Artist Opuls Sergei Markovich

Country: Russian Federation
City: Saint-Petersburg

Sergey Opuls was born 1962 in city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and lived there until 27 years. The tunes of eastern in peace and war (Opuls was in Afghanistan as a helicopter navigator) always appear in his paintings, often as the main part. After moving to the north-western part of Russia - the land of lakes, woods and churches - orthodox shrines theme became dominating in his works of art. The artist's paintings are found in private collections and museums in Russia and Europe.

Rich, contrasting strokes provoke the presence effect. The facture is so authentic and tangible that one wants to touch the rough ochrous wall of the ancient oriental temple, touch the purple shining with glazing tiles. The tangible trembling contrast of yellow and purple colors so favored by German and Russian symbolist: Stefan George and Alexander Block who based in their works to a large extent on the community of the world of divinity, on the community of the sanctities of the Orient and the West. One only needs to through back one’s head to see the bright shining of the mosques and golden cupola of the churches against the background of the blue of the sky.

Opuls painted Christian sanctities with great piety. One could compare his paintings to the votive pictures that were devoted by people to God and created in prayer of yore. It was not vainly that the painter spent several years in Konevsky and Valaamsky monasteries as a worker. Opuls’es paintings do not imitate holiness; do not throw out picture worship. His sanctities are placed – often intuitively – in much unexpected places. The temples spring up in his canvases as naturally as mushrooms or the rainbow after the rain. This is why they look (and sometimes literally look out of common buildings) – like a not-made-by-hand miracle.

The desire to create, to create the world in the paintings anew is profound. As a Co-creator, he is lavish with colors. The expression of Opuls’es palette emerges from one painting to another, evokes response of the spectator. His paintings do not loose their internal logic, the visibleness of the composed. His view of the world remains happily original – not interrupted by the duplication after the masters and classicists of the pathway once covered.

Work list
Painting (Picture) : The goal is close
2010 y. / 120x60 cm
270 000 Rubles
Painting (Picture) : St.Sophia. Vologda
2009 y. / 85x70 cm
80 000 Rubles
Painting (Picture) : The Tiger of Panjshir. Afghanistan
2009 y. / 65x60 cm
80 000 Rubles