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Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev

Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev

Crocuses. 2004. Amethyst, citrine, nephrite, chalcedony, metal. Work by Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev

Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev
Born 10 April 1954, Viktor Vasilyev is a talented Nizhny Tagil artist-stone cutter, master of stone cutting art, who works mainly in the genre of floristics. A former geologist, head of the Vasilyev Stone-cutting Workshop. Awarded the Order of Denisov-Uralsky.
According to the master, the world of stone is familiar to him since childhood, because Nizhny Tagil and its surroundings are a real natural treasure. Participation in the work of the club “Polyus”, classes in the geological club and art studio helped Victor understand the scientific and aesthetic value of minerals. And further study in the geological technical school and at the Geological Faculty of Perm University is quite natural.
Professional miner Vasiliev worked in mines and lovingly collected minerals. To discover and show the beauty of minerals, for example, variegated jasper, it was required to master the methods of its processing, which he later applied in the decorative composition “The island of Buyan” (1995)

Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev

Dandelions. 2004. Material Rock crystal, jade, aventurine, jasper, metal. Work by Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev

In 1991, the “Vasiliev Workshop” appeared. The Stone Flower was the visiting card of the Workshop. Bouquets “from Vasiliev” got awards at prestigious exhibitions of various levels, including all-Russian ones. The source of stone floristry was the album about Faberge. In particular, Flowers from minerals, that struck his imagination and caused a desire to grow his stone garden.

Blue bells. Rock crystal, lapis lazuli, jade, metal

Blue bells. Rock crystal, lapis lazuli, jade, metal

Noteworthy, it took Vasiliev four years to create his first work “Violets” (1997). During this time, the master tested and developed a technology for making such things. After successful experience, a series of flowers in rock crystal vases with an optical effect of water filling – the “trompe l’oeil” technique appeared.

'Ilya Muromets' (folk hero). Aventurine, jade, jasper, obsidian, tiger's eye, marble, bloodstone, garnet - pyrope, chrysolite, metal

‘Ilya Muromets’ (folk hero). Aventurine, jade, jasper, obsidian, tiger’s eye, marble, bloodstone, garnet – pyrope, chrysolite, metal

Recently, having overcome the established stereotype “Flower in a Vase”, Vasiliev began to create compositions “Flower in the natural environment”. The first step along this path was the fragile “Snowdrops” (2001). The author’s luck was the amethyst “Crocuses” (the first image in this post). Also, effective “Dandelions” (2004) in the form of translucent matte white balls, inside of which, like small light bulbs, the sun shines on the yellow citrine pistils.

Frosty morning. 2009. Chalcedony, metal. Lingonberry 2008. Rhodonite, jade, jasper, vesuvian, metal

Frosty morning. 2009. Chalcedony, metal. Lingonberry 2008. Rhodonite, jade, jasper, vesuvian, metal

In addition, the “Vasiliev Workshop” produces office items: boxes in the technique of “Russian mosaic” and with fashionable overlays, ashtrays, candlesticks, fans from malachite and rhodonite. And for interior decorations – panels in the technique of “Florentine mosaic” and labor-intensive, requiring teamwork, countertops in the technique of “Russian mosaic”.

Dandelions. Rock crystal, jade, aventurine, jasper, metal

Dandelions. Rock crystal, jade, aventurine, jasper, metal

Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev

Autumn still life

Autumn still life

First flowers

Crocuses. Amethyst, citrine, nephrite, chalcedony, metal. Work by Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev

First snow

First snow

Forget-me-nots

Forget-me-nots

Garden flowers

Garden flowers

In the meadow. Amethyst jade vesuvian metal. Work by Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev

In the meadow. Amethyst jade vesuvian metal. Work by Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev

Irises

Irises

Lilies of the valley. Rhinestone, cachalong, jade, metal

Lilies of the valley. Rhinestone, cachalong, jade, metal

Lingonberry

Lingonberry

Pussy willow

Pussy willow

Rosehip

Rosehip

Rowan branch covered with snow

Rowan branch covered with snow

Rowan. Rock crystal, jade, carneol

Rowan. Rock crystal, jade, carneol

Sakura

Sakura

Summer

Summer plants

The island of Buyan (based on the folk tale). Jasper, metal

The island of Buyan (based on the folk tale). Jasper, metal

The legend of Artamonov. Agate - overflow, charoite, cachalong, jasper, marble, rhodonite, jade, granite, morion, obsidian, sard, bloodstone, aventurine, petrified tree, rock crystal, tiger's eye, metal

The legend of Artamonov. Agate – overflow, charoite, cachalong, jasper, marble, rhodonite, jade, granite, morion, obsidian, sard, bloodstone, aventurine, petrified tree, rock crystal, tiger’s eye, metal

White rose

White rose

Aquilegia. 2010. Jade, rhinestone, sapphirine, topaz, metal

Aquilegia. 2010. Jade, rhinestone, sapphirine, topaz, metal

Barberry. 2013. Jade, jasper, demantoid, rock crystal, metal

Barberry. 2013. Jade, jasper, demantoid, rock crystal, metal

Forget-me-not. 2011. Turquoise, jade, rhinestone, metal

Forget-me-not. 2011. Turquoise, jade, rhinestone, metal

Lilac. 2013. Transvaal jade, jade, rock crystal, metal

Lilac. 2013. Transvaal jade, jade, rock crystal, metal

Sakura. 2009. Rose quartz, jade, spinel, jasper, metal. Rosehip 2011. Jade, rhodonite, rock crystal, metal

Sakura. 2009. Rose quartz, jade, spinel, jasper, metal. Rosehip 2011. Jade, rhodonite, rock crystal, metal

Snowfall. 2007. Calcite, agate, carnelis

Snowfall. 2007. Calcite, agate, carnelis

Summer has come. 2009. Jade, rhinestone, metal

Summer has come. 2009. Jade, rhinestone, metal

Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev

Ural stone cutter Viktor Vasiliev

sources
magazine Platinum, 2004, 2014
malachit.ru