~ Oil on Canvas Paintings ~









Dance 2017.
Original oil on canvas painting
 42x30 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses




Bride 2017.
Original oil on canvas painting
 36x42 cm
Series The Secret Gardens
Model: Janna Prosvirina
» Work in progress









Catch the Sun 2016.
Original oil on canvas painting
 51x30 cm
Series The Secret Gardens
» Work in progress



Morning 2016.
Original oil on canvas painting
 30x39 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses
» Detail






Flower 2015.
Original oil on canvas painting
 41x40 cm
Series The Secret Gardens
Model: Kory Sanders
» Work in progress

  










Lost Kingdom 2015.
Original oil on canvas painting
 60x41 cm
Series The Secret Gardens
Model: Marjolein Gulinski

















Devil 2014.
Original oil on canvas painting
 40x28 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses
  » Work in progress
 




Angel 2014.
Original oil on canvas painting
 50x59 cm
Series The Secret Gardens
» Work in progress









Memories 2013.
Original oil on canvas painting
60x40 cm
Series The Secret Gardens
» Detail













Hope 2012.
Original oil on canvas painting
30x32.5 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses
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Promise 2011.
Original oil on canvas painting
 42x40 cm
Series The Secret Gardens
» Work in progress









The King 2011.
Original oil on canvas painting
 59x42 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses
» Work in progress
  » Detail








Challenge 2010.
Original oil on canvas painting
 50x40 cm
Series The Secret Gardens




Mirror 2010.
Original oil on canvas painting
 27x30 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses
» Detail







Prayer 2009.
Original oil on canvas painting
 33x25 cm
Series The Secret Gardens
Model: Thomas Willeford
» Detail

 







Friendship 2009.
Original oil on canvas painting
 42x30 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses
» Detail
 






Presentiment 2008.
Original oil on canvas painting
 30x26 cm
Series The Secret Gardens
Model: Marjolein Gulinski
» Detail




Silence 2007.
Original oil on canvas painting
27x39 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses


Heaven riders 2006.
Original oil on canvas painting
 35x55 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses
» Detail

   


Winner 2005.
Original oil on canvas painting
 40x56 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses
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Dream 2003.
Original oil on canvas painting
 50x40 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses

   






Princess 2003.
Original oil on canvas painting
 50x40 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses
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Language of roses 2003.
Original oil on canvas painting
 50x40 cm

  
  


Awakening 2002.
Original oil on canvas painting
  24x30 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses

   



Whirlwind 2002.
Original oil on canvas painting
 24x30 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses
  
  


Blue blood 2002.
Original oil on canvas painting
 24x30 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses






