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Ice knights

Painting, 2010, 100×182.5×0.1 cm

Description of the artwork «Ice knights»

"Ice Knights", 100x182.5 cm, oil on canvas, 2010-2011

From the memories of my early childhood - I'm less than a year old grandfather is holding me in his arms, we are in the kitchen. My mother is next to us. Outside the window is winter, on the branches of mountain ash - bullfinches. The radio is broadcasting a hockey match. Grandpa says to me: "Say hockey!" Me: "Hockey!" This was my first word that I spoke. And I said it cleanly, without hesitation. That was the time of the second half of the seventies of the twentieth century. Hockey in the USSR was one of the most popular sports. Our country won victories over the strongest teams of Czechoslovakia, Canada, Sweden, Austria, Finland. Our hockey players were honored no less than the cosmonauts. I remember how in the evenings the courtyards were emptied and each family gathered in front of the TV, some sat in an armchair, some on a chair, I sat on a small white wooden stool - everyone watched our game. I didn't understand anything, but I felt the atmosphere of struggle, excitement, and the celebration of victory! And ours never disappointed - they proudly carried the title of triumphant all over the world! Many childhood memories I have are connected with the winter season, with snow, mountain ash outside the window, bullfinches and also with hockey rinks in every yard - it was so popular.

When I began to develop my own style - ornamentalism, I took one of the first themes in my paintings and stories - hockey. He wrote many pictures on this topic, such as: "Triumph", "A boy's dream of the yards", "Hockey fan". The most epochal painting was my painting "The Ice Knights". The scaled canvas is large - about two square meters. The painting depicts a plot from the time of Soviet hockey. There is only one USSR player - he is in the center - this is Sergei Makarov - at number 24. He is surrounded by opponents, but despite the unequal forces, our player manages to score the winning goal - the puck flies into the goal. Makarov still holds the record for goals scored among Soviet and Russian hockey players. On his account - 714 washers.
I depicted the style of onamentism in the painting through large patterns in the form of snowflakes. This is my "trademark" favorite technique in painting - to layer the image of a snowflake on a real plot.

The triumphant victories of hockey players left their mark on the fate of my painting - it twice participated in the largest and most significant All-Russian exhibitions. 2013 - All-Russian exhibition "About sport, you are the world!" Kazan, Gallery of Contemporary Art of the State National Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan. The exhibition was dedicated to the World Summer Universiade in Kazan. 2014 - All-Russian exhibition "Sport-Art-Sochi", Sochi Art Museum. The exhibition was held under the auspices of the Year of Museums, the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

The painting turned out to be in great demand among museums, galleries and private collectors of the world - at the moment there is an original and two copyright repetitions of "Ice Knights": the original is in the Moscow Museum-Gallery "New Hermitage-One", and two versions - one in St. Petersburg and the second in Miami Beach Florida USA.
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Genre scene, Battle scene, Historical scene

Style of art: Realism, Socialist realism, Magical realism, Ornamentalism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 2010

Size: 100×182.5×0.1 cm