~ 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
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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
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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
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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
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Prayer 2009.
Original oil on canvas painting
 33x25 cm
Series The Secret Gardens
Model: Thomas Willeford
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Friendship 2009.
Original oil on canvas painting
 42x30 cm
Series The Magical World of Horses
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Presentiment 2008.
Original oil on canvas painting
 30x26 cm
Series The Secret Gardens
Model: Marjolein Gulinski
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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
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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






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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.