New oil painting by Eugene Ivanov in Kohgan Art Gallery

Work with witnesses by Eugene Ivanov

Work with witnesses by Eugene Ivanov

New promising artist in Kohgan Art Gallery

New artist in Kohgan Art Gallery

Marina is a young and promising artist born in 1988 in the closed southern town Zarechny where she had her first solo exposition in 2007. She still lives there but plans to move out to a better place soon.

Marina enjoys music by Alfred Schnittke, loves dances by Pina Bausch and loves all the things related to the sea including sea food. Most of all Marina appreciates kind looks and shared smiles and takes love as the most important thing in life. She values openness and honesty in people and dislikes hypocrisy. She loves artists who create a desire to touch.

Marina joined Vladimir Nuikin’s graphic studio in 2003; the artistic freedom and atmosphere of experiment present in Vladimir’s workshop allowed Marina to explorer her artistic abilities with the depth and breadth unachievable otherwise.

Lithuanian photo-artist Antanas Sutkus

Born in 1939 Antanus Sutkus started his photographic career as a photojournalist. Since 1969 he has been working as an independent photographer based in Vilnius, Lithunania.  Sutkus’s primary focus is man; one of the most important series of his artworks is called ‘People of Lithuania’, a continuing project begun in 1976. His aim, he has written, is ‘to make an attempt at drawing a psychological portrait of contemporary man….because future generations will judge our way of life, our culture and our inner world on the basis of photographs’.

Top five tips on how to bluff your way through contemporary art by Paul Merrick

  • the-connoisseur-patrick-hiattAlways try to use the word “project” instead of “art”. Most artists will describe their work as a project and not a piece of art. Using this word will make you sound like you have knowledge of the art world.
  •  Nod your head a lot when talking about various pieces of art. When you nod, others will nod along with you and find themselves agreeing with you, even if they don’t want to.
  • If you visit an art exhibition, try not to talk about art too much. These things are usually an excuse for social networking.
  • If you are not too sure about what to say about the art itself, talk instead about the gallery and the space the piece is exhibited in. If you talk about how art is presented as opposed to just how it looks, people will think you know your stuff.
  • Finally, remember that there are no right or wrong answers. So as long as you believe in what you are saying and can argue your point, people will respect your views.


Fabulous Arthur de Pins

Arthur de Pins is one of my favorite illustrators.  He is a young artist, he graduated from the Ecole nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris in 2000. He has since worked to numerous projects as animator, illustrator, character designer, and director.

De Pins multi-medium artistic style is fluid; all his works contain a very strong vectorial and clean graphic simplicity that is shared from one medium to the next. His excellent online portfolio contains over 180 illustrations of cartoons, sexy comics, advertising, posters, cute pin-ups, caricatures, and a plethora of other illustrations to see. There is also the animation part with 23 works, composed of very short flash videos, animations for sites and three funny short video to boot. Here is a nice video compilation of his illustrations, that you might want to view.
Info: you can view Arthur’s online portfolio here, the site contains adult material that is not suitable for children and is NSFW .


Did you know that famous detective Colombo is a fine graphic artist?

Peter Michael Falk was born in New York City on September 16, 1927 and raised in Ossining, New York.  When he was twelve years old he made his first stage appearance in a production of The Pirates of Penzance at Camp High Point in upstate New York.  Peter portrait

After graduating from Ossining High School, where he was a star athlete and president of his class, Falk served as a cook in the Merchant Marine, then studied at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where he completed his work for a B.A. degree in political science at the New School for Social Research in 1951.  He earned a Masters degree in public administration at Syracuse University in 1953.  After applying unsuccessfully for a job with the Central Intelligence Agency, he became a management analyst with the Connecticut State Budget Bureau, in Hartford.  In his spare time he acted with the Mark Twain Maskers in Hartford and studied at the White Barn Theatre in Westport, and for the first time began to consider the possibility of becoming a professional actor.  In 1956 at the age of 29 he left his job with the Budget Bureau, moved to Greenwich Village in New York, and declared himself an actor.

Beyond his busy schedule as an actor, Falk is an artist; he prefers drawing with charcoal pencil, but lately is enjoying experimenting with watercolors.  A passion for drawing was sparked years ago when he began sketching as a way to pass time between scenes while filming on location.  Have a look at some of his works:

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The secrets of buying art

“For a new and inexperienced art collector or for somebody who just wants to decorate the interior of his house with paintings it is rather difficult to understand what the concept of the original oil stands for.
It has become a wide spread practice to call almost everything, which can be hung on the wall ‘original art’. Shops display hundreds of poorly executed mass produced pictures with tags bearing ‘original oil painting’ on them.

Usually what this means is the following – a group of apprentices get together to combine their efforts in reproducing a certain visual image. Their work resembles a conveyer belt, which in fact it is. With the help of a projector the image is transferred to a cheap canvas. Then every participant does their part by adding a few strokes to the picture. The whole process takes a few minutes – and a creation is ready to be dispatched. The technique may vary, but the essence stays – cheap, fast and affordable.  Thus thousands of these ‘original oils’ flood the shops, auctions and even some art galleries…”

 “…Another phenomenon, which threatens an art collector, is the invention of sophisticated technology to produce prints. At present it is sometimes not so simple even for a gallery owner to distinguish between a print and an original work of art. Nowadays a print of an oil painting in a nice frame would look exactly like an original, even showing different oil textures as well as bold brush strokes and different layers of paint…”