I came across the wonderfully “Grimm” illustrations of Russian illustrator and designer Nadezhda Illarionova in a number of blog posts, as well as mentions on magazine sites.
Outside of a Flickr set, I can find little that seems like an official web presence, and almost no background information.
Her work displays a beautiful use of tone, adept application of muted color and absolutely wonderful utilization of texture. She also creates strong compositions in the service of her richly imaginative scenes. I wish I knew more.
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These really are amazing. Thanks for sharing them!
“One should be a painter. As a writer, I feel the beauty, which is almost entirely colour, very subtle, very changeable, running over my pen, as if you poured a large jug of champagne over a hairpin.”
? Virginia Woolf, The Letters of Virginia Woolf: Volume Six, 1936-1941
“God and colours are my lifelines.
– Lorette, lines and colors
Great stuff once again. I wish I knew more too Charley. Seems I am always draw to the Eastern/Northern European including Russian sensibility. The Duginas, Pavel Tatarnikov, Meseldzija, Oleg Denysenko, and on and on.
Thanks, Bill. Not surprising given your own superb use of texture, value contrasts and controlled palettes — which I think are elements many of the artists you mention have in common.
For the benefit of other readers, here is Bill Carman’s blog, and my posts on him here and here.
Here are my posts on some of the artists mentioned: Olga Dugina & Andrej Dugin, Petar Meseldzija, Oleg Denisenko.
Pavel Tatarniko is new to me (thanks, Bill). You can find his website here.
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