Thursday, October 29, 2015

the firebird: khorovod

khorovod a khorovod is a slavic circle dance and chorus. this is another piece from my upcoming show the firebird. i chose to paint the background of each piece black to mimic the look of palekh, the russian folk handicraft of painting miniature scenes from folk tales and literature on lacquer papier-mâché boxes. my artist talk next week will touch on this and other folk traditions, as well as my love for ivan bilibin and the revived interest in slavic motifs in late 19th and early 20th century russian graphic arts.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

the firebird: folk tales

vasilisa in the woods the frog princess two pieces from my upcoming exhibition the firebird at KSU stark:
above: vasilisa comes upon the house of baba yaga
below: tsarevich ivan meets his bride for the first time

the firebird

the firebird
i have a small solo exhibition coming up next month at kent state university stark campus in north canton, ohio. the show is in conjunction with a russian art history course taught by my former MICA professor dr. marie gasper-hulvat. it's entitled the firebird and features miniature paintings of scenes from my favorite russian folk tales and russian 19th century country life. the show opens on thursday november 5th with an artist talk at 2 pm and will be on view through december 4th, 2015.
"the firebird" framed
as usual my lovely frames were custom made for me by signed & numbered in salt lake city, utah.

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