Gothic naive paintings by Pavel Nikolaev
Gothic naive paintings by Pavel Nikolaev could be called “Mirrors of the past”. Besides, his paintings – not bright canvas on which painted something in a certain technique. In fact, the main material for the master is wood – warm and pliable material, that also can be a frame. As Pavel Nikolaev himself admits, while he working on a new creation, he is talking with his work. The topic for conversation – the aesthetics of bygone centuries, stories and medieval style. The theme is not just painted, but as if reflected in a rectangular “openings” of wood “canvas”, creating the effect of the picture, seen in the mirror. Created by the artist View from the Past is indifferent to the present. Those captured in the wooden paintings look at our world through alienated eyes, in detached disbelief, knowing that their time is long gone, but that does not make the characters less valuable and interesting.
Russian artist Pavel Nikolaev was born on 11 April 1958, in the city of Moscow. The talented artist uses unique technology of painting on wood, which he developed himself, the same as the style of his paintings – Gothic naive. Beautiful artworks of Pavel Nikolaev were exhibited in Europe, America, South Africa, etc. Many of these works are already in private collections and galleries, both in Russia and abroad.