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Found!! Original artist par excellence – Aleks Kargopoltsev

A scarletcanvas exclusive! Fresh off the easel of Aleks Kargopoltsev!!!

Fresh off Alek's easel

I just simply have to write about Aleks Kargopoltsev. Ever since I stopped at his studio during my LaConner, Skagit Valley, WA trip a couple of weeks ago, I haven’t stopped talking about the extraordinary paintings I saw or thinking about these exceptional paintings…..

Woman with Violin, Aleks Kargopoltsev

The woman with violin was a sort of deja-vu moment for me. In one of my earlier blogs I wrote that as an art buyer, we need to look for the personal connection with the artwork and with this painting, it just happened to me! It was like finding a soulmate!

But let us talk about the artist who created this magic. Aleks moved to the US in 1993 from Russia. By the age of 4, Aleks was drawing and by age 13 passed the rigorous tests that allowed him to enter an art school in his home town of Kostroma, about 200 miles northeast of Moscow. He paints landscapes and seascapes in plein air, portraits, cubist, abstract, contemporary – it is almost like, name it and you’ll find it at Aleks’ studio!

Aleks at work in his studio

Aleks' studio @ LaConner

Here is a sneak peek into some of Alek’s versatile creations – from his cubist recreation of the Last Supper to shades of the nature that he so loves….

Last Supper, Aleks Kargopoltsev

Portrait of Sveta, Aleks Kargopoltsev

Landscape, Japanese Gulch, Aleks Kargopoltsev

Seascape, Crashing Waves, Aleks Kargopoltsev

You can find more of Alek’s paintings here at his website:

Since settling in Arlington, Washington, Aleks has taught at the Andersen Center in Edmonds, Mukilteo, Tri-Dee in Mt. Vernon, The Gene Nastri Community School of the Arts, and Alek’s Studio and Art Gallery in La Conner. If you want to get in touch with Aleks or visit his studio or take classes from him, here are the details:

Alek’s contact details:

Aleksandr Kargopoltsev
Studio Location: 106 S.First Street, Suite B, LaConner, WA 98257
Mailing Address: PO Box 3383, Arlington, WA 98223
Phone: (425)-268-9697

I’ll leave you now to soak into the mesmerizing beauty of Alek’s paintings…

Until next time….


Les Demoiselles d’Avignon – Most influential work of art?

A 2007 newsweek article, ‘Which Is the Most Influential Work of Art Of the Last 100 Years?‘ describes Picasso’s, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon as the most influential work in the past century.

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Paris, June-July 1907

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, one of Picasso’s most famous works, was painted in France and completed in the summer of 1907. The theme of the painting is very simple – five prostitutes in a brothel. But to make this starting composition, Picasso created over one hundred sketches and drew inspiration from diverse sources like Iberian sculpture, African tribal masks, El Greco’s Opening of the Fifth Seal and Cezanne’s Les Grandes Baigneuses.

Still, so many art critiques of the time considered this painting ugly and nasty.  So what makes this painting so eye-catching? so influential that it revolutionized the art world? Well… started a new art movement called Cubism. Even to an art novice, cubist paintings are easily recognizable due to the geometric angles, lines and shapes included in them.

Personally, whenever I look at one of these creations, I think of Lego blocks. It is almost like the artist demystified a real-life object into these little blocks by looking at them from different vantage points and then he arranged and rearranged them just like you would with the Lego blocks until you ended up getting that perfect piece of art – abstract yet letting you see things differently, like never before!

Since Picasso (along with Georges Braque) introduced cubism, over the next several years, he took this art movement to a whole new level, breaking up his objects and figures into little cubes and re-assembling them in every possible way. Here’s a few more of Picasso’s exemplary cubist paintings….

My inspiration to publish this blog on Cubism is a Russian artist I met in Skagit Valley, WA. A remarkable artist, I’ll write about him and his paintings in my next blog.

Until next time….

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