One might see these works of art -- when compared to their photographic
counterparts -- and assume these are Photoshop or Painter work-overs. And,
they very well may be. These days, there is a proliferation of artists
entering the market who specialize in converting photos to paintings or art.
But these are quite different. They're painted from scratch using oil on
This portrait of a young girl by Arthur Braginsky, reveals the artist's deep
study and influence from the works of the Dutch Masters* and painters like
Claude Lorraine*, and Sandro Botticelli*. He takes rather ordinary starting
images and transforms them into classic works of art.
Study his classic use of color in concert with light and shadow. Also note
his pure insight into time and place -- setting the portrait in a place that
reinforces the mood, emotions and texture of the subject.
This portrait shows how Braginsky makes all the right decisions about what
details to eliminate, which ones to exaggerate, and how to add warmth to
flesh tones. Note the original photograph he worked from, and the finished
painting. Here, you'll note the flowers have been brought forward and
emphasized -- yet much of the detail has been omitted. The handling of fine
detail, the hands, the feet, jewelery and that lovely flowing fabric of the
blouse makes this almost photographic. Such detail lets the viewer believe
that this is a real, living young woman.
Arthur has a fascination with the human body. While his extensive portfolio
is primarily nudes and portraiture, he easily handles spectacular landscapes
in the tradition of the romanesque masters. This "Landscape" reflects
handling of light, shadow, color and texture in exquisite harmony.
In this before and after, we see those values from the landscape above,
reflected in play -- yet once again Arthur has taken great liberties in
those decisions of what to modify from reality and which to keep. Again,
note the use of light sources and the transparency as light bathes the scene
in warmth. These elements along with the way he weaves the hair into the
dream-like background makes these paintings masterly.
Arthur Braginsky was born in 1965, and graduated from the art school in
1982. His exibitions have been seen all over western Europe. While browsing
his gallery, pay close attention to light sources, texture and the subtle
ways he adds a touch of fantasy to an otherwise realistic depiction of the