Valentin Korotkov

Valentin Korotkov, Russian painter, landscape, figures still life
Valentin Korotkov is a Russian painter based in Moscow, who studied at the Art College of the Kharkov Academy of Design and Art.

He paints with a brusque, textural style, in which the surface texture and paint application is visible even in small reproductions.

His landscapes have a nice quality of casual immediacy, and range in color palette from intense to subdued. His still life compositions also show a range of palette choices, though they are often brought to a more refined finish. Korotkov also does figurative works that take on more of a narrative, illustrative quality.

There is an extensive selection of his work on his website, (note the links to subsequent pages at the bottom), and on the group gallery site.


Eye Candy for Today: Jean Robie still life

Flowers and fruit, still life by Jean-Baptiste Robie
Flowers and fruit, Jean-Baptiste Robie

A stunning tour de force of subtle color, texture, light and dark by the Belgian still life painter.

On Google Art Project, high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales and measures roughly 64×54 inches (164x137cm).

As is often the case, the museum’s reproduction and that on the Google Art Project don’t quite agree. The Google image seems too warm and saturated; the museum’s version looks crisp but cold in comparison, particularly in the color of the metal.

Having never see one of Robie’s originals, I’ve taken a best guess here and color corrected my copy of the Google file to somewhere in-between.


beinArt Collective returns

beinArt Collective: Naoto Hattori, Mike Worrall, Peter Gric, Dan May, Dino Valls, Ernst Fuchs, Sandra Yagi, Scott Musgrove, Travis Louie, Greg Simkins, Lucy Hardie, Maura Holden, David M. Bowers, Alex Grey, Jon Beinart

Founded in 2003 by Jon Beinart as the “beinArt Australian Surreal Art Collective” and expanded internationally in 2006 as the “beinArt International Surreal Art Collective”, the beinArt Collective has long been a web destination, publisher and sponsor of group exhibitions for artists working in the areas of strange, surreal, fantastic, psychedelic, visionary and outsider art.

Aficionados of these genres have found the website, and its reserve of artist galleries, missing for a time now, while founder Jon Beinart endeavored to bring the site up to date, reduce the strain of upkeep on the multiple galleries and generally bring the site into line with the modern web, streamlined and functioning more as a lighthouse than a repository.

The good news is that the beinArt Collective site is now back from the shadows; and, given its nature, has of course, brought the shadows back with it.

The new website functions as a blog and a listing of the most prominent artists from the collective’s formerly over-extended list, now linking directly to their own blogs and websites instead of trying to maintain local files.

There is a cornucopia of the weird, wild, wooly and often wonderful to be found among the links and articles — but, as when turning over leaves in a strange forest, I must warn the uninitiated that you never know what you will find lurking on the forest floor. Much of the work here delves deliberately into the disconcerting edges of the strange, and some may find it not to their liking.

Others, however, will delight in the assortment of the imaginative, bizarre and often beautifully realized work that abounds.

[Note: the sites linked, and the beinArt site itself, contain an assortment of work that can be considered NSFW, for a variety of reasons. I will also issue a Timesink Warning.]

(Images above: Naoto Hattori, Mike Worrall, Peter Gric, Dan May, Dino Valls, Ernst Fuchs, Sandra Yagi, Scott Musgrove, Travis Louie, Greg Simkins, Lucy Hardie, Maura Holden, David M. Bowers, Alex Grey, Jon Beinart)


Eye Candy for Today: Shishkin’s Mast Grove

The Mast-tree Grove, Ivan Shishkin
The Mast-tree Grove, Ivan Shishkin

One of my favorites by the great Russian landscape painter. “Mast-tree Grove”, means a stand of trees suitable for making the masts of large sailing ships.

I have to stand back in awe at the way he has handled a subject that could be reduced to sameness in the hands of a lesser painter. As you scan across the painting, Shishkin treats you to a dozen different sets of foreground to background relationships.

The entire, complex scene reads clearly and simply at any distance, thanks to his deft control of his compositional elements and lighting effects. An absolutely masterful example of the use of value in landscape painting.

The original is in the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, which does not really have any of their collection online; just a tiny reproduction of the painting on this highlights page.

The Google Art Project has an inexplicably terrible, color-shifted image here (zoomable no less). How that got past anyone, even an algorithm, I don’t know.

The best online image I’ve found of this well known work is on the Elsewhere blog (which, incidentally, is an excellent art blog, for which I will issue a Timesink Warning).


“Solstice”: solo exhibition of Aron Wieseifeld at Arcadia Contemporary Soho

Solstice: solo exhibition of Aron Wieseifeld at Arcadia Contemporary Soho
“Solstice” is the title of a solo exhibition of the work of Aron Wieseifeld at Arcadia Contemporary, Soho, that runs from today to October 3, 2014. There is a book signing at the gallery on Saturday, September 20th at noon, at which Wiesenfeld will be signing copies of his new book, The Well (more here).

In addition to his enigmatic, thought-provoking, semi-narrative paintings, the book (and presumably the exhibition) features a number of Wiesenfeld’s recent charcoal drawings, which I personally like very much.

For more, see the the gallery’s regular portfolio representing the artist, the artist’s website, and my previous post on Aron Wiesenfeld.


Yulia Brodskaya

Yulia Brodskaya
Illustrator and gallery artist Yulia Brodskaya uses colored paper — cut and bent into strips and carefully arranged in linear, textural patterns — to create her images. This is a traditional technique called quilling.

Brodskaya’s website has galleries of both her illustration and gallery art, though unfortunately reproduced in small images; which is odd, as some of her work is quite large in scale. You can find some larger images of her illustration and typographic work in her News section and on some of the other articles and blog posts linked below. There is a brief interview on De Monsterkamer.

[Via Neatorama]