On the 15th of February, 2012, the Raphael Hall of the Art Academy Museum will host the grand opening of a retrospective exhibition featuring the work of Igor Petrov. Igor Petrov is a great master of landscape paintings and a virtuosic open-air artist. He is a member of the Artist’s Union, as well as a professor of the Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.
In the artist’s work, landscapes predominate as a symbol of his own microcosms: an expression of his own view on life, philosophy, aesthetics, and, of course, as a reflection of the beauty around him.
The paintings of Igor Petrov feature high-quality work and a bright artistic manner which involves the elegant use of colors; his images have a lyrical, musical quality to them. His free-form individual style and professionalism are the results of his first-rate education as well as self-study; he was a careful observer of old master painters and spent a lot of time outdoors, observing nature itself.
Due to the artist’s view on creativity, he would doubtlessly be considered a romantic poet. The main themes of his paintings are not limited to a surface narrative; they are an expression of his own deepest feelings and senses. These feelings imbue Igor Petrov’s work with bright energy and an inspirational mood. Somehow, these tender joys and bright sorrows captivate the viewers.
In the series of works entitled “My Petersburg”, the artist depicts the city from different angles: sometimes it’s a bright poetical ennobled city and sometimes it appears as profoundly dramatic and melancholically. In this city, everyday routine is dissolved into the azure of subtle tints and scales of color.
The lyrical aspects of the suburban palaces with their nostalgic reminiscences form the subject matter for another series of paintings: “The shadows of the past”. In these works, one can find the feeling of a mystical connection with times long gone by, with things which are already forever lost in history but remain alive in our souls. The atmosphere and style of the work may remind the viewer of the artistic traditions of “The World of Art” (the popular artist’s union of the beginning of the 20th century).
The artist’s “Genius loci” paintings are devoted to different motives which inspired the artist in Venetia, Bruges, and Toledo etc. The artist masterfully reveals the spirit, mysterious beauty and history of the places to us.
Igor Petrov is a brilliant master of open air painting. Moreove,r he is a wonderful expert in the ancient history and culture of Crimea. In his “Mine Tavrida” series of paintings, he discovers the beauty of ancient cities, monuments and nature. These virtuosic works are full of light and capture you with their azure atmosphere and feeling of joy.
The romanticism of the so-called “historical still lives” reflects the artist’s refined taste and his broad mind. These items, which were carefully selected and accurately painted, show us the hidden side of the material universe.
Portraits and etudes represent another aspect of the master’s talent; they are also on display.
The artist’s excitement and his deep thoughts about nature beauty and harmony are obvious in each of Igor Petrov’s paintings; regardless of the level of artistic sophistication one has.
Join us in welcoming this upcoming exhibition at the Art Academy Museum and experience the aesthetic pleasure that may be had from appreciating true fine art. The grand opening will take place on the 15th of February at 3:00 PM.
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