January 7, 2020 / 23:46
Je pourrais bien brouiller les pistes
Changer cent milles fois de visage
Rayer mon nom de toutes les listes
Et m’effacer du paysage…
sings Keren Ann in a beautiful song of Abd Al Malik. I love French rap songs, Yann Tiersen, Louise Attaque, Syrano, Stromae. For a long time my favorite artist was Toulouse Lautrec (still love). I am a big fan of French children books illustrators, comics, instagram blog «Desserts in Paris» (where are desserts and fashion shoes in the same style). I like French lightness of being, graffiti, beautiful combinations of words, that make everything sounds like a poetry. Movies: «À bout de souffle», «La Haine» («Le plus dur c’est pas la chute, c’est l’atterrissage»), «The Dreamers» (well, it is by Bertolucci, but still), I have huge Jules et Jim’s poster in my bedroom. The list what I love about France can be long, long, long.
And tomorrow! my works are participating in exhibition in France, I am proud and happy, and wish I could go.
«Amoureusement Papier» in Gallerie Les Souliers Rouges in Clisson, France, and will last from January 8 till March 29.
April 22, 2019 / 12:47
Few months ago I’ve decided to turn an old barn in our garden into my studio. After weeks of renovation (mostly made by nice and skillful guy Roman), yesterday was the first day at my working place! I love it so much! This place has everything I like — a lot of space, a huge garden window, a sofa so I can host my creative friends when they come to visit, storage shelves, easel, colors, my computer and cool lights i can adjust.
April 5, 2019 / 14:40
* sponga — Hebrew slang for sponging the floor
April 5, 2019 / 14:01
«If only you knew out of what trash poems grow»…
With some of my works I feel like a dj, mixin everything I like in one place. Here a pumpkin by Kusama Yayoi, one of my favorite Japanese Artists, can be easily recognised:
But this work actually is inspired by another artist, Boris Kustodiev. He worked in the beginning of 20th century in Russia, drawing festivities, fairs, bazars and happy life of the middle class, known as a talented, but a «bad taste» artist. His worked considered often as too sweet, to decorative and looked often more like illustrations that as a serious art. Kustodiev told about his works, that they should’n be seen as naturalistic, but as illustrations of an illusionary world he created from natural elements.
He made series of merchant’s wives (The first one is my favorite):
September 27, 2018 / 22:00
August 9, 2018 / 23:18
I take part in Documenta 1, the multi-art exhibition in Froots gallery in Shanghai, and I was asked to tell some stories behind my art. Sometimes when I tell my stories people are disappointed, because they have their own stories and connections. So I usually more curious to ask what the visitors feel and think about my works without giving any clear answer. But sometimes I do share my inspirations, and here are some of them:
…He wandered, now long-since outcast;
This is my homage to Russian artist Mikhail Vrubel’s work „The Demon Sitting“. It used to be my favorite painting when I was 13. I am not sure why, but I liked that this strong, handsome and full of power Demon can be sad, quiet and almost crying. Vrubel was a symbolist. Symbolism was an art movement in the beginning of XX century. Symbolists (very briefly) wanted to show some comlicated feelings and emotions. They took archetypal characters that already has meaning for most of the people (like demon, angel, princess, knight etc) and show the feelings on them.
My Demon is a Black Fox. I use this character in other paintings, and this is how I imagine Don Juan. My Black Fox comes to lonely women and seduces them. But he also has his moments of loneliness and sadness…
more about symbolism, Vrubel, and his Demon
more about my inspiration for Magic Forest
July 4, 2018 / 01:20
The last month I am working on something I never did before. It’s a collaboration with amazing international glass jewelry artist Nirit Dekel. We did before a few projects with my decals on her glass beads and paper monkeys that play with glass, but now it is something else, and I’m fascinated about the process and where it all goes. The idea is to combine my painting with Nirit’s objects, made out of wood and «growing» glass. Here are some photos from the process:
July 2, 2018 / 22:09
I just found this video)) Better later than never, as we say in Russian. Limor Margulis, the owner of Nox gallery talks about my works at Fresh Paint 10.
June 29, 2018 / 13:13
will she say yes?.. :)
June 28, 2018 / 00:31
When you don’t trust your babysitter
June 26, 2018 / 22:51
The new chapter
June 19, 2018 / 22:32
My scarves made their way to Karuizawa museum shop in Japan! My exhibition there is finished, but I’ll tell about it another time. Next exhibition — Froots Gallery, Shanghai
April 22, 2018 / 01:23
The place I spent my teenage years was far from being aesthetic paradise. Actually, it was (and stays) a real slams. Municipality has some plans to take it all down and build a regular middle-class neighborhood. But right now, just as 20 years ago, these houses are still here. They are so ugly, that has even some kind of old charm.
Back then, this dispiriting landscape around wasn’t bothering me. I was concentrated on
Now I like to believe I see the real things as they are. I have to see it, because now I am a responsible grown up. We all have to. But sometimes, especially when I am walking around with my kids I enjoy to look through my personal kaleidoscope. Then I can turn this:
see more transformations
January 7, 2018 / 00:02
One day I was cutting tomatos and suddenly had an idea for the new painting. «I’ll use pencils, acrylic and watercolors together,» — was I thinking while sketching.
I noticed that the pose and face of one of the women on my sketch reminds Ingre’s La Grande Odalisque (not the albino monkey, but the pencil face on the left)
La Grande Odalisque, Ingres, 1814
Did you notice that her hand is too long, and the left leg is in impossible pose? Well I did, but only after reading about it in wikipedia.
So, this is my Grande Odalisque, but in her normal life, while she is cutting tomatoes after swimming with friends in the river.
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