Paintings on poppy seeds by Valery Dvoryanov
Paintings on poppy seeds by Valery Dvoryanov. Russian folklore keeps the legends about the Tula master Levsha who managed to shoe an English flea. The works of Cherepovets based artist-micro miniaturist Valery Dvoryanov carry on the traditions of the Russian art and during three decades arouse the admiration of the audience with their inventiveness and virtuosic mastership. Micro miniatures of Valery Dvoryanov was born in 1947 in Krasnodar. His father was keen on creation. He produced the unique patterns of diminutive arms, so the arouse of interest to miniature was not accidental for Valery. The armoury miniature takes a particular place in the master’s creative work.
Valery Dvoryanov’s biggest work to date is his 2003 picture of the Titanic, on a 2mm-long mineral sliver. One of his works is inscribed with the words: “I have loved the sun all my life and always wanted to paint the sun” in letters a fraction of a millimetre wide, painted using a sharpened human hair. And in 2002, Micro-artist Willard Wigan spent months designing, sculpting and painting a miniature figure of Muhammad Ali fighting Sonny Liston on a pin head.
Valery Dvoryanov’s collection includes a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Tower Bridge and Jesus – each fitted into the eye of a needle. It also features a minute Statue of Liberty and a boxing ring containing Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield.
The high level of execution has earned attention of specialists who make special mention of striking resemblance of the items in the collection with the originals. All the items have though small but working mechanism inside. One can appreciate these works only by strong magnification. Master’s imagination doesn’t stop amazing and winning the audience: daggers, a Cossack saber, a harquebus, a fortress harquebus, a hammer, pliers are put into a sewing needle’s eye. And all these things are not more than 2 millimeters in size!