Aug 29, 2011

An Amazing Artist!

Vladimir Kush

He was born in Russia, in small one-storied wooden house on the northern edge of Moscow, near the forest-park Sokolniki where in patriarchal times Russian Tsars were engaged in falconry.
His career as an artist began when I was a child of 3 or 4.
At the age of 7, he attended two schools, the first half of the day he went to regular high school. The second half was spent in the art classes until 9 p.m.
Art school was a world of a new inspiration. The class he attended allowed total artistic freedom. He learned much about the famous Renaissance painters, impressionists, post-impressionists, and contemporary artists
In 1987, he began selling my paintings and exhibiting with the Union of Artists. At that time, he was invited to paint a series of portraits for the U.S. Embassy staff. He eventually had to curtail his work on these portraits after the KGB became suspicious of his involvement with Americans.
His father's influence at that time was enormous. He said that in ancient Greeve, art and math were considered alike. His father a mathematician taught him that the plot of a painting must be like a code for solving a task, and as such, must crystal clear to capture the essence of a subject.
He had a successful show in Germany in 1990 with two other Russian Artists. He then flew to Los Angeles, where he had sent 20 of his recent works for a showing. This was a beginning of his American odyssey.

Princess Cinderella's Voyage

 The artist uses motives of the Cinderella fairy tale, a girl who lost her crystal shoe at the ball and the prince who fell in love with her. We discover here as well an interest to symbolism and allegory, particularly found in texts of medieval alchemy. We know alchemists tried to transform base metals into gold. But in fact transformation of a poor girl to a fine princess is also a kind of alchemical manipulation, “transmutation” of"cinders" into gold. The picture represents the arrival of Princess Cinderella – a fair-haired beauty of the North - to her groom. His carriage is just about to arrive. Princess and her retinue are walking in the shining beauty of nature. The wind welcomes her filling her veil and transforming it into a shoe - a symbol of Cinderella’s destiny. The sky is filled with alternating stripes of rays and rain and the fanciful game of clouds. Crystal ripples sparkle and glisten in the sun. All this gives rise to a feeling of renovation, joy of the beginning a new life. Now we seem to be hearing the sounds of familiar music: "Here Comes the Bride!"

Fauna in La Mancha

As is known, the “madness” of Don Quixote was born from the obsessive reading of chivalry books. The world of medieval romances became to him more real than the real life. Thus from an inhabitant of the sun-scorched dusty Spanish province of La Mancha he had turned into the citizen and ruler of the boundless Empire of Imagination. Its size, perhaps, had far surpassed that of the real Spanish empire stretched across the globe and created by other great Spaniards also called “madmen” – Columbus and Cortez! The artist assumes that in this New Empire there was also a place for the fantastic butterflies with splendid wings eclipsing the fauna of Colombia, Amazonia and Venezuela! So, instead of doing a glorious battle with the evil giant windmill, Don Quixote is going to enter the duel with the giant butterflies. Certainly, having such a “weapon,” he will not catch any butterfly. But his net could seize Beauty and Grace of these and many other amazing creations. Let us follow his noble example and stretch the net of our imaginations in search for beauty!
Above the Sea Level
 The artist builds the space with multi-leveled viewpoints. When we look at the whimsical town with the waiting carriage and then, down to the bottom, we realize the grandeur of the entire construction, built on top of the conch shell. The viewer is involved in the space where the light clouds fly by and the solid ground is down below. The humans always looked for that base ground amidst the ever-changing world. It is known that the seashell is the symbol of the birth of Life. In the widely known painting of Botticelli “Birth of Venus” the seashell is symbolizing both the motion and the birth of life. The title of the painting underlines a significant part of the painting. In reality it is the human life, going on behind the glowing windows of the castle. But it is only the “above the water part of the iceberg”. There is also another side, invisible to the “inexperienced viewer” It is the past life, which is feeding the conscious life shining with lights
Fashionable Bridge
The picture is based on contrasts: space is formed by parallel outlines of a bridge with people and carts on it, and of a mountain landscape with a huge fluffy cloud caught on the summits. Viewers are invited to cover the vast space. This is facilitated by the blurred background, as opposed to the bridge that is clearly traced out. By focusing attention on the line of the bridge, the artist tries to convey feeling of life that passes along the bridge. The fixed outline of mountains and the red color of the bridge are to accentuate still further the busy movement of people on the bridge. The very shape of the bridge reminds symbolically of the most ancient and most reliable way of man’s movement on the earth. The decorative nature of the picture bears a strong resemblance to color prints made by great Japanese painters Hokusai and Hiroshige.
Arrival of the Flower Ship
  The images of the picture were possibly suggested by the most famous “botanical” venture in history. By the early 19th century the British ship “Bounty” sailed to take, from Tahiti to the Caribbean, the plants of the bread fruit tree. The planters wanted to use them to feed the slaves working on fields. But Tahiti amazed the crew appearing before the seamen as a shining paradise. They did not want to leave the South Seas and mutinied against the captain. The artist represents the “flower” ship sailing among the islands of the terrestrial paradise. The pink glow of her gladioli sails illuminates all around. The sea surface is strewn with flower petals. The natives use them to approach the ship, greeting her with palm branches. Magnificent voyage turns into a triumphal procession.

Eye of The Needle
The needle is forever associated with the thread. With this said, the thread is a symbol of human destiny. Ancient Greeks believed that moiras weave the threads of life. People felt the magical power of destiny, the authority of which extends beyond that of the gods. The gods cannot change or avert that which the moiras have decided upon. Moiras cut the thread of life and continued to weave it depending on what color ball - black or white - another of the moiras would pick out of an urn. In the painting the thread of destiny is represented in two images: the golden “thread” of a caravan and the blue “thread” of the River of Life. The “thread” of a caravan as a symbol of wealth, leads us like the Ariadne’s clue to the central image of the painting – that of a camel going through the needle’s eye. A striking, paradoxical image used by Jesus to condemn riches and wealth… But we couldn’t help noting a certain humor the painter introduces here. Look, in spite of all the efforts of the cameleer a camel at the head of the caravan balks as if saying: ”I don’t want to go through a real eye of a needle!”

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