The scenes he paints are ghostly and dream-like
March 23, 2024 4:48 AM   Subscribe

Ukrainian painter Vachagan Narazyan is an inspiration to many, including artist Vanessa Lemen, who has written about him a couple times. He's shown at various galleries, including just pre-pandemic at James Yarosh. He came of age as a painter as a Soviet nonconformist artist. His work has been described as "symbolic visions of a deeply personal nature." If video is more your thing, check out this video that James Yarosh shared on YouTube that evokes the feel of Narazyan's work.

By chance, I happened into a gallery in Seattle that had a show of Narazyan's work way back in the day (the same one Lemen saw). The paintings captivated me completely then and still do. One of my favorite living artists and an inspiration for my own art, both painting and writing.
posted by cupcakeninja (8 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
This is gorgeous! Thank you.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 5:04 AM on March 23 [2 favorites]

Some amazing images there that I could spend a lot of time looking at.
posted by Phanx at 11:37 AM on March 23 [1 favorite]

posted by doctornemo at 11:40 AM on March 23 [1 favorite]

These are wonderful
posted by quazichimp at 3:38 PM on March 23 [1 favorite]

Thank you for sharing this!

The work reminds me of Goya, somehow. The Caprichos, as well as Witches’ Sabbath and especially The Dog.
posted by Caxton1476 at 4:59 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Beautiful and haunting.
posted by Glinn at 6:54 AM on March 25 [1 favorite]

I just visited an exhibition of another Ukrainian painter: Ivan_Marchuk

It was at this point in his life that the KGB began to harass him for his non-conformist leanings, reaching the peak of their repressive activities in the 1970s.[2] The Soviet authorities took particular issue with the darker colors used by Marchuk, which they considered ill-placed in the characteristically bright depictions of socialist realism.

He is well-known as the creator of the art technique “plyontanism”, which is characterized by high levels of detailed strokes that appear to weave into one another.

Have to see, maybe I can upload some of the pics.
posted by maloqueiro at 12:17 PM on March 25 [1 favorite]

Mod note: [btw, this post has been added to the sidebar and Best Of blog!]
posted by taz (staff) at 1:12 AM on March 30 [1 favorite]

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