Artist of the moment….Olga Antonova…

A link to the artist’s website:  http://www.olgaantonova.com/e/Welcome.html

The artist hails from Russia. She was born in the city of Volgograd, Russia in 1956. She has been featured in several national artistic magazines for her paintings of teacups and saucers.

I enjoy her style of making the teacup the main part of the works, rather than just an object supporting a flower or similar still life arrangement.

The artist is great at creating excitement in her works by varying the different textures that she uses.

The artist attended school at the Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia and finished in 1980.

The artist splits her time between France and Boston, Massachusetts.

In her artist’s statement she likes to speak about the journey of becoming an artist, how she is always reaching for the next step in better portraying her subject matter. The artist is highly skilled at not only painting the image of the cup, but also the fun details such as cracks and chip in plate. Her goal in painting is to capture the solitude and quiet of the location and place.

The artist has been in museum shows in the United States, France, and Germany.

Also a favorite of mine are her paintings of antique porcelain plates. She has a great penchant of filling the background space with cooler greys which makes the bright colors of the cup stand out even more. She also paints much larger than life, some paintings of single cups measure thirty to forty inches on either side.

on line and land based galleries: Selby Fleetwood Gallery in Sante Fe, New Mexico.   http://www.selbyfleetwoodgallery.com/

Gallery Henoch in New York, New York.    http://www.galleryhenoch.com/artists/antonova/antonova.html

Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown, MA.   http://www.ricepolakgallery.com/artists/?artist=olga_antonova&display=more

Eisenhauer Gallery in Edgartown, MA.   http://www.eisenhauergallery.com/artist.php?artist_id=73

I enjoy the fact she makes ordinary objects such as cups come to life and become exciting. Very similar in design to the artist Giorgio Morandi, the famous Italian artist who painted thousands of cups over his long artistic career.

low price range: $1,500

high price range: $7,000

Other than her well known tea cups the artist has ventured into painting items such as shoes and umbrellas. Her fabric reminds me of the Perisan art of centuries past. In a series the artist did featuring polished items such as ladles and silverware, her tableclothes were amazing. Sometimes bright colored floral images fill the tabletop, other times the top has a checkered mosaic style.

Next time you are going to have your morning coffee, take some time and do a short composition remembering the fun you can have playing with shapes that repeat. Think of artists like Antonova and Morandi for very simple design ideas.

Happy painting!

D

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