Nikita Khalkin. Prohibited Photography (18+)

Nikita

I studied in Checkhov, Moscow region, though close to Moscow, far from the zone of experiments and self development. My school friend Nikita was a real nutter, trying to find loose places in a school order. I remember him throwing away his classmate’s backpack from a window to a snowy ground, bringing vodka in a Sprite bottle to a school canteen and  waving with a big red flag of a communist party in a school corridors.

Time passed and this effervescent nature transformed into a passionate photographer.

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That is how Nikita describes his art:

‘I’m looking for beauty in the simple things that surround me, even if it’s just a tree, a crack in asphalt or a part of an imperfect human body.

Models that I depict are impersonal. This is to show the outside beauty that every object has. Every body has a spark of sexuality and individuality, these are what I try to discover in a camera finder. My artworks are very direct and unfiltered. The general public of Russia finds this difficult to understand, or maybe, to accept. If a naked body is shown as an art object, people simply refuse to accept such art and that means they don’t accept themselves as they are. My country is known for an undeveloped culture of sexual relations and this brings trouble when I make shots of a kissing women, or a naked male couple.’

Using rare materials of an authentic Polaroid film he is trying to break the Russian mentality in a contemporary photography. Nikita sincerely believes, like every true artist, that the calling from inside can attract art connoisseurs from all over the world.

 

Visit Nikita’s website:

http://cargocollective.com/nikitakh
More photos of Nikita Khalkin:

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Collaboration with Catch Projecten

Dear friends, as I already announced, my latest paintings are now available in Catch Projecten, Utrecht.

I am very pleased to work with the owner of Catch, Roel van Den Brink. His team encourages and provides me with useful tips everytime I visit their shop. Catch Projecten is not only known for paintings of contemporary artists of different styles and mediums, but also for thousands of different postcards, a variety of posters and a framing service which I find has a reasonable price and very professional.

Since this year I am creating serious of oil paintings of University cities of The Netherlands, including Utrecht, Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Groningen, Maastricht, Rotterdam, Delft, Leiden, Eindhoven, Enschede, Wageningen. The first three are done, seven more to go!

Sometimes you may see my paintings at the window when you pass by the shop, or, if you visit, you may check the reproductions of my paintings, nicely printed and framed with an acid-free passepartout (the price is lower than for the oil painting).

 

These are the latest paintings, that you may find in the shop (in original and paper copies): 

Getting ready for Tour de France (May 2015, oil on canvas 40×50 cm):

Tour de France starts in Utrecht! Oil on canvas, 40x50 cm, May 2015. Sold.

Tour de France starts in Utrecht! Oil on canvas, 40×50 cm, May 2015. Sold.

Nijmegen (April 2015, oil on canvas 40×50 cm):

Nijmegen. 40x50 cm, oil on canvas, April 2015.

Nijmegen. 40×50 cm, oil on canvas, April 2015.

Nieuwegracht, Utrecht (April 2015, oil on canvas 40×50 cm):

Niuwegracht, Utrecht. Edition 2. Oil on canvas, 40x50 cm, April 2015. Sold.

Niuwegracht, Utrecht. Edition 2. Oil on canvas, 40×50 cm, April 2015. Sold.

Thats me signing every single reproduction: 

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Find Catch Projecten at this address:

Domstraat 5-19
UTRECHT
Nederland
3512 JA
Telefoon: 030 2311277
Fax: 030 2317695
E-mailadres: catch@catch-projecten.nl
http://www.catchprojecten.nl

For on-line ordering use https://www.catch-online.nl

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Paper is the new wood and some thoughts about Dutch design.

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Actually, paper now is much more than wood, but, for instance, leather too.
Let me explane. When I was walking around Amsterdam, I was very curious about what dutch design actually is. For me now it is very experimental, all about discovering new objects, materials, colours, in combination with simplicity and in a close cooperation with nature.
Here are some examples:
This awesome bath from a Droog shop reminds a half of a Kinder Surprise. Its massive, functional and an absolute eye catcher. The price is 5.495 euro not including wooden logs.
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Have you seen three horses?

There were even more, but they always moved and only three of them are going to stay in the history!

Quick sketch of field by Utrecht. Over-burned my hands, it was sunny and hot, but it worth it! Petite lovely painting with a windmill at the horizon. 30×40 cm, oil on canvas. June 2014. 

 

‘De beste buurt’.

Oil on canvas, 65 x 90 cm. April 2014.

Dear neighbours of Lange Nieuwstraat, you are nice and friendly! It was a pleasure meeting you all. This painting of Utrecht is a part of upcoming series ‘The Netherlands are more than Amsterdam’.

Welcome to my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ValeriyaPainting/

First plain air in Utrecht.

A professional umbrella is needed. Oil on canvas, 50×60 cm.

Still life with a cat.

Inspired with Barcelona, you may see fruits brought from there and a map of the Catalan capital.  Oil on canvas, 65×90. Yes, It looks really huge! March, 2014.

Lions

Lions of the middle ages are absolutely hilarious.

To find out why was that here is the brief introduction to the period. First of all – middle ages in art is a transfer from Antiquity to the Renaissance . Medieval period consist of two stages: Romanesque (XI-XII) and Gothic  (end of XII – beginning of XVI). So in that ages the only fun was religion. Church was the only thing that thrilled European people of that time. High life as chivalry appeared just in Gothic. So just imagine – you live in 1345, look after chickens, and you see nothing except your daily route ‘home-fare-church-home’. I mean that according to the theory of our teacher of aesthetics, a creator (painter or architect) do not make his art works separately from the environment where he lives. There is a special formula of environment influence on a masterpiece, So, if religion and church fully takes over your brain, and no civil life exists, the only subject-matter that prevails in that period will be…  Religion! In architecture these were cathedrals and convents, in painting – frescoes. Portrait genre appeared just in Late Gothic, I mean civil portrait. And till that time all frescos, bible illustrations depicted just Chris, Virgin Mary, Prophets and so on. I would also add, that there were no art schools! Just think of that. Painters hardly ever learned to picture men in icons, and now they need to show a landscape in perspective or a holy baby Chris (ugly most of the time) and… omg!.. animals! They couldn’t go to a zoo and make a brief sketch of a lion. Ha-ha! And lions in Italy walking freely around Florence city centre? Kidding? Well, that was a short explanation of why lions in Medieval ages were so-so terribly painted. Get, set, go!

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(Lion on drugs). Saint Jérôme (version de Turin) – Dosso Dossi  1528.  Continue Reading…

Dogs and cats of the medieval art

There were many painters who depicted dogs at their paintings. Some were bad in that, some were very bad.  A dutch artist Emanuel de Witte probably liked dogs that much, so you can see them in every his painting!

Here are five dogs in a church. All dogs painted before this picture was made (1650) are looking like experiments of some US underground laboratories.

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Everything you wanted to know about medieval lactation but were afraid to ask

Beginners in lactating:

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Alonso Cano, Lactation of St. Bernard,1650, Madrid, Prado. Its a strange story about feeding this saint guy, first painted in the 12th century.   Continue Reading…