Art-Marfa. Gallery-performance. Konstantin Prusov
Art-Marfa. Gallery-performance. Konstantin Prusov

To love art...

is trendy and prestigious but so complicated! Pollock, Duchamp, Malevich... intellectual and, let's confess, sometimes boring and incomprehensible arguments of art historians... However art can bring joy as well as good movie, boat trip or delicious food. One shouldn't start love art with something complex and conceptual but should start with something familiar and simple. 

That's what the world of Konstantin Prusov (the artist from Novosibirsk) is, amazingly eye-catching and understandable. High blue sky with weightless clouds, wondering eyes of the dog, crispy and refreshing watermelon's pulp, the bright yellow hat of the artist. Images of Konstantin, his canvases, open to the world and our mind, easily help to get involved in art of painting.

 

Kostya is one of the most friendly, smiling and bright persons that I've ever met in my life. At the same time he is intelligent what is can rarely be noted even among artists, he loves and knows art history. With real passion he tells about his impressions of avant-garde paintings of Parisian Centre Pompidou and Aivazovsky exhibition in Tretyakov Gallery, of Louvre expositions in Abu Dhabi and Russian artists canvases in his local Art Museum in Novosibirsk. 

His delicate artistic taste and knowledge are reflected in his own work. Looking at Konstantin's paintings you may remember art of Mathis and Dali, artists of Parisian School and Nicolay Gritsyuk. However it's not a direct quotation of classic painters but echo, faint scent of a great past, without which a modern artist cannot exist.

Another important trait of Konstantin Prusov is courage. Working a lot with still life and landscapes, so typical for contemporary art, he is not afraid to go beyond the genre and adds non-trivial dimension to it. 

The dialogue of hands and round composition transforms the pomegranate in the «Last Supper»; the still life with book laying on the embankment's balustrade turns into romantic «Poem about the sea»; and the painting with the corner of old house («Quiet steps. Ostuni») encourages viewers to think about the wheel of time. Meanwhile all mentioned canvases created with pure colors and fluent brush strokes leave an impression of happiness and light. 

Happiness. This word can describe an entire series of paintings devoted to Russian village. Its characters – a rosy-cheeked beauty with wonderful old name Marfa, clay toys, matryoshkas, huts and samovars. But they don't have any sweetness and sentimentality. Konstantin was able to endow these archetypal images with amazing originality, sincerity and authenticity. They are real because they are about the artist himself who tenderly loves his home in Irbit countryside (even though he grew up in our noisy and industrial megapolis), they are about us dreaming of something beautiful, bright and simple.

Olga Kurzhukova

Senior researcher of Novosibirsk State Art Museum