PORTFOLIO > PAINTING: OVER THE YEARS

Statement
I draw inspiration from the disturbance of the mundane. I find visuals in life that surrounds me, and manipulate them into something that they are normally not, basically changing the obvious, the common, the familiar, creating a scene, the was never seen before, but is emotionally recognizable.
For me art making is a philosophical quest. I believe that if you wish to get hold of the invisible, you must penetrate as deeply as possible into the visible (Max Beckman). Some of the methods that I use are: changes in perspective and physical orientation, mimicry, juxtaposition of tactile (found objects collage) and painterly, playing games with visual expectations and more.
Most of my work is painting on canvas, wood panel or paper, with added elements of collage. In order to quickly “lay out ” an idea, I start with acrylics, charcoal and pastels. After that I work with very thin coats of paint, eventually adding impasto in a few areas, and building up transparent, semi-opaque and opaque layers as the work develops. Oils are usually added at later stages, to create more precise and subtle effects. My work is always a give and take between the abstract and the representative. In the last couple of years I started adding found surfaces, like pieces of clothing, napkins, candy-wrappers, etc. to my work. This helps me introduce another level of reference, of contrasts and affinities into a piece, and emphasizes tactile qualities, which effect and express the sensual aspect of art and life.

Hanna in the Garden
Oil on canvas
42" x 42"
2000
Streets, Moscow
pastel on paper mounted on wood
1999
Superwoman
Oil on canvas
36" x 48"
2007
Birds, 3
Oil, acrylic and silk ties and candy wrapperson canvas
40" x 40"
2012
What is it like to fly?
pastels, acrylic and oil on canvas
24" x 48"
2013
painting, oils, acrylics, something of a self-portrait, influenced by Max Beckman
Mixed media on canvas
26" x 48"
2013
Weather
Oil on canvas
24" x 48"
2008
Rush-hour
Oil on canvas
24" x 48"
2010
Silent Movies
Charcoal and oil on cardboard
36" x 48"
1990
Passing Time
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
2010
All Present
oil on canvas
42" x 42"
2007
Medusa
Oil and collage on 13 canvases
2010
A comment on Damien Hirst's work and Art History
Oil on Paper
48" x 32"
1997
Landscape, Chair
Oil on canvas
36" x 28"
2007
Chicago, backyard, summer,
Oil on canvas
16" x 18"
2010
Thinking of the vastness of desert and the way it affects us
Mixed media on paper
48" x 32"
1996
$500