• Nadia Russ: NeoPopRealism – Olga Chemokhud Doty

    Date posted: June 18, 2006 Author: jolanta

    Nadia Russ: NeoPopRealism

    Olga Chemokhud Doty

    Nadia Russ, His Inner, 2002, Acrylic on canvas, 30�x40�.
    Nadia Russ, His Inner, 2002, Acrylic on canvas, 30�x40�.


    things I like the most:


    Sex with man I love;



    Cuban cigars, especially Cohiba

    day switch the numbers.”


    style="mso-spacerun: yes"> "Some people have brains, other
    people – money. Who is more funny?"

    Nadia Russ quote of the year 2004


    It often
    happens that meeting it’s creator challenges the impressions formed after
    seeing art.  However, when I met
    Nadia Russ her personality came across as being in total harmony with her artwork:
    bright and florescent but not garish; well balanced but not overpainted. A bit
    showy, slightly humorous, playfully erotic with a touch of mysticism. Nadia
    refused to talk about her past. But she did talk about her influences she said.
    “I always need challenge.  It was
    too stifling for me just to be a classical musician. I love diversity:
    different music, Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, different people, different environments,
    I love New York, New York is the Best city in the World, challenging and
    stimulating.” After establishing a career as a musician she went on to publish
    a book of humorous stories with her own illustrations “There came a point in my
    life when a ‘block’ just lifted off me and I started painting. I think if a
    person has a sense of harmony in his soul it will manifest itself in any
    endeavor.” Her compositions are harmonious but at the same time challenging,
    sometimes with “pop your eyes out” color combinations, sometimes with the
    subject matter.  She came up with a
    term Neopoprealism
    to describe her work. Her brightly colored canvases with flat linear rendering
    are reminiscent of the psychedelic posters of Peter Max.
    style="mso-spacerun: yes">  But in some works like “His Inner”
    or  “Magicians” she uses
    crisscrossing lines that connect figures with mystical signs surrounding them
    in patterned backgrounds. Nadia’s implement of black outlines in her paintings
    give her works a very defined, flat, graphic nature. In the work “New York
    Faces” the composition is drawn with black acrylic lines on the white
    background with selective use of blocked colors. Nadia is a master of balancing
    the hi energy colors in her compositions with poetic drawing style. Her art is
    whimsical and philosophical at the same time.


    paintings are on view at 96 St .New York Public Library 112 E 96 street.

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