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ZAGRAEVSKY calls himself a happy man. He is much
given, and a lot of it does. The range of his activities is very wide - from painting
to business. Sergey belongs to a generation to fully explore the possibilities
provided by the change of the social order.
Systematic art education has received in childhood
from his father, an architect. A huge influence on the creative character of
the son had his mother - a poet Inna Zagraevsky. Figurative structure of her
poems emerge later in the painting of Sergey. Children's purity and
spontaneity, happy naivety of its lines appeared in his paintings:
the snow -
Yellow on blue
Early on a late,
Summer of winter.
Since childhood, Sergey Zagraevsky
wanted to become a professional artist. But fate, and the family, too, decided
otherwise. Having at one time technical education and becoming a candidate of
technical Sciences, then he, with his usual pressure and energy went into
business, including banking. This never stopped painting. The decision to do professional art was only the second
attempt - after the outbreak in August of last year's economic crisis. Sergey,
however, believes that, strictly speaking, a business he has not left (the art
business do you want), and painting is not started, because it always worked.
Attention! - the artist-one. Apparent
at first glance, such a huge spread, this discrepancy different sides of personality
is not so unusual. Art history knows such examples. Apparently, the creative
person has a need to Express themselves with integrity, avoiding the inferior
one-sidedness, but purely practical side of life intensifies irrational, deep
manifestation of his personality.
Naive art, or art primitive, as it is
called, always the deepest layers of the
human psyche, extracting from these depths meanings and forms like
supratemporal that belong to eternity, and therefore always simple in its basis
and understandable to the heart of each. There is no conflict between the
spiritual and the material, between the personal and the public, between the
private and universal. Conflict as a basis of life and art are not allowed here
naive and solid, like children, consciousness, recognizes no dichotomy. This
kind of primordial state of the world, nature and man, not burdened with
original sin of the knowledge of good and evil. This is a lost Eden.
In the works of Sergey Zagraevsky and
nature and man, and even the city - it is also present here - is equally
natural, childishly naive and incredibly clean. This ignores the vital drama of
art captures the viewer the emotional elation. Here all festive and happy. Glad
rushing mountain stream, in joy snow melts and exposes the groove, happy fairy
flower erupting volcano, and even the rain comes as a happy, showing the bright
colours of autumn.
The decisive role in creating these
images is happy, of course, color. Decorative generality of color makes it
easier and at the same time concentrate form, giving it exacerbated expression.
It is the color - outdoor and rich, - makes the viewer intensely compassionate
Attention! not like a straight line.
Its rationalism and one-dimensionality abhorrent to the artist. The line in his
works usually arched and therefore acquires a special character, such as the
trunk line festively decorated Christmas tree, made in the snowy darkness of
the window in the picture "New year". Even the prospect of using the
artist avoids direct lines, round out their, leading from the dreary monotony.
Curved roof plane, road and river, stretching to the horizon. Repeated in a
picturesque system of Sergey Zagraevsky some universal principle - either the
sun, or the eye of the Lord, looking down from heaven on the earth.
In the work of Sergei Zagraevsky felt
echoes of national lubok, which appear completely organic, but not always
explicitly. The artist, for example, willingly uses decorative methods, similar
in meaning to the ornamentation, frequently repeating one and the same motif
within the painting. It can be tentatively identified flakes of snow, and rain,
and multicolored mosaic floors and walls, and clumps of vegetation, etc.,
And, nevertheless, is a professional
art, style, released from the womb of art searches late XIX-early XX centuries
and finds its adherents today, maybe even more than it has ever been.
Attention!, it seems, has taken a worthy place in this series, found his own
creative character and entered the artistic life of the capital as a Mature