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Samir Rakhmanov's Decorative Microcosm

THE RUSSIAN ARK |  NOV 25 - DEC 9, 2021

The Russian Ark is proud to present Decorative Microcosm, an exquisite collection of Samir Rakhmanov's latest works.

 

It includes 12 bright and elegantly composed paintings and drawings that were created mainly in the artist's studio in St.Petersburg, Russia and demonstrate that anything can be a subject as long as the artist reaches the formalistic harmony on the canvas. 

Though balancing on the verge of abstraction when observed closely, Samir's still lifes, interiors and figures as a whole are nonetheless palpable, three-dimensional and even atmospheric.

Unexpected, novel and rare, with a precise and refined colour scheme, the works from Decorative Microcosm contain all the quintessential elements of Samir’s maturing style.

The Russian Ark  What does decorativeness mean to you and what role does it play in your practice currently?

Samir Rakhmanov  I have once come across a perfect definition for decorativeness that described it as “a set of properties that enhance the emotional-expressive nature of the picture."

It resonated with me profoundly. I believe that painting should strive to be as eloquent and as expressive in its form as possible. That way it will connect with the viewer on a deeper and more profound level. And decorative tools provide the artist with such a chance. Helping to create a harmonious and compelling picture. For me, decorativeness is the basis for eloquent painting or any expressive pictorial art for that matter. 

"I believe that painting should strive to be as eloquent and as expressive in its form as possible. That way it will connect with the viewer on a deeper and more profound level."

— SAMIR RAKHMANOV

Samir Rakhmanov in his studio, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 2021. Artwork © Samir Rakhmanov. Photo: © Madina Murtazina for The Russian Ark Gallery

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Artworks from Decorative Microcosm are available for purchase exclusively from The Russian Ark. We offer a complimentary shipping with DHL Express. 

For any questions and special requests, please feel free to reach out to Maria at maria.polyantseva@russian-ark.com