Nikolai Makarov (Russian b. 1952)
Acrylic on canvas laid to board
Signed to artist label (verso)
83 x 68cm (32½ x 26¾ in.)
Purchased direct from the artist in 1993 by the present owner
Nikolai Makarov, teaches us the importance of kindness and meditation, something which can be achieved through art. Makarov was born in Moscow, Russia in 1952 and lives and works in Berlin. Makarov conceals his subject matter in foggy transparent veils crossing the boundaries between fantasy and reality. The works are immersive in the way in which they create an atmosphere and illusion, drawing in the viewer as they search for the true identity of the sitter or subject matter concealed by the hazy effects.
Nikolai Makarov, founded the Museum of Stillness in Berlin. The museum was created as a site for meditation. Surrounded by the contemplative workings of Makarov's paintings he believes it is possible to connect with the spiritual aspects of the self. In the fast paced chaotic society we live in it is so important to enter into a state of silence as this silence allows for a moment of reflection and contemplation. It can be a form of medication, to free oneself from fear, self-doubt and anxiety. With our lives filled with uncertainty, especially at the moment, it is more important than ever to take a moment, take a step back and enter the silence. Makarov's work is held in collections across the globe including the Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig, Museum of Modern Art, Berlin and Arnot Art Museum in New York.
"the work of art should captivate the spectators allowing them to draw into contemplation by bringing its subject into focus within their minds and thoughts". Nikolai Makarov.
Curator's Comment I Create a calm space or a snug away from the mayhem of daily life and the screens that consume us. Combine the work with neutral colours, natural materials, and soft textures to build a space of reflection and contemplation.