Oleg Tselkov, Masked Portrait

Oleg Tselkov is a totally different kind of artist. The intense formal research underlying his paintings saw him expelled from two Soviet art establishments and led him to elaborate his own procedure by which he created a new world, coexistent with the real one but running parallel alongside it. This grotesque world of "Masks" emerges from where Russian carnival culture and cold surrealist reflection cross paths. His masks, which usurp the place normally accorded to the face, swell, multiply and fill up the canvas aggressively, draining it of all atmosphere.

Olga Medvedkova
(translated by Kate Viggers)

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