Painter Vadim Vaskovsky creates a new mixed body of work for Studio22 using a variety of techniques and materials. He takes his artistic inspiration from his infant daughter in an effort to find new ways of seeing and expressing.
Vadim Vaskovsky – Artist Statement:
Being asked to give a name to the exhibition I would like to explain my choices.
The first working name was “For Maria” and another one was “Days and Nights”.
Looking at the pictures I have been working on recently, I find that each one could be classified as either a day or night picture. Some of the images are done in the day light, some worked out under electric light during the nights. My seven month old daughter Maria gives me such charmed smiles that I can ignore them only when she sleeps. Thus, I often work at night.
After a prolonged period of painting landscapes under the sun, it is a new experience for me. Under cover of night, it is comfortable to paint a thought rather than an impression which has more tendency to deviate. There are always so many thoughts though. Most of them only hassle creativity. An artist thinking purely in terms of vanity can only imitate art, not create something new. To put an end to that kind of thinking, I decided to work and create purely for my child. While painting, I am thinking of how to make an image that will invoke the interest of a child; how to open up my world to her. To think only about it. I must say it helps greatly.
The selected pictures are paintings, drawings and prints. The main medium is acrylic and ink. My recent interest in stained glass and mosaic is seen in some pictures painted from sketches for glass work. Also, there are a few pastels and linocut prints.