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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Boris Indrikov

Boris Indrikov was born in Leningrad in 1967 and lives and works in Moscow . From 1991 - 1997 he was a book designer and worked as an illustrator for the popular science magazine "Chemistry and Life".

He has been a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia and the UNESCO International Federation of Artists since 1998.

Has exhibited works at a number of shows in Russia and abroad (Art-Manezh 2002, 2003, Drommar ( Sweden , Nykoping 2004) and others).

He currently works in painting, graphic design and small-form plastic. He works mainly in fantastic realism.

His pictures are in the HORIZON gallery ( Netherlands ), and private collections in Russia , Sweden , Germany , France , Switzerland , Japan and the United States

Ritva Voutila

Ritva Voutila

Ritva Voutila was born in Nokia, Finland.

After finishing high school in Nokia she moved to Helsinki to study art at the School of Art and Design. In 1968 she moved to Australia, and then to Spain in 1971, where she continued perfecting her drawing and painting skills for the next ten years while working in fields as varied as garden design and computer programming and analysis. In 1981 she moved back to Australia, settling down in Sydney.
"I grew up in a house filled with the sound of my fathers violin-Sibelius was his greatest hero. The worlds and feelings evoked in me by this music, and the Nordic tales and legends I loved to read as a child, are now seeping onto my canvases, modified and transformed by many other influences on my life. My artistic mission is to force open the small cracks on the wall that separate the obvious here-and-now from the elusive and haunting world of dreams and fragmented memories. I want to capture the thrill and trepidation that accompany the adventure to the unknown, to those magic lands, which in many ways are like the world we know, yet in some ways paradoxical or enigmatic enough to cause puzzlement, wonder, and an urge to continue exploring. Since every picture I paint is an invitation to visit the world it depicts, I attempt to avoid the picture plane becoming a barrier. Rather, I try to make it a door through which one can step in and, once inside, freely roam around and behind the objects depicted. To achieve this I find no better tool than the flexibility of oils to allow the full modelling of the subjects.I create parallel worlds rather than worlds of fantasy, though I delight in adding symbolic and surrealistic elements to construct visual metaphors and even visual puns. My worlds are always populated by people (or sometimes by people in animal form) and, where there are people, there are human follies and foibles. These are the subject matter of my work: the human condition with its follies and foibles, the apparent irrationality of human behaviour, and the transient existence of human life. Apart from direct observation of life itself, there are few better sources to provide me with the necessary inspiration than popular sayings, aphorisms, and proverbs. Sometimes the inspiration comes to me by a random choice of a small number of seemingly disparate ideas, and through a process of pondering on possible connections between those ideas. Although I begin my work with a clear idea pencilled in detail in a preliminary sketch, I make many changes as the work progresses. After I reach the point when the picture begins a life of its own, it is the picture, not I, that suggests the changes or additions. Sometimes I may end up with a subject which is entirely different from my initial idea, which is not so surprising since I often spend several weeks in front of an easel, painting and thinking about what I paint.There are often components in my work which seem incongruous or out of place. However, there is nothing accidental about them. They are there because of the symbolic associations they evoke, and also because of the weight they add to the composition by their colour or form,-or both. No painting, of course, has one single meaning, or creates one single effect on the viewer. Paintings are living things. Like people, they can have 'mood swings' as one mixes his or her own current frame of mind and ongoing life experiences with the interpretation of the painting"

Ritva Voutila

Arunas Zilys

Arunas Zilys

Mythic Surrealism

Take a giant step into the mind of Arunas Zilys and you may never return to your familiar world. Fantastic hybrid creatures stalk through a pointillist landscape of vivid paintbox colors. Calmly they stare out from the canvases, inviting you to join them on their mysterious quests. Symbols and myths swirl about in a mosaic of meaning. The unique visions of Zilys, once viewed, are tattooed on your heart indelibly. They echo, like an ancient dream.

Lithuanian painter Arunas Zilys has emerged as a leading light of the style of art known as Mythic Surrealism. The uplifting emotional tone, rendered in his signature jewel-bright colors, brings a unique cheer to Zilys’ imagery.

Arunas Zilys was born in 1953 in Vilnius, the capitol and oldest city in Lithuania. This small country, whose ancient language is most closely related to Sanskrit, declared independence in 1990 after enduring a history dominated by oppressive foreign occupations. With largely agricultural roots and an extensive mythology similar to Norse traditions, the resourceful and artistic Lithuanians have an unshakable sense of identity.

Zilys attended the M.K. Ciurlionis School of Art in Vilnius and graduated with a degree in graphic arts in 1973. He then attended the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, where he took a degree in 1979. Zilys began his career in the arts as both a painter and a jewelry maker.

A style this distinctive comes along but rarely in the art world. A growing number of private and corporate collectors are testament to Zilys’ unique gift. He has had numerous one-man shows in galleries and museums in Europe and America. The careful viewer may have noticed paintings by Zilys in the background of several feature films and television shows, including “Friends”, “Veronica’s Closet”, “The X-Files”, “The Mod Squad” and others.

Take a journey into the soul with Arunas Zilys as your guide and you will emerge refreshed, with new eyes, ready to stride off on the mythic quest that is your own life.


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