What If Rembrandt Were Into Abstract Art?

Dali tribute, 2007. triptych

Andrei Tsvetkov is not just an amateur when it comes to art. Since his graduation from Saint Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts, having completed a classical artistic education, he has been working for many years in the most famous world museum  the State Hermitage, in its restoration workshop. While restoring works of the greatest artists of the Dutch school of art, such as Rembrandt, Rubens, and Jan David de Ham, Andrei had a great opportunity perfectly learn the techniques of the famous artists and get to the origins of their finest masterpieces.

One day Tsvetkov decided to surpass the Lesser Dutchmen at their speciality still life, the genre, in which they are widely reknown for and far best at. It took almost half a year, but the diptych with fruits with its purity of colour and fine line details could compete with the greatest works of the 17th century.

Fair to say that Tsvetkov would simply remain a good artist and restorer, if his interest in art was restricted by classic school of art. He would continue to live and work in the shadow of the greatest masters of the past, but Tsvetkov is breaking the boundaries by trying to combine seemingly incompatible things on his canvas – a perfect painting technique and his own perception of the world, that is not limited by physical objects. Tsvetkov’s pieces are not just hyper-realistic abstract paintings – they are precise reflection of the artist’s subconscious, expression of his deep meditation state, that is shifted from the dimension of unknown to canvas via an array of colours rather than shapes.

In his paintings, Tsvetkov implements the metaphysical component of his vision via the illusion of abstract shapes and endless colours.  Colour creates a mirage of space and form in his works. Classical art education has ensured the artist’s realistic approach to the art, i.e. a precise attention to detail, lines, and colour transitions. In abstract compositions the artist communicates his process of perception of an object or a phenomenon to the audience, telling them about its sensuous component.

With his consummate colouring technique, Tsvetkov builds a fantasy world of things, events, phenomena, and emotions, creating shapes by the restriction of space, surface, and time. Colour appears here as a symbol of various states experienced by the artist.

Works by Andrei Tsvetkov represent a new approach to  understating of abstract art, they reflect thorough investigation of a talented contemporary artist, who can apply classic painting techniques in order to bring abstract objects to another, hyper-realistic level.

 

Agression, 2007. Oil on canvas, 88 x 78 sm

Agression, 2007. Oil on canvas, 88 x 78 sm

 

Still watching you, 2007. Oil on canvas, 47 х 72 sm.

Still watching you, 2007. Oil on canvas, 47 х 72 sm.

Volcano, 2007. Oil on canvas, 70 х 69 sm.

Volcano, 2007. Oil on canvas, 70 х 69 sm.