Painting - Oil On Canvas
In the picture Hunting, produced in early 2007, the interest of a documentarian artist was primarily embodied. He studied in depth the smallest nuances of hunting of late XIX – early XX centuries, carefully selected the costumes, searched how each stage of this beautiful activity was performed.
The picture was made on the motifs of a panel customized by the painter for a billiards club in Moscow. It was Simon who offered the theme of the panel to the customer; originally, it was planned to place on one of the walls of the central hall a composition dedicated to the history of playing billiards. The panel’s sketch was created with the help of advanced computer technologies, in the Photoshop programme. It is a photo collage, compositionally prolonged, like a frieze. For the billiards club’s interior decoration this sketch was expanded to the scale of a four-metre banner and was painted in oil over the printed image to achieve an effect of fine and detailed oil painting. This technique, approved by the customer after a slight hesitancy, speeded up the process of the panel creation considerably, the duration of work being only two weeks, which is no doubt a pioneering achievement for a decorating artist.
On completing the work for the club decoration, the author decided to develop its sketch in a painting piece. The choice of the topic is explained by the artist’s long-standing interest to the theme of hunting in the history of arts. Already since the prehistoric times the depiction of hunting was associated in the human consciousness with a mindset for success. The shamans’ magical drawings on the walls of the Altamir cave guaranteed success in the real chase. Rooted on a genetic level, the memory of this has been preserved up to the present. Like a talisman, Hunting, due to bring success, decorated the halls of palaces, study rooms, living rooms; now it is, too, one of the popular topics of contemporary painting.
2012 “Visible Images”, exhibition at the exhibition hall of the Russian Auction House in Gostiny Dvor, Moscow.
2015 The artist's palette. Simon Kozhin. History and Modernity at the Exhibition Hall Atrium The Moscow State Integrated Art and Historical Architectural and Natural Landscape Museum-Reserve Kolomenskoye. (Moscow)
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September 11th, 2009
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