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High art of todayVintage, antiques, retromixture of the Victorian style and the style of the moderne epoch - today we with pleasure recollect all that was "perfectly well" forgotten by us many years ago. After several decades of total domination of "techno" and emasculated minimalism we have every reason to afford a weakness of possession of the bagatelles which came to us from the far past. Pleasure is more flattering, the more ancient the knickknack of possession is or the longer its history is. Together with art-deco furniture, juis fabrics, corsets, the Victorian black amber and lacy mitts cameos also come back, and not only as antiquarian curiosities, but also as the magnum opuses of today.

Agree that there is no the best filter and no more strict judge than the time. Presumably that is why the glyptics (the art of grooving on a stone), which appeared in the Akkadian times and adequately survived social - art metamorphosises of several millennia, causes true admiration not only of critics - judges of cameos and intaglios.

To Russia gemmas came from Byzantium together with the acceptance of Christianity, having had time by then to die and to be born several times. The fact that stone miniatures in Russia started to be made in epoch of adoption of Christianity was surely reflected in plots of the ancient Russian cameos. There started to cut the Christ, the Virgin and Saints out of a bone, limestone, slates, sandstone, and these icons were worn next to the skin as guards due to which they had got the name of collar icons. By the XVI century the tradition died away. And only in the XVIII century cameos again reminded of themselves. Thanks to Ekaterina the Great, the Mother, who in-between of the state duties and personal entertainments collected antique cameos, and it must be said that her collection was excellent.

The last animation of rush to stone miniatures fell at the moderne with its passion to all refined - pretentious. Perhaps the today's confident return of cameo to the positions of bohemian favorite, which also by the way falls at the brink of centuries, might be considered predictable to some extent.

The architect from Dnepropetrovsk Svyatoslav Nikitenko hardly expected that his enthusiasm for cameos with which he "was taken ill" 8 years ago today would have come in handy thus much. Today an anaglyphy on the most expensive, firm and complex rocks is definitely the business of all his life, and all that began with Zodiac Taurus turned of wood for his wife's birthday.

On the second course of the Architectural Institute Svyatoslav Nikitenko realized that he was far more successful at modelled images than at drawn ones, and in 1993, when he reasonably answered with consent to the request of his brother to emboss a pair of bone cameos, understood that he had found not only a profession but also and himself. During 8 years of work he created more than 250 cameos, mainly on religious topics, a number of masterpieces of which constitute the immense-in-handicraft-skill collection of the modern Russian glyptics, continuing the ancient subplot traditions on the material actually not used in Russia before. The master had an opportunity to work even with corundum which does not yield in density to diamond.

Nikitenko loves transparent stones and this love in times complicates the working process - it is much more difficult to see the form, the more so that the light directed to the stone reflects a beam into your eye. Nevertheless his favorite is a cornelian. Problems with an uneasy material abandon when the case comes to the tools, the majority of which the master manufactures himself. In reply to the fair amazement Nikitenko answers: "Anaglyphy is only 20% of work, the image is born and formed in mind". Last year the cameo "Crucifixion" ( topaz with dimensions 6,6 x 3,4) embossed by Nikitenko was presented to the Patriarch of the Lebanese Orthodox Church, some more of his cameos enrich private collections in Europe - the stone miniature is still considered a magnificent gift and rather successful investment.

The corny phrase that the art is eternal, in this case fully justifies itself.

The fact that the glyptics is in favor again is confirmed by the appearance of the demand on cameos alongside with the supply. To start with that in Italy this tradition did never die and till the present day there are Embossing Schools, and at the largest world auctions during the recent few years a number of cameos were put forward and were constantly prosperous.

The last year in Moscow in the Museum named after A. S. Pushkin within the framework of the program "Guest-Night in the Russian Manor", dated for the 40th anniversary of the Museum, there rather successfully passed the exhibition presented by the gallery "My Collection" where works by Svyatoslav Nikitenko were exhibited.

The success of this action and the increased interest to cameos as a whole give confidence that the personal exhibition of Svyatoslav Nikitenko scheduled for the next year will be not less successful.

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Fantasy Painting and Graphics Gallery

Constantine Kansky was born in 1968. He graduated from Krasnodar Art College. Since 1992 he takes part in the art exhibitions in Krasnodar, Moscow, and Saint-Petersburg. Kansky's works are in the private collections in Russia and abroad - Germany, Is.....  ›››››
Decorations of Lady’s World

Pamela Walt-Shauve shares out her feelings with unimaginable grace. She transforms them into bright strokes by means of tender brush… You just have to look at pictures, without fear to fright off other’s sentiments and not worrying about your owns. .....  ›››››
Pamela Walt Chauve

Pamela Walt Chauve, a Franco-American, was born in Berkeley California in 1955. An art student in both practical and performing arts, Pamela first studied drawing and painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974. She is a graduate of Sarah Law.....  ›››››
Varvara Bubnova (1886-1983)

Varvara Bubnova (1886-1983) was born and died in St. Petersburg. She came from a noble Russian family which was related to the famous poet Alexander Pushkin. In Bubnova’s old family estate, Bernovo, in the region of Tver there is now a Pushkin museum.....  ›››››
Sviatoslav Nikitenko's cameos

Sviatoslav Nikitenko is a famous glyptic artist. Hi makes his cameos with different materials like cornelian, axstone, topaz, morion etc. Clear polishing technique of his gives the stone a special soft shine. Harmonic combination of plastic art and d.....  ›››››
Filmography, major works and exhibitions

1965-1966, film ”Belie, belie aisti“-art director (director A. Agishev) Diploma. Drafts were published in IK. 1966 1966-1967, film “Khristos prizemlilsya v Grodno”-art director (director V. Bichkov). Film was banned. While working on drafts for th.....  ›››››
Shavkat A.’s (Takvash) Space

Shavkat A. (Takvash) – an artist, writer, film director; Was born on 28 April. 1939 (1936 by passport) in Tashkent. In 1966 he ended the VGIK. Works by Shavkat are in the Tretyakovsky Gallery, in private collections of Russia, Europe, US (Nancy and N.....  ›››››
Red boots

A tree, always alive… It keeps memory… Little wooden house, which absorbed history, is now returning its zest. You just have to come through small door into narrow passage, look around and get imbued with warmth of the past life and warmth of the pre.....  ›››››
I am not the first. You are not the last. The path is well trodden. We make footsteps in each other’s traces

"Shavkat A. Not seducing anybody by national exotics. He is an artist, standing in the middle of the road between Christian Europe, bleached to bone Asia and Orient, barely discernable in the mist. His painting – lapis lazuli in clay mounting, cra.....  ›››››
Lucian Tidorescu. Biography

He's a passionate artist, totally dedicated to his inspirations: stained glass and good music. Searching for spiritual growth in his work and himself. He always dreamed of becoming a renowened painter, to follow the academy of arts, thus he decid.....  ›››››
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Constantine Kansky was born in 1968. He graduated from Krasnodar Art College. Since 1992 he takes part in the art exhibitions in Krasnodar, Moscow, and Saint-Petersburg. Kansky's works are in the private collections in Russia and abroad - Germany, Israel, Turkey, Italy, Canada, the USA. To enter .... ›››››
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