Egypt

Memory Сells. Egypt, 2020, acrylic, oil on canvas, 80x80cm

Memory Cells. Egypt / Memory cells. Egypt.
Egypt is not the Promised Land: it is a land created by man day after day, year after year, a work that is renewed endlessly, where the creations are mixed with the image of the Creator. There are no sharp differences between gods and people: there gods dwell among mortals; their faces are the same human faces or the images of animals that surround them on earth and in heaven. In every piece of the Egyptian land – water and universal, cosmic fire, death and resurrection, human essence and divine essence.
That is why, when I saw one family of Egyptians, it seemed to me that the gods came to life, I wanted to draw them.
The ancient Egyptians were an extremely life-oriented people who largely tried to supplant the thought of age and death. Instead, the concept of life in the afterlife and rebirth was put to the fore.

The thinking of the ancient Egyptian people was not rational – logical, but figuratively – symbolic. There was a magic principle that all perfect, great things are reflected in something small, outwardly nondescript – both above and below, the macrocosm is equal to the microcosm. On this basis, the scarab beetle became a symbol of the rising sun, and the sky could be depicted as a cow. In the same way, it was possible, through symbolic actions and drawings, to influence important processes taking place in the world of the Gods and in the other world. The symbols themselves were attributed to their inherent inner strength, something like an essence or soul.

The ancient Egyptian religion contained a huge number of deities with diverse forms of manifestation. Gods – as, indeed, people – were supposed to have a large number of different qualities of character, so that one and the same deity could be depicted in all kinds of incarnations.

Ankh is one of the most important ancient Egyptian symbols with the meaning of “life” (“immortality”), also known as “crux ansata”. The sign is very simple but powerful. It combines two symbols – a cross, as a symbol of life, and a circle, as a symbol of eternity. Their combination means immortality.

The Eye of Horus is the emblem of the falcon-headed god of the sky Horus, a symbol of the all-seeing eye and the unity of the cosmos, the integrity of the universe. According to ancient Egyptian myth, the moon eye of Horus was snatched out by Set in the battle for supremacy among the gods, but after the victory of Horus in this battle, it grew again. This myth became the reason for the extreme popularity of the Eye of Horus as a warding off evil amulet. The spiral under the eye (shaped like a galaxy) symbolizes energy and perpetual motion.
The Eye of Horus was also associated with healing, as ancient Egyptian physicians often viewed illness as analogous to the battle between Horus and Set.
In mathematics, the Eye had a curious function – it was used to denote fractions. According to one version of the myth, Seth cut the torn out eye of Horus into 64 parts, so his incomplete image symbolizes some fractional number: the pupil is 1/4, the eyebrow is 1/8, etc.

These are my memories, my acquaintance with Egypt, to be continued …

In my studio, painting process

My sunny boy, 2020, oil on canvas, 100×80
The work was written in the online plenary “Art unites the world! Ukraine 2020” specially for the INSHE ART charity project.
Our future is our children, and therefore my grandson Tyomochka became my main model, and it so happened that when we were walking, and Tyoma was riding a gyro board, we saw sunflowers, and the picture formed by itself like a puzzle.

FRONTRUNNER Magazine

This is incredible! I believe in miracles !!!
It is incredibly simple at the same time Kyiv saw my paintings in the Museum of the History of Kyiv and there was an interview in the FRONTRUNNER magazine !!! Off and Running … into the future ART. MUSIC. FILM. CULTURE. New York / London, founded in 2009. !!!!!

And they wrote about me in FRONTRUNNER, who sees the whole World!
Just an incredible story !!!
I thank Edward Symes and Mary Pat Abruzzo for this honor to represent Ukrainian art !!!!!

https://frontrunnermagazine.net/oksana-okhapkina/

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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum/ Музей Галуста Гюльбенкяна

Музей Галуста Гюльбенкяна  художественный музей в Лиссабоне, хранящий коллекцию европейского изобразительного искусства, а также ряда памятников восточного и античного искусства, собранную предпринимателем Галустом Гюльбенкяном. Был открыт 2 октября 1969 года согласно завещанию миллиардера и субсидируется фондом его имени.

Музей состоит из нескольких корпусов расположенных в прекрасном парке.

Я посетила только 2 здания они распложены в разных частях парка.

В одном из зданий находится коллекция основателя Галуста Гюльбенкяна (Founder’s Collection), а в другом Музей современного искусства (Modern Collection).

Я попала сначала в здание с основной коллекцией. Там собрано около 6 тысяч экспонатов. Сначала нужно рассказать, кто такой Галуста Гюльбенкян.

 Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian29 марта 1869Стамбул — 20 июля 1955Лиссабон[1]) — британский[1] финансист, промышленник и филантроп[1], крупный нефтяной магнат первой половины XX века. Соучредитель множества нефтяных компаний. Основатель «Iraq Petroleum Company», заложивший начало нефтедобычи на Ближнем Востоке. В России прежде всего известен как один из покупателей полотен из коллекции Эрмитажа.

Известен также как «Нефтяной Талейран» и «Господин 5 процентов».

В отличие от других известных коллекционеров, начавших собирание предметов искусства уже в более или менее зрелом возрасте, страсть эта поразила Галуста ещё в детстве. За 50 пиастров, полученных от отца за успехи в учёбе, 14-летний подросток купил на стамбульском базаре старинные монеты, впоследствии ставшие основой его богатейшей коллекции греческих монет, считающейся лучшей в мире. Гюльбенкян обладал уникальным и своеобразным эстетическим вкусом, и умением видеть красоту, которые со временем переросли в настоящую страсть. К этому, безусловно, прибавилось отличное знание искусства, позволившее Гюльбенкяну стать известнейшим коллекционером мирового масштаба.

«Художественное полотно должно быть приятным, занимательным и привлекающим внимание. Да-да, приятным. И без того в жизни достаточно скучных вещей. Мы не должны увеличивать их число», — сказал он однажды.

 Сфера интересов Гюльбенкяна в искусстве была широка. Наряду с художественными полотнами коллекционер с тем же воодушевлением приобретал раритетные издания, керамику и многое другое, причем при выборе руководствовался девизом «меня может удовлетворить только лучшее».

«То, как на протяжении своей жизни Гюльбенкян использовал своё состояние, и то, как он им распорядился в завещании, демонстрирует его понимание социальной функции богатства и соответствующим ей обязательствам», — напишут в Португалии спустя 20 лет после смерти Галуста Гюльбенкяна.

Lisbon. Museu Calouste Gulbenkian-Modern Collection

José Sobral de Almada Negreiros (April 7, 1893 – June 15, 1970) was a Portuguese artist, writer, poet and playwright, directly associated with a group of modernists.

He was also one of the most important employees of Orpheus magazine. He studied in Portugal at Jesuit College, gained the notoriety of a bully and rowdy there, and in 1911 he entered the International University of Lisbon. Not yet finished, he begins to exhibit and at his exhibition he meets Fernando Pessoa, with whom he will work in the journal Orpheus in the future. Portrait of Pessoa – the most famous work of Almad Negreirush. Influence on his creative formation had Fernand Leger, Pablo Picasso, Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay.


Monument ‘Reminiscent of Almada Negreiros’ in Lisbon, Portugal, close to the Tagus River A steel-made artwork was erected in 2014 in honor of the outstanding diagram of modern Portuguese culture, by the artist José Sobral de Almada Negreiros In addition to literature and paintings, Almada launched choreography’s ballet, and work on tapestry, engraving, wall paintings, caricature, mosaic, azulejo and stained glass

My picture was sold at a charity auction organized by the Ronald McDonalds Foundation, June 9, 2019 in Kiev.

Hurray, I want to share the joy that overwhelms me, my little victory on the way to a big goal! My picture was sold at a charity auction organized by the Ronald McDonalds Foundation,
June 9, 2019 in Kiev.

Meditation or Following Roerich, oil on canvas, 80×80 cm, 2019

There are two types of knowledge: one is expressed in words, the other is exact, understood by the spirit, but not embedded in words. Even it is impossible to explain in words how this understanding occurs, but it is truly beautiful. – Nicholas Roerich.

This picture was written by me after the lecture about Nicholas Roerich. When a connection arose in my head with that teenage girl I was when I lived in the Pamirs, with the girl who saw the work of Nicholas Roerich, and now with an adult woman who is now rethinking everything. I am happy that the money will go to a good cause, and I am happy that my picture has come to someone like it !!!

Information Flows, Flow #7

Flow #7 , acrylic on canvas, 60×100 cm, 2019
The last picture from the series “Information flows” I wrote under the impression of the boy Artem, from the orphanage in the village of Tsibli. Artem, 13 years old. The picture impressed me. He tooks the Spanish artist Street art El Pez ,, as a basis, but wrote it in its own way, the name of the picture is “Mother Above All”!
Mother is nature, mother is a parent, mother is the beginning of life … Mother, mommy, mummy, mother practically sounds the same in all languages. I immediately formed an image and colors, red, blue, yellow. When the picture was painted, I realized that intuitively I took the colors that are used in the icons. This confirmed my identification, all that is in us is laid on the gene level by our ancestors.