۞

Art is complex, and, in many ways, mysterious human activity. Every human being sometimes feels the need to touch the unknown, to create something original. Artists are the only beings who can explain their fantasies and experiences through their works. They allow them to present their vision of the world as it can not be expressed by other means. Their works contain different elements of ethical, religious, sensual and symbolic nature. They often stem from contact with the reality that the artist has experienced. Now far away, year 1432, has been remembered as one of the most important in the history of painting. Brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck created a new technique; they began to use oil colors. In the Flemish ateliers was discovered the new process that has created stable and unchanging sumptuous colors. By virtue of this technique, easel painting became the music that accompanies us until today. Flemish painters have enriched art and gave original achievements, with which nothing else could be compared. The brothers van Eyck had used the oil medium with excellent refinement. Alternating thick and translucent colors, they enriched their paintings with beautiful tones and soft, shiny brightness. In the works of Jan van Eyck exploration of reality and its representation by means of light and color is elevated to a height that was not surpassed in the next two centuries. The Flemish Renaissance is not based on ancient beauty, but it celebrates the spirit of untidy nature and lives with the power of inner freedom. It reproduces what it sees, without admiration. Unlike the Flemish, the Italian Renaissance is sprinkled with a completely different spirit. Venice in painting goes its own way. On the beautiful portraits of Antonello da Messina, there are clear possibilities that provide oil colors. Faces shine in front of the background filled with shadows. To capture this light, which breaks into water and fades with objects and people in a multitude of shades and in a game that never calms down, it was what the Venetian painters were constantly tormenting. Crucial changes that have taken place on the artistic scene in the early sixteenth century are linked to Giorgione. In an unusual iconography detail in his canvases, whose content is very mysterious, hints the great talent of a humanist: in gentle strokes of the paintbrush intertwined poetry of light, dreamy landscapes and mythological scenes. Giorgione was the first painter who shows impermanence. Unlike him, Tintoretto’s paintings are all alive. His creative talent came to the fore on dramatic canvases: nervous work, flickering oil colors, irrepressible imagination, distorted figures and gold whirlwinds of light, contributing to the strength of his expression. While the Renaissance in Italy celebrated the beauty of the world and the greatness of a man as an intelligent being, the Nordic way of thinking turns to everything that is gloomy and inexplicable in life. At a time when faith is no longer sufficient to answer all questions and when suspicion overtakes the human spirit, there is an irony in the works of the artists. However, nothing can fascinate us so much as El Greco’s portraits can. In the delightful face of his Madonna is reflected insightful interpreter of the Castilian soul. His portraits of men are discovering the power of his psychological analysis. On them is reflected personal stamp of the author. Deforming facial lines with painful asymmetries, he leaves behind an impressive work of the experienced fears and melancholy. All El Greco’s canvases are filled with not materialized light. Flickering of a dark gray color gives the objects a heavenly atmosphere. The view that the artist revives on his portraits goes through things to another world. The excitement is characteristic of all his characters. They are all filled with a religious fervor that is completely remote to the Renaissance spirit and which announces the spiritual language of the Baroque. Caravaggio, with his aggressive realism of ordinary and dramatic, denied any splendor of luxury. His reality is painted with special sensibility and faithful demonstration of all things, which he carefully separated from the background with strict edges. Miraculous colorist Velázquez in his masterpieces moments turns into eternity. On them, as on stage, alternate interesting models: kings, princes, noblemen, servants and beggars. The rich palette of a great artist takes us to the blue distance of Castilian plateaus and war scenes with the legendary Spanish knights and their magnificent horses. Great Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens is obsessed with the movements. His epic canvases are always full of figures in motion; the bodies and contours of powerful horses were painted with restless lines. This great artist impresses with the richness of imagination, inspired by the movements and colors, in which the history and mythology are intertwined. His strong personality enabled him to synthesize all its sources and unique style that combines the natural and the supernatural, reality and imagination, wisdom and spirituality. Except Rubens, just another artist of the Flemish Baroque has gained an international reputation. Anthony van Dyck, whom Rubens considered of his best student, was too brilliant to stay in the shadow of his teacher. He studied his models with more perspicacity than Rubens. All English aristocracy passed in front of his easel. Anthony van Dyck in his works showed a great gift for painting portraits and entire human figures in a natural size, peaceful by dignified movements, but at the same time very disturbed in psychological terms. He is often left to the magic of sunset, trees, the shiny forests and horses with golden mane. The emergence of Rembrandt, the greatest genius of Dutch art, wrote a whole new vocabulary of the artistic scene. Powerful as the prophets and apostles, he is illuminated with new light portraits, still life, landscapes and religious scenes. Textiles, jewelry and armors are not so many ornaments as they are participants in some spiritual sublimity and magic, immortalized with brilliant oil colors. His powerful moves are opposed to the smooth surface of the canvas. Despite many difficulties and disappointments, he never climbed as high as in the masterpieces of his adulthood. One of his most brilliant students, Carel Fabritius, had a