Igor Galanin Limited Edition Prints
Born in Moscow in 1937, Igor Galanin enjoyed professional success and recognition as an artist, book illustrator and theatrical designer in the former Soviet Union. Galanin worked during a time period of limited freedom of expression, but he had an inner mechanism that understood what freedom was all about. Within his personal, painted kingdom, Galanin let freedom ring. If he wanted a chair to rest on water instead of a floor, he put it there. If he thought the fruit in a still life should go floating out of its bowl, away it went. His desire for a career as an artist in the Western tradition took him and his young family to Rome, where he had his first solo exhibition in 1972. Later seeking liberty for himself and his family, Galanin emigrated to the United States in 1972.
On the surface, Igor Galanin’s paintings are purely a celebration of the sensual. In this carnival of earthy delights, women with delicate, aristocratic features and round, voluptuous bodies take center stage. Whether they are enjoying a park vista from the comfort of a bench, or flying threw the air on the trapeze, Galanin’s big beautiful women remain serenely in control of their surroundings. Expressing a wholly unique artistic, vision these technically masterful painting contain lighthearted nods to mannerism, to Surrealism, and to the dainty theatrical caprices of Jean-Antoine Watteau. Galanin’s jewel-box palette and dramatic use of dark backgrounds may bring to mind Russia’s decorative black-lacquer art objects, as well as religious icons.
Original Serigraphs by Igor Galanin
Each piece is a limited edition Artist Proof that is signed in pencil by the artist.