Vladimir Kush - Hand Signed Limited Editions
Love has long been associated with the private garden, protected from view by trees or mountains. It is the concept of the Garden of Eden, connected with the images of Adam and Eve in the Christian culture … Shiva and Parvati, in India ... The dominant blue colors of the painting symbolize the sky, infinity, and a peaceful and spiritual life. The blue petals resemble feathers, which are associated with the image of the "Blue Bird” that brings happiness and good fortune, according to many world cultures. The title of the painting relates to Ernest Hemingway's famous novel, "Across the River and into the Trees," released in 1950. The book tells of the last love of Colonel Richard Cantwell. Like many other works of the writer, the novel includes many autobiographical episodes and stories.
Moving apart and coming together, two blades of a pair of scissors are the symbol of the union of a man and a woman, now meeting in love, now parting in quarrel. One of the characters of the comedy, “Merry Wives of Windsor,” by Shakespeare says, “I will marry her, sir, at your request; but if there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married and have more occasion to know one another; I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt: but if you say, ‘Marry her,’ I will marry her; that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely.” (Act I, Scene i.) This pendulum of feelings can develop into a furious dance of a steel pair, leaving behind them stacks of cut love letters.
9" x 12" Symbolism of the work is quite transparent: The human ascending and reaching the ideal, and cognition of his spirit represented by walking up the stairs. The pages of the symbolic book are the stages of his spirit. The bird's feather and the flight of Icarus illustrate the idea of the flight of human mind and spirit. The idea of self-cognition comes also from Leonardo da Vinci's drawing, Vitruvian Man. According to Leonardo's description, the drawing was created to determine the p
11" x 14" The Book is a symbol of divine revelation. On the XI century Greek mosaic, the Christ is represented, holding in his hands the Bible. As asserts Jorge Luis Borges in Letters of God, any book is a ramified labyrinth where it is always possible to encounter the Book of Books. Translucent, nacreous colors emphasize the virgin purity of Mary, holding baby Jesus. The wings of the butterfly behind her personify the soul, aspiring to the blue skies.
12" x 15"
30.5" x 38" Hawaii is a special destination in the artist’s journey. It is his “promised land,” his mooring “haven.” It was here that his palette gained purity and illumination and his childhood dreams came true. Hawaii and whales are inseparable. The whale substantiates the ancient myth about the existence of the giant fish in the seas, the Leviathan. Before there were humans on the planet, sea life flourished and water fountains spewed above the surface of the ancient world’s waters. Whales, surfacing on the ocean, appear as if they are emerging from our subconscious mind. Their leaps above the water always evoke surprise and delight.
14" x 11"
The eternal love of a man towards a woman is the game of the magnificent rose and enigmatic daisy in the winter evening. The Rose is a symbol of romantic love and the heart. The spiral twist of its petals represents the energy of both masculine and feminine origin, the Yin and the Yang. The candle is symbolic of the lonely trembling human soul, thirsty for love. The world of the painting is divided into two spaces by the window. The outside space is painted in cooler tones, while the interior reflects the warmth of the living space. The “key moment” here is the game, “He comes to me, he comes to me not.” Only in the first case will they reunite for the waiting rose! This is why waiting is so anxious.
29" x 39" The National Library in Vienna contains a miniature edition of the Holy Bible where God, the Lord of Sabbath, is depicted as the Architect who draws the boundaries of the future Earth in cosmic space by means of a pair of compasses. This served as the basis for the paintings, “Newton” and “The Hand of the Lord,” by William Blake, an English mystic, poet, and artist. In these pieces, Blake illustrates the creation of our world by the Lord-Geometrician. In this painting, the artist shows us the boundaries of the Earth’s night. Two conical bundles are defined by the illumination of the Moon. This is the viewpoint of an observer, high above the Earth in the Cosmos. A romantic mood is created by the artist, conveyed by the night voyage of the sailboat around the globe.
43" x 27" Rows of Palm Trees create the arches of the Palace on the Edge of the Great Desert. The only inhabitant of the Palace is the Last Guardian, who belonged to the ancient tribe of the Star Gazers and Astrologists. Once in 1001 nights, an unearthly, yellowish-green light, the aura of a Higher Power, illuminates the labyrinths of an ancient temple. The Last Custodian walks through the solemn rows of palm pillars and opens the Doors of the Night. The light of constellations purifies his mind and senses. He ascends the steps of perception, symbolized by the shadows of palms below. He talks to the sky, reads it's letters and gives names to the constellations. The man feels his unity with the Cosmos. One more step, and the mystery of Creation will be open to him. He knows that “if the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite" (William Blake)