Rocky Path, Flower Pot Island
Oil on canvas, 16" x 14"
The Artist: Guennadi Kalinine was born in Russia in the town of Zelenodolsk near Kazan. Guennadi graduated from the Art College of Kazan and from Kazan State University with a BA in history. Following graduation he spent 15 years teaching computer graphic design, all the while painting and refining his skills as an artist. Guennadi had numerous exhibitions in Russia, and his works can be found in many galleries and private collections.
He moved to Canada in 2003, already an accomplished painter and art restorer. Guennadi now has over 30 years of experience painting landscapes, portraits, figures and traditional Russian icons. He has also restored work by the Group of Seven, the Barbizon school and many privately owned paintings and artifacts. For ten years, Guennadi has been teaching at the Dundas Valley School of Art. In Canada, he has participated in numerous group exhibitions and five solo art shows.
“My landscape paintings are composed from memory and on-site drawings or photographs. I use memory as a filtering agent to remove nonessential visual elements when organizing a new composition. In my paintings I … try to express my sense of the mystery of being in the world. I create, hoping that the viewers will be able to share my fascination…Being in the mountains or open fields often suggest to me that some fundamental truth underlies everything. Standing before trees I see visceral icons proclaiming a union of earth and sky. Slow movement constantly existent in the Nature, especially streams of water, makes me feel the course of time, the flow of Life.”