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Portrait of a young man with a dog and a parrot

Painting, 2010, 70×50×0.1 cm

Description of the artwork «Portrait of a young man with a dog and a parrot»

"Portrait of a young man with a dog and a parrot", 70 x 50 cm, oil on canvas, 2010 p. Author - Alexey Akindinov.

For me, a portrait of a young man with a dog and a parrot or simply "Portrait of Artemy" was a very honorable assignment, since it was commissioned by the Ryazan artists' family. They themselves could have painted a very high quality portrait of their son, but they preferred that I did it. Interestingly, the boy's mother was one of my teachers during my studies at the Ryazan Art School named after I. G.K. Wagner. Parents really wanted me to make a portrait in my style of ornamentalism and put in the meaning of signs and symbols the young man's aspiration for perseverance, hard work and achievement of the set goals. So I did. Working on a portrait is always a very difficult task, because you need to make it look like the original, you also need to grasp the peculiarities of a person's character, attachments and combine all this with my style - "ornamentalism". Having visited the artists' house, I saw how many animals they have and decided to include their favorite dog and parrot in the plot of the painting. Everyone posed for me with pleasure. When creating a portrait, I did a lot of pencil drawings on paper, sketches from nature. In the picture, I combined a realistic solution with the layering of patterns depicted on reality. The ornaments are very delicately inscribed into the canvas of the plot and are an integral part of it.

After I handed over the portrait of their son to the customers, the boy began to study more diligently, getting "excellent" marks. I don't know if the signs I depicted in the plot influenced this, or if it was just the efforts of a young man to achieve success in his studies, in order to become a real artist, one way or another I was very pleased with my new job! I am glad that I managed to harmoniously combine a realistic image with ornamental structures, making them a full-fledged part of the depicted reality. In addition to signs aimed at perseverance in training, I laid a symbolic meaning in animals, since a dog is a friend of a person, this is the wish for a young man to have true friends. The bird is a symbol of freedom. The coast is a symbol of the new opportunities that await a young artist in the sea of fine art ...
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Portrait, Marina, Genre scene, Animalism

Style of art: Classicism, Realism, Ornamentalism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 2010

Size: 70×50×0.1 cm