From the 23rd of December, 2013, the museum of Isaak Brodsky will host an exhibition “13 Chosen” featuring works by Simon Fleuri. The artist was born on the 23rd of February, 1972 in Russia. The artist had never graduated from any art school or university; he can be recognized as one of the self-made artists, who developed their natural talent thanks to being around an artistic atmosphere, reading books on art, and learning about art in different museums. During 2007 – 2012 he took private art lessons from the teachers of the Academy of Fine Arts.
The talent of this artist-jeweler was discovered in 2006. The basis of his oeuvre is formed on the idea of a combination of national identity and culture on one hand, and visualization of European traditions, on the other hand. Images and characters, one can say, invite us to look at familiar things and events differently, through Western eyes.
Isaak Levitan, Isaak Brodsky and other classic Russian painters glorified Russian nature and spirit. In this sense in his oeuvre Simon Fleuri also followed traditions of the realism style, following the great experience from the Russian painting school over the last 300 years. Whether it is only a childishly simple brush stroke or a finely palette knife work, the artist always sticks to the motto: «PER SPIRITUS AD PERFECTUM».
The artist has been recently asked why his paintings are full of bright, rich red and green colors. Simon Fleuri answered: “Since the times of the Romanovs these two colors have been connected to different symbols of luxury, beauty and power in Russia. Stone cutters used green nephrite and jewelers used to mount in gold red purpurine and other precious stones. In some way, this is my effort to extrapolate local coloring through painting”.
The exhibition will be open until the 5th of January, 2014.
For more information, please visit the artist's personal website: www.fleuri.ru