Moods and Styles
I divide my creative mindset, or moods of operation while making images, into these five, ordered alphabetically:
- Emotional: senses, sensations, perception, emotions, feelings, conscious awareness.
- Environmental: ecosystems, wild life, society vs nature.
- Erotic: sexuality, sex-appeal, flirting, arousal, orgasm, loving intimacy.
- Intellectual: meditation, balance, complexity, composition.
- Spontaneous: movement, gesture, reaction, brushstroke, will, curiosity, challenge, ideas.
The collections of my hand-made artwork are based on these moods, which somewhat define their stile combinations.
My Visual Style
Art is all about composition to me: color and value, lines and shapes, visual organization of the visual elements - all at once, and I live for the moment of reaching the unity in beauty.
My compositions are defined by combining of these structural elements in a particular way: I started noticing my style when I was working on two murals in my mid-twenties. It looked like I imposed some of my brain activity patterns onto reality I perceived. Plus, by rendering my interpretation of it, I arranged the imagery in some sort of rhythmical projection of those stretched dimensions or elastic tables that my mind repetitively used.
This sense of composition I then developed over decades by letting it become my dominant force - over concept, over feeling, over reality. I had a special exercise for it that I repeated thousands of times. Also, I treat my paintings as songs with melodies, beat, and recurring notions.
I make single works and polyptychs. Sometimes the pieces are so close in their expressive manner and color that they become series.
- Polyptychs - usually diptychs (2 parts), triptychs (3), or quadriptychs (4) - contain two or more singles that are intended to be perceived together, in a specific sequence or arrangement.
- Series are set up by style, technique, palette, ground, and the visual approach to interpretation of the reality or ideas. They can look harmoniously together, for example, on the walls of the same room, but they intended to be freely arranged and rearranged over time.
- Collections reflect the mood and, or the environment in which artwork was made, or built on a specific theme or style influence.
My Style Influences
I can cal myself anti-purist: I am generally against strict adherence to particular set of rules or style, especially as defined by others. Here I want to highlight people whose art I love, and to whom I hold myself accountable (in bold in the list below). They happened to participate in art process in the times and intellectual environments mentioned below. Their styles influenced me the most.
Visual art styles are distinctive manners of expression.
- Styles of a period, country, group of artists, art movement,
- individual styles of the artists within - arranged by their historical emergence, for the most part:
- Stone Age Cave Painting -
determination, accuracy of gesture.
- Ancient Egyptian and Greek -
reliefs, elegance of the figures, earth pigment combinations, symbolism.
- Eastern styles like Japanese Sumi-e 水墨画, Chinese guóhuà, s.国画; 國畫, and Zen (禅画) -
abstraction and spontaneity, brushwork.
- Medieval, Celtic, Gothic -
linework, concert of lines, marvelous details.
- Renaissance (1300 - 1600): Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael; Giorgione, Titian, Dürer, Bruegel, Bosch, van Eyck.
- Mannerisms (1527–1580): Tintoretto, El Greco, Veronese.
- Baroque (1600–1750): Rembrandt, Ruisdael, van der Ast, Reubens, Caravaggio.
- Rococo (1720 - 1780): Fragonard, Boucher, Watteau -
curves and waves.
- Romanticism (1780–1880): Turner, Goya, Constable, Friedrich, Gericault, Delacroix, West -
emotions, analysis, mystique, sky.
- Peredvizhniki / Передвижники (1870-1920): Repin, Perov, Serov, Ge, Kuindzhi, Kramskoi, Levitan, Savrasov, Surikov;
also Aivazovsky, Marc Chagall.
- Realism (1830 - 1870): Courbet, Millet, Corot, Daumier -
- Impressionism (1860–1890): Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Degas -
color airiness, fleeting moments.
- Post-Impressionism (1885–1910): Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, van Gogh, Gauguin.
- Pointillism (neo-impressionism): Seurat, Signac, Jan Toorop.
- Symbolism: Odilon Redon, Joan Miro, Paul Klee, Edvard Munch, Hugo Simberg, James Ensor, Gustav Klimt, Gustave Moreau.
- Abstract Expressionism.
- Lyrical Abstraction.
- Art Deco.
- Pop Art.
- Color Field.
- Hard Edge Painting.
- Conceptual Art.
(to be extended)...