studied in the studio of Ilya Repin (1907).
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Colorful painting by Shor artist Lyubov Arbachakova

Shor Madonna. 1995. Oil on canvas. Colorful painting by Shor artist Lyubov Arbachakova

Shor Madonna. 1995. Oil on canvas. Colorful painting by Shor artist Lyubov Arbachakova

Colorful painting by Shor artist Lyubov Arbachakova
Lyubov Nikitovna Arbachakova (nee Tudegesheva) was born, so to speak, at the right time and right place. God giving talents, immediately noticed her, walked straight up to her and gave many – a gift of word, colors and scientific knowledge. All these generous gifts God has combined with the incredible gift of a great soul.
Lyubov Arbachakova – Shor painter and graphic artist, poet, scholar and researcher of Shor heroic epic, candidate of philological sciences, a member of the Union of Artists (2005) and the Union of Russian Writers (1997). She was born May 1, 1963 in the heart of Mountain Shoria: in a small Siberian village of Anzass (Kemerovo region) among amazingly beautiful and majestic mountain taiga. She will carefully and skillfully transfer these colors on her canvases. And these colors produce the expected, and still unexpected effect. According to art critics and viewers of her personal exhibitions, her paintings radiate some kind of extraordinary energy and heat.
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Jewelry stone carving art by Anatoly Zhukov

Carl Faberge

Bust of Carl Faberge. Materials – quartz, malachite, jasper, silver. Metal work by P. Vetrov. Jewelry stone carving art by Anatoly Zhukov

Jewelry stone carving art by Anatoly Zhukov
Among contemporary genres in jewelry and lapidary art is not so much work on the stone sculpture depicting busts or people who were historical figures concerning the recent past. Very important is the accuracy and detail of the exterior of a human immortalized in stone. Remarkable Yekaterinburg master Anatoly Ivanovich Zhukov has created the cycle of historical busts in this “rare” stone-cutting art genre.
Anatoly Zhukov – Yekaterinburg artist stone-cutter and master of stone-cutting art restorer of the highest category. Honored lapidary artist, Commander of the Order of AK Denisov-Uralsky. Member of the Russian Artists’ Union (1995). He is one of the few jewelers who actively cuts stone, finding more and more new treatment methods and new forms.
The master’s works are kept in museums in Moscow (Russian Museum of Decorative-Applied and Folk Art), St. Petersburg (Hermitage), Tyumen, Chelyabinsk, Miass, Orenburg, Krasnoyarsk, Barnaul, Sergiev Posad, Kemerovo, Khanty-Mansiysk, Yekaterinburg and the Sverdlovsk region, in foreign collections (state and private), as well as in private collections in Russia’s cultural elite, including Vladimir Putin, and Dmitry Medvedev.
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Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting

Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting

Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting

Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting
In China, Rooster is considered the main symbol of the element Yang, and a carrier of many advantages. Male principle bird, Bird of Glory, meaning – vigilance, bravery, courage, foresight, and reliability. Rooster – the messenger of dawn, the sun and the symbol of spiritual rebirth. Rooster – the tenth symbolic animal of the Twelve Earthly Branches (Eastern Zodiac) and in the astrological sense – it corresponds to October, when in the ancient times in China made preparations for war.
In the work of Chinese contemporary artist working in the style of Guohua, Feng Yingjie roosters take honorable place. The image of the Rooster includes a number of different symbolic meanings reflected in the Chinese literature and philosophy.
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Vera Leontieva birchbark filigree art

A proud cockerel father with a chicken. Vera Leontieva birchbark filigree art

A proud cockerel father with a chicken. Vera Leontieva birchbark filigree art

Vera Leontieva birchbark filigree art

It seems that so familiar to everyone Birch bark – what new can be created from it, if everything is already invented? But talented people don’t seize to amaze us. Let me introduce you to a new name in the World encyclopedia of masters – Vera Alexandrovna Leontieva. She discovered a new method of birch bark processing and patented it. This method is called – birch bark filigree.
As a child, Vera Alexandrovna was always interested in art. Therefore, in 1971 she entered the school of metal processing art in the village of Red-on-Volga, near Kostroma. In those days it was the center of the jewelry industry in Russia. So, according to her education, Vera Leontieva is not just an artist, she is a jeweler.
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Dmitry Puchkov exquisite terracotta sculpture

Evening Solitaire. Terracotta, glaze, toning, modeling. 2009. Dmitry Puchkov exquisite terracotta sculpture

Evening Solitaire. (Zamoskvoretskaya Pomona). From the Russian Series. Terracotta, glaze, toning, modeling. 2009. Dmitry Puchkov exquisite terracotta sculpture

Dmitry Puchkov exquisite terracotta sculpture

Russian ceramic artist and sculptor Dmitry Puchkov was born in 1969 in Moscow, where he lives to this day. Member of the International Art Fund. Although he works with other ceramic materials (fire-clay, earthenware, porcelain), still, the basic material for his works the master chose terracotta. In modern sculpture terracotta particularly used as a material for sculpture of small forms, allowing to keep in the finished product the expressive conciseness and immediacy of live sketches. Working with terracotta, artists usually mold more conventional and less complicated sculptural forms, as the red clay is not porcelain, and much more fragile and all thin parts strive to break off from the main sculpture.
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Yuri Arsenyuk exquisite floral still lifes

Yuri Arsenyuk exquisite floral still lifes

Yuri Arsenyuk exquisite floral still lifes

Yuri Arsenyuk exquisite floral still lifes

Well-known and talented artist Yuri Arsenyuk has found his own way in art. In 1980s, new significant milestone for him becomes a study in the studio of Professor, People’s Artist of the USSR Ilya Glazunov, in Moscow State Art Institute of Surikov. Within its walls, and thanks to Ilya Glazunov, students learned the true classical school. There, the world famous artist gave them skills, great spirit of true art, and realism, which, like wings, help the artists fly. Thus, they focused on the great works of the Italian Renaissance, classic Russian and Western European art. Climbing the stairs of excellence, he, while still a student, creates portraits, landscapes, and exquisite floral still lifes. Yuri Arsenyuk – a member of the International Federation of Artists of UNESCO (1994), and Professor of the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. In addition, he is the head of art studio of Moscow State Academy of Surikov, created by Ilya Glazunov for the Study of Technology of the old masters of Europe and Russia.
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