Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Surreal Enchantment

My most coveted paintings are that of the Ukrainian artist Vachagan Narazyan.
His art is hauntingly beautiful, poetic and magical. Infused with mystery, the work teases the mind with it's provocative symbolic undertones. I fell in love with Narazyan's art years ago, when I first saw a small painting of his in a Brooklyn gallery, selling for $800. At that time it was an astronomical sum for me. How I'm kicking myself now for not maxing out my credit card and purchasing that painting!
At this point prices for his original art range between $6,000 and $13,000, sigh...

This whimsical and surreal painting Casanova" is very similar to the one I could have purchased for $800!

Vachagan Narazyan’s epic and intimate paintings are arguably amongst the most important works to surface and still develop from the repression of the former Soviet Union. With a style that blends old-world images with futuristic visions, the artist creates a world of mystery and enchantment for the viewer to explore.

Upon viewing the painting, many times one feels as if one has entered a room and interrupted the amusement of other-worldly sprites.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Fairytale Creatures

Arthur Rackham is one of my favorite children's books illustrators. His art is full of wonder and inspiration. It opens up before the reader a world of magic and whimsy.


The Gossips

Little People's Market - Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures, 1917
I have a giclee of this illustration hanging over my couch. I also purchased an original first edition book illustration on e-bay, but decided against framing it since the miniature creatures get quite lost on the wall.


Wee-Folk, 1917 Book of Pictures

Fairy Queen

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

In Wonderland

"...Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies,
Never seen by waking eyes..."

-Lewis Carroll