New American Artist – Nicholas Chistiakov
Nicholas Chistiakov is a emerging North-American contemporary artist and painter working with diverse media. He began painting in 1990-ies and actively working in the present. His creative oeuvre is a vivid reflection of modernity, an artistic response to our time. In his works he uses variety of subjects, ranging from mythic figures to epic seascapes. He explores painting in a multiple ways, utilizing styles ranging from photorealist painting to almost abstract. He is restricting himself from naturalist vision of reality in favor of abstract artistic goals. For him any subject is an interplay of form, shadow and light. His painting are often images of biomorphic semi-abstracted figures isolated in the painterly space. His art is a personal reflection of important events of our time. He seeks for an iconic imagery that represents modernity. Events of 9-11 left a specific trace on his art. Man’s tragedy and suffering are the main subjects for many of his works. Such works as “The Midday Suicide” is an iconic interpretation of wasted life, possibly very relevant to understanding of lives of those female suicide bombers whose actions are widely known and have a great impact on the way we perceive life and death in present time. Everything might be over in the fraction of seconds. Humanity don’t have a control of a fragile life no longer. Phenomenon of momentary death is an extremely important for the painter. Sometime he uses depictions of known people in his art, he has created a series of portraits of screaming and exploding George Bush, an artist’s vision for what was happening in day of September 11 2001. Artists seeking for his own language, he concludes that contemporary art should search for different methods and forms than art of the past. Old masters indeed great, their art is belongs to the history, but modernity require different vision, methods and approaches. His art is extremely influenced by photography. Modern media greatly affected the process of painting. While taking his subjects directly from photographs, artist restricts himself from copying photographs exactly – his art often is an abstracted blurred interpretation of photography. Epic landscapes and seascapes are characteristic for his oeuvre as well – he see the nature as an eternal entity which is the connection of past, present and future. Artist actively using color in his art. His photo-based paintings are often monochromatic, while figurative paintings are often use bright palette and almost primary colors. His art is not likely associated with the pop culture, this is rather depiction of subjects of everyday life, common and familiar to everyone. He seeks for a greatness of unimportant, rather unnoticed. He puts reality at the different angle. He finds the moments in the daily routine which is important and might be timeless. He is often able to capture time itself – in the complex game of strokes of paint we observe the years of life, from the beginning to the end, from the cradle to the grave.