Boris Svesnikhov, Urban landscape

"When I set about painting a picture I do not know exactly what the final result will be, because the main thing for me is the process of painting. I have an idea of sorts, not so much visual, one might say, as emotional; I know that I intend to paint a fallen leaf, for instance, and not a human face, in other words, I have a design, but I do not know what form of expression it will take. I don't know what the leaf will be like and how it will fit into the canvas. I just have a feeling inside about the expressiveness and a lot of bright colors. Now there is almost nothing of this. The expressiveness gradually decreased, but not in a clear-cut, consistent way. Sometimes I returned to even greater expressiveness. At a certain moment, a year after I had begun to paint works like these, the deformation and distortion of objects almost went as far as the complete abstraction of these objects. I knew what I was drawing, but most people looked and saw nothing or little of it. Having painted several such pictures, I realised that I could go no further in this direction and I returned to greater concreteness, to greater, if I can put it this way, comprehensibility, because in this confusion I had lost contact with my public, which saw in my pictures, on the whole, abstraction - spots and lines. Also it was apparently in my nature to express myself through objects. This, it seems to me, is my strongest side. If my early works are more broken up, more fragmented, then later I began to pay more attention to the mood of the picture and not to outward expressiveness and the violent expression of emotion."

Boris Sveshnikhov

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