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Alexander Zavarin

Alexander Zavarin, landscape, still life, figutative paintings
Alexander Zavarin is a painter currently living and working in Moscow.

Zavarin often works in a highly textural style, with thick paint application and physical textures contributing to the overall look and appeal of his paintings. It looks as though much is done with painting knives, but I don’t actually have any information about his process.

At times, he moves toward the non-representational, but doesn’t quite step over that line, with large rough edged shapes and blocks of color still resolving into recognizable objects. At other times, he moves toward the more straightforwardly representational, and into Tonalist territory.

His still life paintings are notable not only for their forceful use of texture, but for his application of color in a way that is similar to the atmospheric effects normally applied to landscape.

You can view the galleries on his website by category. In the “Miscellaneous category, you’ll find works that feature stylized figures and often have a narrative component; whether they were intended as illustrations, I don’t know.

I prefer to browse through by the general category of “Painting“, viewing a mix of his subjects and styles.

As much as I enjoy his use of color and texture, it’s Zavarin’s varied use of edges I find most interesting, from broken and scumbled to softly feathered, sometimes sharp and sometimes “lost”, giving his compositions an appealing sense of unity and harmony.


8 responses to “Alexander Zavarin”

  1. Discovered this educational video not intentionally by lenon marty. I’m not too keen on the music though.

  2. Martin Hoade Avatar
    Martin Hoade

    Yeah, those twangy triangle geetars, an acquired taste I suppose. This guy is so deft he can let antagonistic styles loose in the same painting and get away with it. Rather prolific too. And his colors, as it happens I was watching a movie about Turner when I saw these and the mixes seem to come from a similar eye.

    1. Judging by the White Album, Paul McCartney may have acquired a taste for the triangle geetars, and wanted to hear them ringing out… (grin). Yes, Zavarin impressed me also with his multiple styles in the same composition. I still think it’s his use of edges that let him get away with a unified feeling. It says something about the visual similarity of a “soft” edge composed of rough broken shapes and one that’s softened in the more common sense.

  3. Thank you for “finding” and posting this wonderful artist Charlie. Inspiring work…eye candy “indeed!”

  4. Hello! I’m Alexander Zavarin. Thank you for this post. There is only one inaccuracy – I’m from Russia, not Belarus

    1. Thanks for the correction, Alexandr. I’ve changed the post. I’ve also updated the post with a link to the ArtRussia gallery. Hopefully, you can tell from the post that I admire your work, particularly your subtle use of color and texture.

      Please let me know if you would prefer that I also replace the anglicized spelling of “Alexander” with “Alexandr”.

  5. cindy Overall Avatar
    cindy Overall

    Hello Alexander,
    Your vision is extremely clever. Just don’t let the knife take over where the impasto overwhelms your subject. Palette knives are dangerous because they can render motel art.
    Otherwise your work is gorgeous!

  6. Hallo Alexandr, I have only just discovered your beautiful work and am happily exploring. Hopefully there is some film of your working method. Admire very much your use of value, colour, edges and composition.