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Breakfast on the Lake

Vladimir Kush, the artist, painting one of his...

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oil on canvas by Vladimir Kush.

one of my favorite by him, although i love pretty much every piece he has created. his imagination is just amazing and i liked how the painting is literal to its name…


Vladimir Kush

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Bakery Shop

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Kush was born in Russia, in a small one-story wooden house on the northern edge of Moscow, near the forest-park, Sokolniki

At the age of seven, concurrent with general education, Vladimir began to attend art school until late evening where he became acquainted with the works of great artists of the Renaissance, famous Impressionists, and Modern artists.

Vladimir Kush entered the Moscow Higher Art and Craft School at age 17, but a year later he was conscripted. After six months of military training the unit commander thought it more appropriate to employ him exclusively for peaceful purposes, namely, painting propagandistic posters.

After military service and graduating the Institute of Fine Arts, Vladimir painted portraits on Arbat Street to support his family during the hard times in Russia.

In the year 1987, Vladimir began to take part in exhibitions organized by the Union of Artists. At a show in Coburg, Germany in 1990, nearly all his displayed paintings sold and after closing the exhibition, he parted ways with the two other Russian artists that had accompanied him. He flew to Los Angeles where 20 of his works were exhibited and began his “American Odyssey.”

In Los Angeles, Kush worked in a small, rented home garage, but was unable to find a place to display his paintings. He earned money by drawing portraits on the Santa Monica pier and later moved to Hawaii.

A dealer from France noticed the originality of the work and organized an exhibition in Hong Kong in 1993 at the Schoeni Art Gallery. Success surpassed all expectations. Kush then published his first album in Moscow and his work on a huge panel in the Mandarin Hotel was featured on television.

In 1993, Kush painted several panels featuring the prehistoric whales that now decorate the Whale Museum on Kaanapali Beach in Maui. In 1995, a new exhibition in Hong Kong at the Mandarin Fine Art Gallery brought more success. In 2001 Kush opened his first gallery, Kush Fine Art in Lahaina, Hawaii. In addition, he now has locations in New York, Las Vegas and Laguna Beach, California where admirers visit from all corners of the earth.

Book of Books

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I dont think i could ever begin to describe this painting in any way, no words can describe my reaction or knowledge of such a painting as harmonic looking and sweet as this, even though its a little daunting with the wings sticking out of the pages.

Symbol of divine revelation. On the Greek mosaic of XI century is represented Christ, holding in hands the Bible. As asserts Borges (Jorge Luis Borges. Letters of God) any book is a ramified labyrinth and, going on it, it is always possible to encounter the Book of the Books. Translucent, nacreous colors emphasize virgin purity of image of Mary holding baby Jesus, wings of the butterfly behind her personify the soul aspiring to the blue skies. Symbolism of the picture where the figure of Virgin Mary seemingly merges with the Book of Books, associates with figurativeness of the fresco “Annunciation” pictured by Italian master of Early Renaissance Fra Angelico. It represents Archangel Gabriel appearing before Maria as she was absorbed in reading the Bible – the passage in the Book of Isaiah, where was spoken about the virgin who will give birth to the son.

Girl painting with her hair (via thekevinchen)

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who would have ever thought it possible…

Girl painting with her hair Oh my goshdarngiddlygoodness.  This is just so wacked out in a good way. I’d buy one of those.  The painting, I mean. … Read More

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Drawing as an End, Not a Means

Second Reformed Dutch Church

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This an article from the new york times, on Robin Hollands new exhibition…. I did not write this myself, only thought it intriguing, the news article is the first under Related Articles…

Published: October 29, 2010

Thomas Nozkowski said that drawing a finished painting helps him let go of the painting. 

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OVER the centuries painters have used drawing to prepare for committing their ideas to posterity on canvas. Paper has been a material for sketching, planning and trying out a composition in advance of the main event.

But for an exhibition at the Pace Gallery at 510 West 25th Street in Chelsea that opened this month, the veteran abstract painter Thomas Nozkowski took a different approach. He used drawing as a cool-down exercise rather than a warm-up. The show features 19 pairs of works, each one a painting and a smaller, corresponding work on paper in ink, pencil and gouache.

The drawings are still studies of a kind, but they all reflect back on a just-finished major canvas filled with the artist’s signature squares, triangles and rounded biomorphic forms.

“I started this nine months ago,” said Mr. Nozkowski, 66, who lives with his wife, the sculptor Joyce Robins, in this small town in Ulster County about 90 miles north of Manhattan. “I do a lot of drawing, but I’ve never done this method before. I was just kind of bored one afternoon.”

Mr. Nozkowski — who is widely admired among his art-world peers, if not widely known by the greater public — has spent from 18 months to as many as 15 years on a canvas but can turn out two drawings in a day. He has never been in the habit of preparatory drawing.

“I came to New York in 1961, and all my teachers were second-generation Abstract Expressionist painters,” he said. “I believe in those principles of not doing preliminary sketches — of acting, not having a preconception of where you’re going to go.”

For Mr. Nozkowski paintings are “hot,” he said, while drawings are “cooler, less passionate.” He added that the new method helps him let go of work that has consumed him for years.

“It solves the problem of the emotional engagement with the painting,” he said.

He also has an old-school abstractionist’s attitude about titles and divulging anything about a painting’s inspiration. “Too much information is a trap for the viewer,” he said, which can trivialize an open-ended work. He did allow that of the three pairs shown here, one relates to his father’s stay in a nursing home.

None of the pieces in the Pace exhibition is large. The paintings are 22 by 28 inches, a size so familiar (a window, a medium-size TV screen) as to be invisible, Mr. Nozkowski said. The drawings are just 8 by 10 inches, and all represent a brief, final riff on the main pictorial idea.

“For me a painting is finished when I finally understand why I wanted to do it in the first place,” Mr. Nozkowski said. “Like Godard said, the most interesting thing is to go to the end of an idea, to play something out almost to the point of madness.”

Trippy earth piece

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide

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Psychedelic art paintings are mainly inspired by the artist’s psychedelic experiences induced by hallucinogenic mind-expanding substances such as psilocybin, LSD, MDMA and mescaline……


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In common parlance, “Psychedelic Painting Art” refers above all to the art scene of the counterculture in the 1960s. Visual art was a counterpart to the era’s psychedelic rock music and the free-spirited subculture.


Life Drawing class in the Foundation Visual Ar...

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this picture looks so spiritual and psychadelic. there is so much detail in the picture…. i wonder how long it took the artist to draw…

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