2014 International Art Festival

Artist Official Entries

Nikolay Kuk Studio

Englewood Cliffs NJ USA
"Ideas fly in the air, transform into symbols and incarnate into artistic images, while passing from the invisible, and into the visible world. Icons can serve as an example of the sequential steps of such a passage. The artists Kandinsky and Malevitch worked in accordance with the same principal of treble [Trinity] on their supremacist, and constructivist paintings in the 1920s: 1 - The Idea, 2 - The Symbol, 3 - Incarnation into The Image. I feel an endless depth - a most desirable space behind a good painting, while standing in front of it. Therefore I do not feel confined in my small art studio. It is the creations that give space and power back to me. Constructivism is based on three basic shapes: Circle, Triangle and Square. The Circle may be defined as the fullest characteristic of space: Planets, Stars, Black Holes. It is the basis of all existence in the universe. The Triangle is all that has and all that has yet to exist on Earth: the Past, Present and Future; Length, Height and Depth; God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit; the relation of the circle length to its diameter - 3.14 The Square does represent the triangle’s unity with its mirror reflection across the diagonal. This reflection is a Magical Wonderland – a world which is given to us for us to understand Magic, and Charms. The Cross is the religious absolute of all the existence. Every religion has an exhaustive meaning behind it: crucifixion, swastika, etc. -- When I look at a painting, I either have a good or a bad emotion. Somewhat like a dog, looking at a painting of a cat, unexpectedly started barking until the picture was turned off. On the other side, I record my sight, and tactile feelings and ideas, back into my paintings," - said Nikolay Kuk.  “If we are talking about their generation, I should rank Nikolay Kuk with mythologists of the sixties such as Aleksandr Kharitonov, Boris Sveshnikov, Vladimir Pyatnitsky, Vladimir Kovenatsky, Boris Kozlov. Kuk’s art is inspired by Sæmundur the Learned’s Poetic Edda. The severe romance of German-Scandinavian mythology opens the door to universal mystics and metaphysics. There is no difference for the artist through which door he enters the eternity." Yury Mamleev, writer "When you ask Kuks to describe their creative method, they refer to the genius Russian avant-garde artist, Pavel Filonov, who required “maximum of analytical artificiality” from art. Kuks add semiotics & symbolic perception to Filonov’s “maximum”. According to them, signs are the stars of the sense, shining for those whose conscience rises above the ordinary and perceptible, and rushes to world’s sub conscience, where ideas rhyme with the sky and dance fancifully and rhythmically. Fancy – is the determinative theme of the Kuks creative works, rhythmical key to harmony. Their ornamental patterns are from the ancient ethnography. From ancient Egypt to Russian lubok. Side by side with freedom of mischievous humor and even malice, Kuks’ messages are full of magical solemnity. Kuk paints every picture for years with utter purpose. For example, the artist worked over the program refined painting Wasps for eight years. There are 18 (!) pictorial layers interweaved with each other, fulfilled in different techniques." Stanislav Aidinyan, art-critic
© Nikolay Kuk Studio | Face 5098
2014 Painting | Face
Oil on Canvas, 28"x28", 2013
USD $5,500
© Nikolay Kuk Studio | Insect 5100
2014 Graphics | Insect
Ink, Watercolor on paper, 16"x20", 2013
USD $2,000
© Nikolay Kuk Studio | John the Baptist 5388
2014 Sculpture | John The Baptist
papier Mache, oil, 17x20x4, 2014
USD $4,000
© Nikolay Kuk Studio | Pig 5417
2014 Sculpture | Pig
Papier Mache, Tempera, 8" x 6" x 5", 2009
USD $7,000