A special style of primitive works by the artist Gennady Shlykov, which cause a kind smile
Among art historians and art lovers, there has long been a debate about primitivism as a style in artistic creativity. This painting, which originated in the XIX century, causes a double attitude to it. Therefore, it is not surprising that many people have a well-founded question: “are modern artists playing with this very primitivism?”Indeed, it is one thing when such pictures are written by people, so to speak “from the people”, who do not have special education. And another – primitivists who have graduated from various art educational institutions and work in a splinter manner. Today in our review we will talk about this artist. Meet Gennady Shlykov and his gallery of surprisingly kind paintings.
Naive art (primitivism) always included a deliberate simplification of the picture, which made its forms primitive and easy to perceive. It is similar to the work of children, rock paintings of primitive people, as well as ancient iconography, ethnic motives or splints.
By the way, such avant-gardists as Kazimir Malevich, Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, Marc Chagall and many other masters of the brush of the last century drew inspiration from folk art, which also relates to primitive art. They created their works, which were included in the Golden Fund of world painting, based on various types of the same naive art, stylizing it, each in its own way.
Therefore, some modern painters are not ashamed to use in their work the techniques of primitivism of venerable artists of the past. They knowingly stylize a particular type of it and apply the term “neo – primitivism”to its definition. The first members of the Russian artistic associations “Jack of diamonds” and “Donkey’s tail”were considered to be of this style.
Our whole life is a theater
Wonderful, fairy-tale paintings by Gennady Shlykov are so plot and lyrical that you can write fairy tales based on them. And this is not for a red word… Bright and naive, causing sadness and a smile, the artist’s works are primarily striking in their style. You can immediately feel the hand of a master who created his author’s handwriting by primitive reproduction of the world.
His characters are fairy-tale, literary and fictional images, literally imbued with positive and soul-warming warmth. They cause a sincere smile from the viewer and literally forever sink into the visual memory.
Seven deadly sins
I would like to stop at one of the paintings by the artist Gennady Shlykov, who decided to put the seven deadly sins on one canvas. And how far he managed it, you can judge.
Seven deadly sins. 2010. Author: Gennady Shlykov.
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A few words about the artist
Gennady Shlykov was born in 1957 in the village of Tserlevo, Ryazan region.
At the time, he graduated from the Moscow art school and the school-Studio of informal art. Since 1990, Gennady Shlykov has been a member of the Union of artists of the USSR. Later he became a member of the National Union of artists of Ukraine. Since 1996-permanent participant of the Art Manege (Russia). For the last twenty years, he has been living and working in Ukraine, in the city of Nikopol, near Zaporozhye.
Shlykov’s exhibitions have been held with great success throughout his artistic career in Ukraine, Russia, Japan, Italy, the USA, Turkey, Germany, the Czech Republic and Finland. Today, his works are in the collections of galleries and private collections in 27 countries around the world. Some of the master’s works were purchased by the Ministries of culture of Russia and Ukraine. Shlykov’s paintings are in the private collections of A. Makarevich, A. Kutikov, the Marquis De Lito (Italy) and many other celebrities.
I think this speaks volumes…
And, finally, I would like to emphasize that when an artist puts his soul into his work, then, of course, they will live forever and give moments of joy to more than one generation of viewers, regardless of what kind, genre, or style they belong to experts.