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April 14, 2009

Russian Art In The Spotlight In London

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

‘Life As A Dream’, a solo show of the most recent work by Igor Tcholaria, is inspired by both the Commedia dell’Arte and the Circus. This is a rare opportunity to see the work of this St Petersburg based artist in London whose art influenced by Picasso and Modigliani was banned in Soviet Russia. His work is eagerly sought out by many contemporary collectors across the world. His fourth book is being published this Autumn to tie in with a retrospective show in The Netherlands and an exhibition in the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg.

Tcholaria has had many commissions the most recent were two four metre works for Cunard’s Queen Mary II; as well as some pieces hanging in The Mayfair Hotel in London. He was also chosen to customise a Volvo C60 to be auctioned by Phillips de Pury at the Millionaires Fair in Moscow. He later won the Gold medal for the graphics carried out on a customised Volvo S70 in Moscow in March 2009. His work is to be found in many international collections, both private and corporate.

His influences are many and he certainly pays homage to Picasso as can be seen in both his composition and palette in ‘Petrushka’ and ‘Clown on a Horse’. His portrait work seen in this exhibition particularly ‘Marianna’, ‘Elena’ and ‘Liza’ have the long sinuous necks and beautiful oval faces that define Modigliani’s hand.

Commenting on Tcholaria’s recent work French art critic Remi de Cnodder AICA, says: ‘The artist wants to experience life as a celebration and a drama at the same time. This explains the fact that he focuses his imagination on the world of dance, ballet, and circus with it’s variety of characters including clowns, musicians and acrobats. They arouse intense emotions, nostalgia, love and passion and become elements in enchanting compositions.’

‘Life As A Dream’ offers connoisseurs the opportunity to see how seldom seen bronzes from Rodin’s golden age and the work of Igor Tcholaria compliment each other in an interior; as well as a chance to invest in these two giants of the art world.

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