great influence on the creativity of talented Vermeer. Although enclosed in four walls, where only sea charts, world maps, compasses and books calling for reverie, Vermeer was constantly discovered something new. Relations between objects, rhythms and colors are calculated with such accuracy that it could not move anything, even a millimeter, but not to disturb the balance of the painting. The most common daily scene from the life on his canvases becomes unreal, a moment turns into eternity. A Vermeer empty walls turns into a mirrors in which are connected the gold and blue of sumptuous palette of oil colors. He did not have teachers or students. His canvases are lonely and in European art represent a moment separated from the intact and not shadowed bliss; on them reality becomes pure imagination. “View of Delft” is a silent encounter between the ripple of blue water, which rustles like silk, and static buildings in the distance. Every detail is permeated with poetry, even the sun that effuses the light-orange rays on the roofs and facades. Georges de la Tour was realized that the drama of the painting does not depend on the topics, but on light and shadow. His desire to enrich and elevate everyday life, turns each of these ordinary scenes into something extraordinary; his models are serious, calm as statues, and the folds of their clothes falling flat, as if they were carved with a chisel of a sculptor. Caravaggio was the embodiment of reformatory spirit that tends to return to nature and the cruel reality, and Antoine Watteau gave a new form of the eternal human dream of the golden age. He grabbed all the moments of insouciance; in the company of musicians, lovely walkers show us their beautiful dresses made of satin, while they are moving around floral gardens like the breeze. In the works of the great visionary William Turner, we can see the whole world in one cloud or sunbeam. Explosive mixture of scraped, polished and diluted oil colors, expressed the effort to understand and express the cosmic truth. Delacroix was able to show the flash of saber, to revive the horse’s breath of flame that coming out of its nostrils. Not sparing, with his brilliant talent, he poured poetry of details that was, from all his painted battles, created epic. He perfected his technique without becoming a slave of any painting mode or imitator of any art school; he created continuously, everywhere and at all times, considering nature as an inexhaustible treasury of emotions and phenomena. He said that the greatest value of a canvas is if it is a feast for the eye. Lucid and passionate, lonely and mistrustful, Delacroix considered painting as his only love. He often said that he needed several lifetimes to accomplish all that was boiling inside him. Gustave Courbet achieves the supernatural in its forests and its meadows, which he created by throwing oil paint with spatula in a thick layer giving the painting an impressive luster, pointing to us in this unique way to the mysterious luxuriating of nature. What give value and durability to the smallest, as well as his biggest canvases, are their strength, harmony and magnificence of the models. Vehemence of the sea has never been so strongly expressed as in his works. No matter what he painted, he always confirms itself: both in the snowbound landscapes and in the landscapes which bathes in the summer sun, and in still life, portraits. Coloring the lines, Degas wrote a novel about the moments captured in vivid movements of the bodies, players and racehorses. However, no one was able to make living animals as Rosa Bonheur. She painted them with convincing naturalism and therefore was later ranked among the most influential realists. English painting has reached its most complete expression in landscapes. John Constable was preoccupied with the heaven, light, and atmosphere more than his predecessors. Like a meteorologist, he was constantly studying a changeable drama in the sky. All his oils are showing beautiful scenes of English landscapes. Neither before nor after him, there was no artist who could capture the game of natural phenomena with such power as he did. Joshua Reynolds on his portraits immortalized the English aristocracy of the eighteenth century. From the beautiful children’s portraits, he turns to portraits of gentlemen and warriors. His sensual personality is most evident when he paints the beauty of a woman in her fullness of her charm, embracing her so that he becomes the creator of a certain sophisticated style and a culture that is not superficial. Unlike this sophistication and tranquility, Van Gogh’s work has taken over the mission to express a human drama. The color sings, screams and leaks on the canvas only to explain feelings and passions. The paintbrush does not smear the color, but it digs the furrow in style, which is itself pervaded by man’s unrest. In this endless gallery of different styles and expressions there is a splendid panorama of painting, in which the canvas of every artist is woven out of the experience. It is an expression of the search for meaning, floating the inner reaches, adventure, and a mixture of different characters, objects and situations. From the ascent of imagination, the moment of inspiration and the move of paintbrush, the satisfaction of creation is born, full of surprises. Painting with oil colors is a great challenge, journey, quest and adventure: sometimes it is just a dark mist, in which flashing some bright spots, and sometimes it is sunlit landscape enriched with colorful portraits and playful horses. It also changed for centuries within a very restrictive two-dimensional epochs and it is still interesting. Each artist carries the secret of its existence. The question is to what extent this mystery can be known in his works. The blank canvas is the biggest challenge for him and does not leave him alone until it is finished, the challenge to head beyond the visible and the real, the challenge to look for the mysterious meaning of a spiritual adventure in the web of symbolic elements. Art is an expanse of myths, beliefs, legends, visions, poetry, enigma, fantasy, imagination, dreams, colors and details that testify about the culture, customs, birth and death. It is always a part of everyday life that we constantly meet. Paintings connect times, they document the people, animals, nature and things that we will be able to compare across them.

