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02-07-2007, 06:19 AM


Oil on canvas
240 x 220 cm,
started at 1999
finished at 2006

May be it was one of more difficult artwork for me because there are many figures. All of them are mot from nature but from my mind.

At this artwork I would like to realize a possibility of the artist to show movement of bodies in different foreshortenings without an emphasis on the picturesque decision. It is wide a field of action for the artist.

The picture refers to very simply: «In studio». And it is valid. We see that the artist sits in his studio and writes a picture “Fight of titanes with Olympic gods”. A lion seats at his legs. It is my zodiac sign and my favorite animal, in which all - both force, and beauty, and plastic. He writes an artwork from Ancient Greek myths.

Titanes have intended to overthrow Olympic gods. But gods are immortal. The end is predetermined. The figure of the goddess of victory Nike crowns a composition. She "holds" the top part of a composition. From the center to a bottom you can see the chaotic arrangement of figures strengthening the moment of intensity. Under Nike you can see Zeus that starting up fiery arrows. The calmness of gods and confusion of titanes brings the moment of an emotion pressure in a picture. All characters concerning to this action in a picture are collected together. It is awful dog Cerberus, horses of the god of war Ores, the wood god Pan on a donkey, which his shout paralyze titans, and a terrible jellyfish, and all 12 Olympic gods.

It will be wonderfull for me to read your comments, critique and questions about this painting. And welcome to my gallery










Mony G
02-07-2007, 09:25 AM
Your work is really impressive!
I can understand why you took so long to finish this rather large painting...

although your style is quite different for Western European modern art standards it is really great indeed ...it is evident you also have a great knowledge of painting technique and drawing ... all those fore-shortened figures made by heart, WOW! .. all this many modern artists lack, and it is quite wrong, I think. I am only learning how to oil paint, and I realize I still have a long way to go ,but it is told I can draw quite well... and I greatly admire people like you who really know what they want to be!

I also gave a look into your website gallery... I've seen very good stuff there... meaningful, not empty work ... I love the shattered Madonna, for instance ! Too bad I cannot visualize the Russian characters ! I have studied some Russian many years ago , and I would have loved to be able to try to read something... just to make me feel less "rusty" as I have forgotten so much of it!

Thank you for letting us share all this!

Mony G

Anita Murphy
02-07-2007, 09:54 AM
WOW - there is certainly enough going on in this picture. What a fascinating piece! I have to say that my favourite bit is the painter in the foreground with the lion. Superb piece, Ilya - thank you for sharing with us!

02-11-2007, 05:02 AM
I love the work.

02-11-2007, 10:24 PM
Wonderful Ilyas!!! How have you being? :)