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Heavenly horse

Painting, 2020, 80×100 cm

Description of the artwork «Heavenly horse»

That is my tribute to Mezen Painting (Russian North Painting).
Mezen painting. It is quite archaic, almost like a rock painting. Having absorbed the influence of the cultures of other peoples, primarily the Finno-Ugric, it has become a true masterpiece of the decorative and applied art of the Russian North. Hence its geometricity, which is unusual for traditional Russian schools. Any ornament, symbol, sign in the Mezen painting has a strictly defined meaning and refers us to the ideas of our ancestors, farmers and hunters, about the world around us. Since childhood, I remember these red horses on cutting boards, salt shakers, paddles. You get used to them and begin to take them for granted. Then you grow up and rediscover this painting for yourself. It is impossible not to fall in love with her, and the longer you are interested in her, the more she reveals her versatility to you and gives you knowledge about the ancestors who lived in the northern lands many years ago. And the names themselves that are used by the masters: earthly firmament, heavenly abyss, brace, elemental. It's just a song! In my work, I tried not to harm the authenticity and integrity of the Mezen painting and at the same time stylize it and present my vision so that it does not ossify like a dinosaur, but continues to live in accordance with modern trends.
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Landscape, Animalism, Mythological scene

Style of art: Naive, Ethno, Naive art, Animalism, Fantasy, Painting, Arts and crafts, Mythological painting

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 2020

Size: 80×100 cm

Location: Mike ronin

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