~ Arabian Horse Art ~





Hope 2012.
Original oil on canvas painting
  30x32.5 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses
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Wonderful World 2008.
Original pencil drawing
 33x41 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses

   


Silence 2007.
Original oil on canvas painting
 27x39 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses

   




In clouds 2007.
Original pencil drawing
 34x36 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses



Heaven riders 2006.
Original oil on canvas painting
 35x55 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses
» Detail

   




Flame 2006.
Original pastel drawing
 35x34 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses










My way 2006.
Original pencil drawing
 40x29 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses

   






Dream 2003.
Original oil on canvas painting
 50x40 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses

   






Princess 2003.
Original oil on canvas painting
 50x40 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses
» Detail

   



Whirlwind 2002.
Original oil on canvas painting
 24x30 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses








Whisper 2001.
Original pastel drawing
 42x29 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses











  ۞

Romantic Arabian horse is considered the most beautiful of all the horses. Its homeland stretches over endless desert highlands of Najd in the western part of Saudi Arabia, and its magnificent mane flying in many parts of the world. It is present everywhere: in places where there are numerous heroes and ordinary people, in the nature surrounding man, in many objects, phenomena and beliefs. It is carved in difficult living conditions, in which survive only the most resilient, in the heart of Arabia, and crystallized as its most beautiful pearl. Gently transmitted from generation to generation, it is vented in the embrace of harsh climate and hard nomadic life. Created by crossbreeding Central Asia and Altai-Mongolian horses, it is the oldest and most persistent race horse. Its intelligence and spirited nature reflects in its bright, big and expressive eyes, about whose insight and benevolence speaks many myths, legends and songs. The exalted neck and the beautiful line of its slender body write verses about the being created by light and dreams. Fairies created it from the snow and gave it hidden strength - the invisible wings, which often helped it to overtake the opponent and the first to reach the desired goal, to skip obstacles and ravines to escape from evil. The wind revived it, the dew watered it with freshness, the mountain fed it with foliage, the meadow adorned it with the flowers, and the desert protected it with sand. Loyal and always awake, it never betrayed its master. Genghis Khan and Tamerlane are known as the most capable cavalry commanders in the history of the human race. Tamerlane constantly crossed his horses with the Arabians and no one else had such an effective cavalry as his. Powerful and durable, and at the same time fragile and emotional, with their unique anatomy, unusual beauty and attractiveness, Arabians leave unforgettable impression. Beside their exotic appearance, they fascinate with their incredible speed that has been developing through the history while running in the desert sand. Arabian horse races have been taking place for at least two thousand years B.C. on the Arabian Peninsula. Art and oral tradition of Bedouins who have been related to the “desert horse” for centuries testify of this fact. Extremely beautiful, noble and gentle, and spirited and strong at the same time, persistent and tough, it remained noticed in the history of art as an inexhaustible source of inspiration of many artists. It is immortalized in many wonderful paintings, sculptures and drawings across the globe. There is not an art museum on whose walls we can not meet its magnificent beauty. Its temperament and elegance enrich the epic works of many great artists, who treat it with respect (Edwin Lord Weeks, Adolf Schreyer, Alberto Pasini, Otto Pilny, Gustave Achille Guillaumet, Eugène Fromentin, Jacques-Laurent Agasse and Victor Pierre Huguet). In the works of Alberto Pasini, oriental scenes are extraordinarily interpreted: high figures of imaginary knights, turbans, fabrics and ornaments, bathed in the sun’s rays. Gustave Achille Guillaumet often visited Algeria and many of his works depict the cruel life of humans and animals in the desert. Jacques-Laurent Agasse was an excellent connoisseur of animal anatomy and had great love for English runners, which he frequently displayed in his works. Théodore Géricault spent his short life painting the dashing jumps of Arabian horses and the heroic battles of the horsemen. He, with great enthusiasm, immortalized the restless, unrestrained Arabians, who are like a fire that comes out of a volcano that people are struggling to tame. Like a glowing lightning, they have a need to shine. Their movements are as strong as wind and storm, and their view is gentle like a moon. In this view, the moments of many terrible times, endless and hard journeys of desert sand, countless insurmountable obstacles, wandering and uncertainty stopped.

