Saturday, November 10, 2012

Inspiration: Serge Marshennikov


Serge Marshennikov was born on the 30th of May, 1971 in Ufa, Bashkiria - USSR.

His grandfather was the general manager of a horse breeding company, his father, an electrical engineer and his mother was in pre-school education. From the earliest of times, Serge was always drawing, painting and sculpting from any material he could land his hands on. His Mother encouraged him to study, and from early childhood and he had a succession of private teachers and art studies that he attended. After receiving a number of awards for his children’s watercolor and pastel paintings, Serge decided to become a professional painter.


In 1995 he graduated from the Ufa Art College and continued his education at one of the most prestigious art academies in the world, The Repin Academy of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. As one of the most talented graduates of the academy, Serge was offered to stay for post-graduate studies at the studio of the Academician, Rector of the Academy, Professor Milnikov.

Serge’s first solo exhibition was in the gallery “Sangat” of his native UFA in 1995, the year of his graduation from the college. The show was a success and Serge was invited to exhibit at the Artists’ Union gallery. Since that time Serge has exhibited on a semi-annual basis, showing his works to his collectors and piers in both St Petersburg and Ufa.


Serge’s paintings have been sold through many prestigious art auctions, including famous Christie’s of London and Bonham's in Knightsbridge. His paintings are held in the Museum of Modern Art (El Paso), in The Grace Museum (Abilene), and in many important private collections in Russia, England, Denmark, France and Japan.


Serge sites his biggest influences as Andrew Wyeth & Lucian Freud. As for more contemporary artists, he likes works of Jeremy Lipking. Serge currently lives and works in St. Petersburg with his Wife and 7 year old daughter.

To see more of Serge's work (much of it in high-resolution), be sure to check out his Tumblr HERE.

22 comments:

  1. Oh great....another depressing day in front of my own painting. Though - now it seems I must use the word "painting" in the loosest sense of the word.

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  2. My thoughts exactly... but perhaps more depressing than yours. Bugger. Jaw dropping work indeed

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  3. What are you talking about... I was like "hmm, Dan must have mistyped the year-there's no way this guy lives in our time and is only 40" This second painting from the bottom up, the one with the nude girl, it took my breath away, with all that detail and all it's softness. This guys is rly an inspiration!

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  4. Incrediboobs! I one point I thought to myself, "all this guy paints is subtly sexy incredibly beautiful young sleepy women," after which I realized, what more does one really need to paint? Besides narrative, of course. I suppose that's the difference between fine art and illustration, the intent to infer a story being greater than the intent to communicate the depiction of a subject. But seriously, this guy has mastered bitties.

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  5. Breathtakingly beautiful...I know that's so cliche, but seriously, these make me gasp. Thanks for posting Dan.

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  6. @Gollorr That was my impression too that these were done by some guy in the distant past, till I read the second last paragraph. Love the paintings, they look so delicate.

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  7. Pretty, scantily-clad ladies, lovely hair...gorgeous skin tones. But somehow a sad disappointment -- there's a surprising lack of serious paintings with the subject of beautiful men in a similar theme that aren't romance cover illustrations. :/

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    1. Oh, it's out there. It just doesn't get as much attention.
      Check out the works of Jacob Collins or David Kassan.
      Here's a nice one from Jacob:

      http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_OV8tcXEr2ZA/Sfm_HV7vftI/AAAAAAAAADc/A6q1DTcrq2I/s1600/david.jpg

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    2. Well, it's natural tbh. There have been much more male painters over the ages than females.Its due to many reasons,which we should probably avoid discussing here, yet it's a fact.For us a woman is a topic of great interest in many aspects, also a symbol of what art stands for- beauty of creation, peace, unicorns and rainbows :)

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    3. Thanks for these Dan.....I am reminded of the art of Paul McCormack...hope I spelled his name right. I would love to know what surface Serge used, will check that out shortly. They are so delicate, like porcelain. As for male beauties, check out Rob Liberace's art,along with Jacob and David. I think its not so much how beautiful the model, but how beautifully it is rendered. I only hope I can live long enough to be 1/10th the artist Serge is.

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    4. Thanks, Dan! I also found a few by these artists -- Aleksander Balos, Nick Alm, Denny Bond and Hippolyte(Paul) Flandrin,:
      http://www.aleksanderbalos.com/Discovery_of_Circle.html
      http://www.nickalm.com/image_display.php?key=56
      http://www.dennybond.com/fine-art-figurative.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Hippolyte_Flandrin

      Gollor Quote: "...For us a woman is a topic of great interest in many aspects, also a symbol of what art stands for- beauty of creation, peace, unicorns and rainbows :)"

      I'll keep hoping for something a bit more inspirational then, since I'm not a male painter. :)

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  8. Fabulous skills, but the paintings are repetitive and, frankly, boring. Basically, it's the academic version of page three girls with added frills and decorative value. Perhaps it's more attractive for the male audience; me, I'd love to see the artist's abilities put to a different use.

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    1. I guess you cant please everybody. The same critique can be made of just about any artist that works within a genre or with a specific theme. To paraphrase the critique applied to other genres or themes "just a bunch of dragon paintings" or "just a bunch or still life paintings" or "just a bunch or portraits". I wonder if the artist presented a variety of subjects you would critique them for being too scattered thematically? I'm not trying to start an argument, I just find this kind of critique empty. Obviously this painter has the skills to paint just about anything he wants. But this is where his interests are why critique him for that?

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    2. It's my subjective impression upon seeing these paintings. They don't work for me, and I was trying to convey - in a few words - why. I don't critique his interests - I express my opinion about the paintings on display. And I think you're taking my words a bit too far with your paraphrase ;).

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  9. Breathtaking! Each one has the potential to make me fall in love with the subject! (Man... great hair!)

    His earlier stuff really seems to have Alma-Tadema's influence to me.

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  10. His renderings of the textiles are just as gorgeous as his interpretations of the figures... could look at these for hours.

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