Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s. This kind of art as we know it today is closely related to some forms of abstract art. In fact, they shared similar origins, but they diverged on their interpretation of what those origins meant to the aesthetic of art. Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during First World War and the most important center of the movement was Paris. It was lead by Andre Breton, a French doctor who had fought in the trenches. From the 1920s onward, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film and music of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy and social theory.
Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur. Some artists express themselves in the abstract tradition, while others, expressed themselves in the symbolic tradition.
Vladimir Kush is a Russian surrealist painterand sculptor. He prefers actually to define his artas metaphorical realism rather than surrealism. Born in Moscow in 1965, he began attending art school at age of seven. After that at seventeen he entered the Moscow Art Institute. His first surreal image was painted by him at the age of fourteen. Kush experimented with various styles of impressionism and his style has been influenced, as himself claims, by these major artists: Monet, Botticelli, Bosch, Van Gogh, Durer, Schinkel, Vermeer and Dali.
I like Kush’s work, I have been inspired by his extravagant ideas mostly because he combines unusual objects, but he makes this in a very gentle manner. His paintings are extremely beautiful, the used colors are soft and bright. Although some of them express sadness and nostalgia, in my view, they also convey positive emotions.
It seems that the most repeated objects in his painting are flowers, leaves and butterflies and in my opinion that makes his creations even more adorable. I like very much using of parts of the nature.
Despite the fact that Igor Lysenko has never dreamed to become a painter, he has owned magnificent talent. He announced that he had been born with the body of baby and with the soul of adolescent. Two women played an important role in his art’s development – his drawing master and a paint shop’s teacher. They made him more concentrate because he wanted to attract their attention by his careful painting.
After his graduation he worked for a while like geography-teacher in high-school’s classes and drawing-teacher in the elementary school. But this was not his real passion. At the beginning of this century the work over wall-painting in a little church in Las-Palmas helped him to make a decision to concentrate upon painting.
Lysenko’s work is incredibly impressive. At first sight his creations seem simple and chaotic, but they are very complicated and consistent indeed. It is very impressive how he has mixed completelly different objects and has made them so logical.
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Throughout the length of my research, I was mostly influenced by George Grie. From the very onset of his professional career he chose to explore a more complicated and demanding adventure of innovative neo surrealistic painting. He graduated from the state university in 1985 with a BA (Honours) Degree in Fine Arts and Applied Design education. Within period 1985-1995 Grie had a lot of success with his neo-surrealist shows in several European capitals such as London, Stockholm and St-Petersburg. After that he settled in Toronto and began to study the latest computer digital art techniques. He has become a professional Multimedia Graphic Designer. His prime interest now is in contemporary 3D modeling software and their applications.
Grie’s pictures exhibit strong and powerful impact, capturing visual paradoxes. They depict calm and contemplative moments, solitude and melancholy. The stillness in his themes is enchanting. I have been impressed by the stark contrast between light and dark in his images. I admire Grie for his talent and his development over the years. There is so much meaning in his images. One of the most repetitive object is ship. A ship means travel, exploration, freedom, new lands and new paths. In my opinion using of this vessel helps his creations to become even more magical and inspirational, because a ship is not like a vehicle, it does not move fast or at least it seems that. The ship sails across the surfice of the ocean and the way Grie uses this object is just magnificent.
Michael Maier is a contemporary post-surrealist. In all his paintings is portrayed loneliness and symbols of love. The artist’s method to illustrate people without their faces is very interesting. In my view, that increases mysteriousness and power of expression in his images. In addition I like the used colors too – I think they are absolutely appropriate to this theme.
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A little cheerful surrealism… 🙂
Alexander Lyamkin was born in Siberia, Russia in 1964. He graduated from art college, but gained the majority of his experience through years of creative and personal development. His surreal paintings are humorous and elegant and captivate with incredible idea, colours and presentation. They are entirely hand-painted. The artist’s art is highly prized by collectors and his paintings are held im personal and corporate collections around the world.
During the years of his creative life Alexander Lyamkin has created more than 80 original artworks.