~ Pencil Drawings ~









Connection 2008.
Original pencil drawing

 30x24 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses





Wonderful World 2008.
Original pencil drawing

 33x41 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses








Keeyana 2008.
Original pencil drawing

 30x24 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses

   




Fairies 2007.
Original pencil drawing
 29x32 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses

   








The call 2007.
Original pencil drawing
 50x35 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses

   




In clouds 2007.
Original pencil drawing
 34x36 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses

   











Friends 2006.
Original pencil drawing
 41x20 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses

  


Family 2006.
Original pencil drawing
 40x57 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses


  


Sunset 2006.
Original pencil drawing
 28x41 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses


  







My way 2006.
Original pencil drawing
 40x29 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses










۞

Pencil drawings are always a big challenge in the mysterious world of art. Playing with light and shadow, pencils create portraits of people and animals, magnificence and cruelty of nature. Unruly scenes often light up the imagination of the artist, who is identified with them. In these scenes, we often encounter with the elusive movements of wild horses and agitated birds, with events that intertwine past and present, with gray, which describes the destiny of many lives. The luxurious nature provokes different feelings and admiration. The drawings sometimes show non-existent, and sometimes the real world and their role are to initiate an art and presentation of the different phenomena and concepts. Everyday scenes and various motifs and objects attracted the attention of artists. They turn them into black-and-white world of their own experience. Sometimes it’s all live in them, alternate scenes of beautiful women, landscapes and gorgeous horses, shaded with the finest pencils. Sometimes they are black-and-white images of gloomy impenetrable streets and deserted coastlines, and sometimes they are just an escape from suffering, facing the past, lyrical times. Pencils tirelessly tested drawing objects to the smallest detail. They reveal the secrets of a strange world of darkness and light, noise and silence, serenity and restlessness, which is very different from that in which we spend most of the time. In this world, alternate light and dark skies, gray and white clouds, rolling hills and flat fields, sunsets and mornings, flowery and release areas. These scenes take observers to long-forgotten dreams and a life that has yet to discover. In this oblivion, the releasing of colors, the ruling only contrast and bright, shine and darkness; even stories that emerge from the mysterious gaze of strange portraits, are clearer. Artists with their infinite patience and precision perpetuate beautiful expanse, far from the chaos and noise of everyday life. The art of our civilization would not be so rich that in its collections there are no drawings of many great artists. Known for his self-portraits, Albrecht Dürer, a drawer and painter, is versatile in terms of subjects and techniques in his works. His spirit was constantly moving forward. Many testimonies of the time in which he lives are found in his portraits of people and in lovely studies of flowers, insects, birds, horses and various other animals. The giants of the Flemish Baroque, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, left behind numerous impressive, powerful and precise drawings. At the center of every artistic event in the Netherlands, in the seventeenth century, there is a man. Carved by many pencils, he is infinitely diverse in his essence, in the manifestation of his personality and his reflections on the world. Rembrandt interprets the character of this new man in his works with a depth which, with each new day, becomes bigger, from his distressed youthful quest to a lonely and bitter age. He constantly recorded his vision of everyday life and wrote his ideas and thoughts with sketches, which he later developed into new works. Shaping figures with lines is not as easy as it looks. Antoine Watteau’s interest in drawing and sketch comes from his young days. With a passionate inventive gift and quick moves, he fixed the moments, movements and costumes of the actors with pencils. In his works, almost always, extraordinary fineness prevails. The unusual faces, which he represented in different positions and with different expressions, attracted his attention. The black and white landscapes of Camille Corot are lyrical, shimmering and very gentle. In the drawings of Edgar Degas, his impressionistic manner comes to full expression. He was constantly striving to demonstrate the movement of ballerina and acrobatics. In contrast to these themes, there are those that show man’s hard life. The bitter cognition that life is more grief and nightmare than happiness can be seen in the works of many artists. The fate of small people, loners and peasants, according to which Vincent van Gogh felt affection, is a common theme of his drawings and achievements. Prints of the soul, imprinted on paper, are sometimes explained with full, and sometimes with broken lines. In them, the creator’s restlessness, which constantly travels from darkness to passion, from longing into trepidation, is reflected.