I have been wanting to do this for quite some time, but had reservations on whether these kind of blog entries would be of interest to you. I decided to go ahead and publish them anyway, because I cannot contain myself! :) I get so incredibly excited each time I come across an artist on Pinterest or Google, whose art I have never seen before, but really really like. I often save or pin several works of each artist I admire, and love to come back and look, and study their work, and try to figure out how it was done, note brush strokes, color palette, composition, and why his/her work is so effective. I believe that acute observation of accomplished artist's work, helps us immensely on our journey. The more we observe and notice, the more our art improves.
So every week, I will try to publish a post on an artist I am inspired by these days, show few examples of his work, and write a few words about it. If you are interested in following these posts, do leave a comment, so that I know if you like that artist's work and why.
My first entry is work of a contemporary Bulgarian artist Svetlin Rusev. His works are not easy to find online, actually they only appear on Google search after I type keywords in Russian language in it. Seeing that it's unlikely you will be able to find much of his work on internet, I have uploaded his art on Pinterest and will insert it here as well for you to save.
To see his art, you can visit my Pinterest board:
Svetlin Rusev is technically 20th century artist, he is 84 years old now. He is an artist and art collector, who opened permanent Donative Exhibition of art in Pleven, Bulgaria, to which he donated 400 works of art, created by him and other artists. A great art lover for sure! The gallery permanently occupies beautiful historical building in Pleven:
What do I like about his art? First of all it shows excellent skill in drawing proportions that only many years of practice can give. I can honestly say that my drawing skills are not as good as his. Well, I am turning 40 in September, lets see how I draw at 80! :)
Second, I love his muted color palette and occasional splash of bright color here and there. Third, I think his compositions are absolutely fabulous. Most likely he does preliminary sketches and studies before he places a figure or face onto canvas.
And fourth, the emotional charge and tension in seemingly pensive expressions, is very captivating. I find myself coming back to his art over and over and again, and I keep staring, and being pulled into a story of a character. I think he has distinctive recognizable style.
He seem to be working successively with high key paintings (lots of light and not many contrasting or dark areas), as well as with fabulous full value scale from lights to darks, using contrast effectively to convey mood and tension.
I hope you enjoyed my first entry on discovering fabulous and inspiring artists. :)
P.S. After I published this post, I looked at all of his images again, and noticed a vertical line that is present in every single work of his. In the artwork where 2 figures sit it's there too - in a form of a chair!
One of my works, inspired by Svetlin Rusev and Louise Bourgeois: