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08-17-2009, 05:32 AM

A few months ago I posted some etudes to my painting named “Inquisition”. Now I start this painting on canvas and would like to show you the result after 1 week. I am working quickly so there are a lot of done already. The size of canvas is big. It is 240 x 440 cm (96 x 176 in.). I included a picture of mine with the canvas as background to show you the dimensions of the painting.
As for the history of this painting it’s my attitude to the horrors of Inquisition times. It is not order of somebody. Really free creative artwork.
6 etudes to this painting you will find at the bottom of this page http://www.painterilya.com/Works11E.htm






08-17-2009, 06:28 AM
Thank you for providing the viewer perspective with the first image. I was today remembering the popularly called 'Night Watch' by Rembrandt and how no photograph can give you any 'sense' of that work until you stand before it in the darkened room and let the light come to you. I imagine your Inquisition will have a similar sense.

08-17-2009, 09:30 AM
You Sir are a Master Painter!!! BRAVO!!!

08-17-2009, 10:32 AM
What a lot of work, I bet months worth...nice job man, truely a masterpiece...

08-17-2009, 11:47 AM
those studies are wonderful - so powerful and dynamic - and horrific

I hope you are going to keep the freshness and power of those in the final piece

08-17-2009, 12:19 PM
I am reminded of the children of Ireland. I don't think I have ever seen a work of such stark power and truth. It puts Michaelangelo's pandering to shame...Aspenman has said it well: "You Sir are a Master Painter!!! BRAVO!!!" What though does one do with such a major work as this...I doubt it would be welcomed in a religious edifice...the secular world is interested in compiling the evidences against religion but not hanging related art...?

08-17-2009, 03:55 PM
Oh my gosh.... this leaves one speechless. Disturbing, compelling, stunning... masterful. I look forward to seeing further progress on this.

08-17-2009, 11:52 PM
boy....what ambition....I look forward to this.....yd

08-18-2009, 08:23 AM
Gosh, amazing. The sheer size of the painting is mind boggling. Move over yd, make room for me..:) Yes right there beside you is fine thank you, what a gentleman..

08-18-2009, 10:16 AM
It's really fascinating to look at the close ups and see how you develop the figures. This is going to be a very important piece for you, I think. I like that you are running with it and letting your approach be free. With your level of skill, this will certainly pay big dividends.

And although this is about the Inquisition, there might be allegorical ties to modern spiritual oppression as well?

08-18-2009, 12:28 PM
I am reminded of the children of Ireland. I don't think I have ever seen a work of such stark power and truth. It puts Michaelangelo's pandering to shame...Aspenman has said it well: "You Sir are a Master Painter!!! BRAVO!!!" What though does one do with such a major work as this...I doubt it would be welcomed in a religious edifice...the secular world is interested in compiling the evidences against religion but not hanging related art...?
Thank you for reply. Nice to know your painting is interesting to the viewer. Of course this composition is tragically and may be not clear for the believers. But this is real historical facts! And now we have the same situation in modified appearance. And this is not literature description but the painting that has another possibility that is influence on eyes and brain. Firstly is painting quality, skill of the drawing, colouring and setting of masses. Secondly is its possibility to set thinking. I hope to finish this painting keeping impression for eye and mind.
Painter Ilya

08-18-2009, 10:52 PM
Well done and deeply moving. Very dark sad time in history . I'm a bit upset on hearing Micheangelo's work called panderings if we are talking about someone who spent a good part of his life in harsh conditions creating such masterful artwork. Out of curiosity are you using models and the sketches. It would be very interesting to see how you developed the scenes for these large peices....................well done....john

08-24-2009, 08:27 AM
I am continue to work at my “Inquisition” and I want to show you the central and right parts of the painting and the work at plastique and colour . Your last comments were great and useful for me. Thank you. Sorry for distorted images. My studio to small..





09-07-2009, 06:57 AM
Here is a painting after 20 weeks of work. I defined the composition and find the color. Next stage is work on the details in color and drawing separate groups and parts. I very am waiting for your comments and critique. And you are welcome to my gallery http://www.painterilya.com/indexE.htm






09-07-2009, 12:00 PM
Absolutely amazing.

09-07-2009, 01:20 PM
I can only say that this piece takes my breath away. Thanks for showing it so well and so vividly

09-15-2009, 11:13 PM
YOU ARE THE ONE!! Where can I get a print of this? AMAZING WORK!! If I had one wish come true, it would be to meet you!! Magga - [email protected]

09-17-2009, 03:29 PM
YOU ARE THE ONE!! Where can I get a print of this? AMAZING WORK!! If I had one wish come true, it would be to meet you!! Magga - [email protected]

Thank you for reply. I will have my jubilee exhibition at the August, 2010 at Kazan city, Russia so you are very welcome. Who knows may be you will have possibility to visit this exhibition. As for the print its a little bit hard because we are living in different countries but if you want its possible to send prints with size 20 x 30 cm via post to you.

12-30-2009, 04:55 PM

This is amazing Ilya! THanks for showing this as a WIP as well really great to see you tackle such a huge canvas and complex painting


01-28-2010, 01:35 PM
wow! This is fantastic!

01-28-2010, 09:04 PM
Have you considered painting something large next time? :)


Leonardo DaVinci would be proud of you.
This has got to be very powerful when viewed in person.

07-23-2010, 12:38 PM
Had to look yet another time.....great work, Magga

07-23-2010, 02:22 PM
I can appreciate the quality of your work but I don't understand your motive for making these paintings. They are, indeed, a horror.

07-24-2010, 11:08 AM
your paintings depicting the worst of organized religion are very powerful. I would love to be able to see them in person. Some of your work rivals the quality of paintings I saw in the Louvre!

07-24-2010, 11:34 AM
This is amazing......but weird thing to paint about......

07-24-2010, 11:37 AM
sorry, Ilya...my 13 year old daughter typed the above comment & hit send without my guidance...she is blown away by your art (said- he's such a good painter- why is he painting something so depressing)...ah- the innocence of youth not understanding the importance of history yet.

07-25-2010, 02:42 PM
I am sure that ANY PAINTING that you do will be beautiful and full of drama. I can only wish that I had your talent. Please come to Cleveland Art Museum to show your work. And maybe I could meet you. The past is always going to come back to us....and I am glad you have the courage to paint it. Bless, Magga Canino

07-26-2010, 01:05 AM
I certainly understand your motivation behind this, some of the most horrific treatment of one human by another has been in the name of religion and God, best we not forget it! You should take on the witch trials next, the things they did to women out of fear of the power that women have is staggering!

07-27-2010, 12:15 PM
Powerful. Magnificent painting.

08-06-2010, 05:46 PM
Absolutely speechless!! An amazing and haunting work. Thank you for taking us on this voyage with you.

08-07-2010, 02:22 AM
Truly awesome. A vivid description

valentine girl
08-07-2010, 04:00 PM
only one word. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, sandy

08-10-2010, 03:08 PM
Very greetings! Please sorry for my silence. Reason is my jubelee (to 60 years old) exposition that has been opened at 29th of July in Kazan city, Russia.
Thanks a lot for your comments and replies. Now my "Inquisition" has finished and I am able to show the final painting to you. Please tell me everything what you are thinking about this painting. Your opinion is very important for me. At this time this painting is in exposition up to 28th of August, 2010 so if someone would be in Russia you are very welcome. You can write me directly [email protected] and I will help with your visit.

So.. Inquisition. The Dogs of God. oil on canvas, 3,65m x 2,4m (146 x 96 in.)









Tell me if you want to see any other fragment more detailed. I will upload the image.

So I am very waiting for your replies and also hope you will have a nice trip into my art web gallery http://www.painterilya.com/indexE.htm


08-10-2010, 03:17 PM
Please come to Cleveland Art Museum to show your work. And maybe I could meet you.

I would be happy to make an exposition in Cleveland Art Museum but such expositions are possible only with governments’ support. Sadly but in Russia the government is thinking about the everything except the Art and artists. Thanks to Internet I am able to show my paintings all over the world. :wave:

08-10-2010, 03:25 PM
Have you considered painting something large next time? :)

So large like "The Wedding Feast at Cana " by Veronese in Louvre? :) Just give me enough studio! :smug:

08-11-2010, 03:17 AM
Thank you for sharing. I have visited your website. Great stuff. I will definitely visit again.
My best wishes

02-03-2011, 02:12 PM
Always like a second or third look....

02-03-2011, 02:41 PM
my goodness - if i had the money I would buy it!!!I think this will and should end up in a museum next to the masters even rembrandt!

what an awesome painting. It is history!!

02-03-2011, 02:55 PM
I hope your studio door is big enough to move this when you are done! This is magnificent and worthy of a prominent and important place for the public to be able to see and contemplate historical horrors that most would rather forget. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" Thank you for your huge EFFORT.

How do you maintain your sanity during this work?

02-03-2011, 04:04 PM
I am simply awed by the quality and magnitude of your work. These pieces must belong in a museum or some public place and they deserve to be their. I am humbled by this work and don't begin to feel qualified to offer a critique. Please keep showing your work. It is an inspiration for me to see.

02-04-2011, 12:17 PM
WOW! This is what I call "an artist"!

02-04-2011, 03:08 PM
The powerful muscles and positions must have been influenced by Michelangelo but I am also amazed by your ability to paint contrasts: the delicacy of the fire flames in the brazier which will wreak so much pain, the gentleness of the hands of the monks holding their rosaries and the frothiness of the lace of the cardinal's robe as he looks self-righteously upon the scene. The 2D painting is astonishingly kinetic or maybe it is of the calibre to allow the imagination to see the movement and hear the screams.
I do hope that you haven't been too depressed painting this and that your exhibition went well.
I am interested in your next project. Amazingly today's news from Egypt provokes a modern theme which would, I think, make an astoundingly sad, historic painting; violence contrasting the touching prayer time in the square. Much as I am overwhelmed by your ability and feel that this is your genre, like others, I would like to see your depiction of a cheery scene too.:wink2: Oh to be your pupil!!:)

valentine girl
02-05-2011, 11:27 AM
this painting just blows your mind. i have never seen such a masterpiece so close up and personal.

02-08-2011, 08:32 PM
I totally agree, MASTERFUL ~ far and above the crouds.

02-09-2011, 01:00 AM
I am continue to work at my “Inquisition” and I want to show you the central and right parts of the painting and the work at plastique and colour . Your last comments were great and useful for me. Thank you. Sorry for distorted images. My studio to small..

This is brilliant! I am always glad to see people who are willing to paint their interpretations and thoughts about the world we live in. Too much work that people do is just sentimentality. I like that too, but too much makes my teeth hurt! One question I have for you is; what do you mean in the above quote by "plastique" I haven't heard this term before and I wonder what technique or process it refers to. Thanks!


02-09-2011, 04:37 AM
wow!very impressive.I envy the fact you have enough room to create a work of this scale!(not to mention your talent) yhanks for showing this

02-09-2011, 11:25 AM
a masterpiece ilya!!!!! i am awed!!
the only problem i have is with the transparent cross, that somehow draws me away from the intensity of the whole painting...

Arthur Oster
02-16-2011, 03:22 PM
I agree: Amazingly good!

02-16-2011, 10:28 PM
looks like it will turn out very nice. you're going to make the blacks really dark so that's it has a deep moody look, right? (i mean you're going to doing something like Caravaggio would do but with a whole bunch of people, right?)

02-18-2011, 12:21 PM
Syeal i'm intreaged about how you manage to put such large images in this forum.
Can you tell me the secret?
Thanks Master

02-20-2011, 12:23 PM
The research for this piece and the others on your site is impressive. I'm not sure people realize
how much time is invested in this. I find it seems over whelming at first but it becomes very interesting as you
get into it. Your figures with their twists and turns expressions with as many twist and turns show the
depth of your studies into the human figure.
I visited your site and found "Terrestrial Grief" I found this to be your best piece of the multiple figure pieces
because of your use of light to set up the scene, to give it emotional meaning, symbolic meaning and
defining the different grouping of figures as separate groups in space. The light side moves from foreground to background
the dark side grabs at the light with those silhouettes. Your Maria emergence from the dark into the light. This dark and light
symbolizes her blessing and tragedy, very strong. The figures on the left are caught in the dark of hopelessness.
I have spent so much time talking about this, because with all the incredible attention to details, that you give your work
you often don't follow up with your lighting and spacial compositions. When you have so any figures in a piece you
need to form smaller groups playing with the space between them so as the lead the eye through the painting to reveal
its story. Multiple figure compositions are not for the faint of heart. Your courage to tackle these is amazing. Each one
teaches new lessons, presents new challenges. You are doing great!
I mentioned composition to you before and you scoffed at it as being only for designers. It is much more than that
and "Terrestrial Grief" shows the power of composition. You do it by feel I think. You felted the drama of lighting in the film
and brought in to that painting. In your Inquisition you had those nice arches at first which gave areas of rest and sense
of space (church space) then you changed your mind. I see how the crosses changed everything. They bring lots things
to think about and are very important symbols. Problem is they also make the painting almost over packed visually.
I have played with what you have not moving anything. I have just played with the light to try and separate some of the figures.
I also played with some blue and orange glazes to push thing forwards and back. the area behind the cardinals seemed to flat
so I suggest some glazes to give it just a little visual variety. My effort is not the best but I hope it will give you food for thought.
It is hard to see large murals from a distance in the studio, to see it as a whole. I often take pictures and study them on the
computer where they are small enough to see the overall feel of it. In my opinion the painting should work differently at different
viewing distance so as to pull a viewer to in. Some of yours are not strong from a distance like they are up close your detail shots
show your strengths. With your talent and eye I hope to persuade you to turn your amazing eye to the long distance view some.
Your energy and output is amazing for someone half your age. I am just a little younger than you and it is good to see someone
work so hard. You asked for comments and I have tried to come up with somethings that might be of interest to you. At your level
it is hard to do.
Your admirer,

My suggestions:


Your finished post :


Katie Black
02-20-2011, 02:50 PM
Hi, Truly magnificent work..thanks for sharing this :)