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

Valery Yershov

Valery Yershov

Valery Yershov was born in 1960 in the Soviet city of Yessentuki. After graduating from the Graphic Department of the Leningrad Pedogogical Institute, he moved to Moscow in 1987 and then to Stockholm in 1988. Before immigrating to the United States in 1991, he had exhibited in Russia and throughout Europe. The London Contemporary presented a one-man show of his works in Moscow. Today, his work has also been exhibited in New York and other US cities.

Yershov's creative search, classic training and exceptional talent have garnered him a favored niche in today's art market. He began painting interiors stuffed with all sorts of odd things: an absurd world where classicism meets Pop Culture. Taking real objects out of everyday life, he manipulates them to build his ¡§Silken Paradise.¡¨

Yershov paints museums and palace halls displaying masterpieces of antiquity, renaissance or modern times with accuracy and total realism. But, the action that takes place in these environments is surrealistically absurd. Dogs in uniform and monkeys in evening dress walk among the luxurious interiors. Given the recent heightened interest in surrealist works, Yershov's magnificently detailed paintings of intimate apocalyptic splendor have made a timely arrival.

A published artist, Yershov has received numerous awards. He has exhibited in Europe, including Finland and Switzerland and can be found in many private and corporate collections in cities across the US and Europe.

Virgil Elliott

Born in 1944, Virgil Elliott was fortunate enough to have been the first son of Dollye McAlister Elliott, a schoolteacher and amateur artist, who began his art education in the second year of his life. The first lesson kindled a lifelong burning obsession with art, and his talents developed rapidly with constant practice drawing, and, later, painting. The excellent instruction of illustrators Robert Fawcett, Albert Dorne, Austin Briggs, Steven Dohanos, Harold Von Schmidt and others, via correspondence course, helped him tremendously,and by his late teens, he was an accomplished draftsman and competent oil painter. As a soldier in the U.S. Army he traveled to Europe in 1963,returning to the United States in 1965. While overseas, he took art classes in the evenings with an instructor whose last name he cannot recall, an American named "Ken," who taught at the USO in Mannheim, Germany, and who helped young PFC Elliott advance his painting skills still further. And of course there were museums full of Old Master paintings throughout Europe to inspire him.

Profoundly moved by the works of the Old Masters, particularly Rembrandt and Vermeer, Elliott was dissatisfied with his own abilities, and sought to learn still more. Quickly becoming disillusioned with college-level art instruction at the colleges and universities he attended for several years following his discharge from the Army, due to their emphasis on "modern" styles which did not interest him, he endeavored to teach himself from that point onward. His quest for knowledge drove him to search out old manuscripts to study, and to travel far and wide to view the Old Master paintings wherever they might be found, in addition to constant ongoing practice drawing and painting. Several years as a freelance commercial artist helped to hone his talents, and in 1982 he felt he was ready to begin his career in fine art.

He has won many honors, awards and distinctions since his fine arts debut, and has become a sought-after teacher, lecturer, art show judge and writer in addition to the ongoing demand for his talents as a portrait painter and fine artist. In 1985 he was awarded the American Portrait Society's certification, a distinction shared by only 24 artists in the world. As an outspoken member of the Artists' Advisory Panel to the California State Fair in 1987, Elliott spearheaded a successful effort to open the State Fair's art show to representational art, which had been previously excluded from the show, and to depose the officials responsible for its exclusion. He was elected an Associate Guild Member by the American Society of Classical Realism in 1996, and was made a Signature Member of the American Society of Portrait Artists that same year, in addition to winning an award in The Artist's Magazine's portrait competition. His book, Traditional Oil Painting: Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the Present, a 21-year project, was published in 2007 by Watson-Guptill Publications (now Random House). Virgil Elliott has had articles published in American Artist magazine, The Artist's Magazine, The Portrait Signature, the Chronicle of Higher Education, On the Level and other publications. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Art Renewal Center, and a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Subcommittee on Artists's Paints and Materials. Virgil Elliott is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, and the Art Renewal Center's Gallery of Living Masters.

The Atelier of Virgil Elliott is on the grounds of an old winery in northern California, where Elliott paints, teaches, writes,and lives with his wife, singer/actress Annie Lore.

Winifred Godfrey


B.S.- Art University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 1966, M.F.A.-1970

Marycrest College, Davenport, IA 1961-63

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1962

University of California, Los Angeles, CA 1964

University of Wisconsin, European Travel Study 1965

University of Arizona in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 1966

Chicago Printmakers Workshop, Chicago, IL 1971-72

Jeff Cornell

''In all my works, I want and try to make smoky monochromatic looking rooms or rooms or spaces that feel romantic and give a feeling of something wrapping itself around the you.

I have studied the works of Klimt and Schiele and I love their drawing. Monet, Manet, Bonnard, and Vullard, and my favorite Degas. The American impressionists, however, are what really move me. Sam Tarbell, Roberson, Thomas Dewing and William Paxton especially.

I call my work Pastel Drawing Paintings because I feel they are painting in pure pigment—I sue pastel pencil 90% of the time and I consider myself a drawer more than a painter.''

Jeff Cornell

Thomas Saliot

Thomas Saliot

Né à Paris en 1968...après une formation en graphisme à l’ESAG et aux beaux arts de Paris, Thomas Saliot s’est rapidement lancé dans l’exposition et la vente de ses œuvres dans divers endroits ( bars, restaurants, clubs…). il expose ensuite son travail dans des galeries de la capitale française, voyage autour du monde et crée sa propre galerie dans le quartier du Marais à Paris.. Pendant plus de 10 ans, le lauréat des beaux-arts alterne voyages et expositions, vend sa galerie et s’installe finalement à Marrakech. Sa peinture est réaliste , principalement huile sur toile.... Ses sources d'inspirations sont actuelles la mode,les voyages, la musique ... S'il devait être rattaché à un courant de peinture, ce serait sûrement le Popart,avec toutefois un coté plus classique. Cet artiste de talent mi réaliste,mi-onirique, peint des scènes de vie quotidienne captée durant ses voyages, dans un style original... ses œuvres se basent essentiellement sur la peinture classique imprégnée de sujets modernes



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