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Igor Obukhov    

“To the East”
Personal exhibition of Igor Obukhov "To the east" - was a result of several trips to the Far East (Japan, China, Indonesia). The original culture of these countries, rich artistic heritage, gave the author a some kind of impulse to the creation of entire series "Singapore" in the framework of the project "East Transit", "Thirty-Six Views near the Mount Fuji ", "All around". Knowledge accumulated by the artist during his trips was quite diverse. One important aspect of the author's work was the choice of images, stories and attributes that make up the iconic theme of the works. An audience that is not even familiar with the history and cultural monuments become involved in a variety of picturesque canvases and interested in the figurative content of the work. An important role in this respect is given to the fine material delivery system, which is based on principles of psychological perception of visual information. Such type of canvases as elongated, vertical or round ones are not often to come across and they create in the works of Igor Obukhov a certain intrigue, which weaves metaphors and symbols.

Landscape themes, motifs, images of nature, architecture and space, unobtrusively but irrevocably create a game of imagination. However it is rather a figurative imagination than a literal one. A specific work piece source is fully refracted through the prism of memories. The original landscape motif is not written from life – it was deliberately redesigned and reconstructed from the memories. Artists fantasy reveals a real and true essence of the visible, unique time and place, the essence and the spirit of the visible phenomenon. Intimate, however still open to the landscape infinity, which is one of the main motifs in the artist's work. At the same time the simplicity of the composition is based on the author's careful attention to the surface and constant search into the spatial and associative meaning. Thus, these works are based on a some kind of frontier: on one hand, it is an observation and experience, on the other - conventional abstracted image-sign.

Texture and colour saturation are one of the features of Igor Obukhov's works. It is certainly fresh, bright colours, which at the same time recreate the story, and spiritualize it. Plastic language of the works is based on an increased attention to the colour, texture and rhythmic organization of the canvas. Picturesque effects, plane aesthetization, radiance of the colour or graphic spot played a major role in the works. Formal purity and completeness of each centimeter becomes active visual background, introducing a tension reality into the art works. The image gives the impression of a bizarre space, turning into stereoscopy.

Love of the artist to nature makes every motif selected for the image very significant. The ability to shift the sense of delight to the language of colours makes the viewer to perceive the landscapes by Igor Obukhov as a particle of the beautiful world that surrounds us. When you stand in front of his paintings, the state of meditation is born, there is a sense of unity with the space surrounding us. The creative work of the master is based on the national realistic tradition, however it does not deprive it of individuality, expression of its own artistic language and the ability to a bold creative twist. Nature is presented by author's imaginative layering. Geographic targeting, stated in the title, does not oblige the artist to create a particular landscape, but on the contrary provides the ability to create a typical image of nature and space. Ambiguous and self-plotting action, often contains uncertainty and mystery. From the point of view of genre classification, many landscapes of the artist can be attributed to the thematic landscape-painting than to the landscape in the traditional sense of the genre.

The idea of creating the works included in the series "Thirty-Six Views near Mount Fuji," was born during a trip around the neighbourhood of the famous symbol of Japan, and no doubt it is inspired by the series of landscape prints "36 Views of Mount Fuji" by Katsushika Hokusai and Ando Hiroshige, who worked in the style of ukiyo-e . The artist goal was not to simply copy the known species in the oil technique, but rather to show how to change the European school of painting under the influence of Japanese art, and to do so on fine Japanese landscapes. The presented series show views near the Mount Fuji in Japan, where Japan's past and present are fancifully mixed up and urbanized. The artist tried to capture Japanese landscape poetry that is disappearing from the ordinary view. He created the Impression, that opens up new details of the artist's canvas and refines enchanting beauty of Japan. The synthesis of European and Japanese culture in the paintings of the artist renders homage to the ancient culture of Japan and reminds viewers about the influence of Japanese art on the aesthetic outlook of Europeans.

Igor Obukhov's project "All Around" represents 21 paintings of an unusual, circular format. Artist's desire to try his hand in painting porcelain plates led to the round canvas, nationally and geographically united by the features of the region, however each art piece is an independently finished product. Meaning of the exhibition can be viewed as either a circle, or making a circular motion, or all around from all sides. As the primary symbol of unity and infinity, a sign of an absolute and perfection, the circle symbolizes time in eternity. The line shape has no beginning and no end, and its points are identical. There is no doubt that the deep philosophy behind the circle shape, its perfect structure reflected in the intense search for composition, work piece subjects covering the lifestyle of Primorye region people as well as the originality of the ancient Eastern cultures, and the unique nature of the region. These art pieces were created over the past two years on the basis of creative trips to the south of Primorye and the nearby Asian countries: Indonesia, China, Japan. Landscape themes, motifs, images of nature, architecture and space, unobtrusively but irrevocably create a game of imagination. However it is rather a figurative imagination than a literary one. A specific work piece source is fully refracted through the prism of memories. The original landscape motif is not written from life – it was deliberately redesigned and reconstructed from the memories. Artists fantasy reveals real and true essence of the visible, unique time and place, the essence and the spirit of the visible phenomenon. A special role in the perception of the artist's works play porcelain frames, painted in different colours, with the texture, patina and gilding. Round shaped canvases, round framed, perceived as the portholes on the walls, coming to hich, we are trying to see what's out there: around, all around, from all the sides ...

Igor Obukhov's paintings possess charisma and a personal lyrical reflection, particularly in tune with our time, with its unmet need in the beauty and purity of life, with its eternal anxiety of thinking about the world. Wisdom and primeval naivete, naturally connecting and defining creative nature, help the artist to create images through the unique solution of the composition and the organic tissue of the sensual world.
Alyona Datsenko
Art Critic, member of the Union of artists of Russia, member of AIS

 
   
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