Croydon, United Kingdom
Painting - Oil On Hardboard
Ivan Shikerov (1928 - 1999) created this Masterpiece between 1990 - 1995. Towards the end of 80s the Artist has been researching different techniques and angles. One of the lines has lead to having a different perception of the internal context, finding new subjects, objects and interior. This is how few paintings were created: all exploiting the topic of hidden observation.
The subjects under focus are half naked females, hiding behind the decors. The Author sees them as central to any interior. The women are adding to the feeling of home and enclosure. Of course, the ‘platonic observation’ is full of sexual meanings and allusions. I would even go further and say, that all female images in the works of Ivan Shikerov are partly representing real persons and stories. But this is one side of those paintings only.
There are pure art forms of depiction here and one of them is the constant presence of ‘double vision’, second point of view. The Artist has been genuinely interested in the art problematic of ‘stream of consciousness’, which is one of most researched topics in the critics and philosophy of 20th Century and the modern world…
I am not going to write about it here… it is enough that I mentioned the topic. I have discussed with the Author on many occasions this complicated Art topic. In the Eighties Ivan Shikerov liked giving a face to his thought, painting images and visions, which are his interpretation and perception of anything around. The details, symbolising this, are the paintings on the walls in his Works. As it is the case here: the half painted picture at the rear plan is the second point of view. Not by accident, neither of the females is looking at the picture behind…Symbolism, sexuality, philosophy… So many Art faces!
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April 23rd, 2013
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