Russian Tigers – RAFAF February 2020
Sochi, entertainment center of the Marriott Hotel on Krasnaya Polyana
With the support of the Amur Tiger Center, an organization created by the Russian Geographical Society on the initiative of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, Volkhonka Art Project is proud to present the international Art Exhibition: Russian Tigers. There are several artists and sculptors on our planet who are literally "sick" with the beauty of this huge and rare beast. The exhibition promises to be a cultural international event and delight lovers of contemporary figurative art.
There are several artists and sculptors on our planet who are literally “sick” with the beauty of this huge and rare beast. Today we want to talk about the two main exhibitors of the Russian Tigers exhibition.
One of them is the most famous animal artist on the planet, Helmut Koller, who creates in the style of a new pop art, called Kollerism .
Helmut Koller is known for his large bright works, which are made on canvas with acrylic paints. In his art works there are always three colors and a plain background, allowing to abstract the beast from the environment. Koller’s works are in the collections of the English royal family, the Duke of Marlborough, the shareholders of Rosneft and the Azbuka Vkusa.
The artist visited Sochi in September 2019 for the international art exhibition RAFAF.
On the display of the exhibition “Russian Tigers”, a dozen of his bright wild cats will be shown.
Another famous master, the English sculptor Mark Coreth, personally visited the Amur Reserve a couple of years ago and created more than ten sculptures of Amur tigers directly from nature. After that, in his workshop in England, he created bronze sculptures of predators. By the way, his works are also in the most famous collections on the planet: the Queen of England, the Duke of Cambridge, the Sultan of Brunei, the ruling family of Dubai, Earl of Halifax, Paul Getty, Ewan McGregor, Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani and others.
Mark Coreth, who will come to Russia once again, will hold a master class at the opening of the exhibition, where he will show how to fashion an Amur tiger sculpture
The exhibition promises to be a cultural international event and delight lovers of contemporary figurative art.
Mark Coreth (born 1958) is a famous English sculptor whose work reflects his instinctive understanding of the mood of the animals he sculpts. His unusual way of working is to create a sculpture directly from his objects that live in the field. So, especially for his collection of Amur tigers, which will be presented in Sochi, he went to Siberia to study the behavior of these animals. For our exhibition, he will come to Russia again and will make a new sculpture in front of the public.
Helmut Koller (b. 1954) is an artist and photographer of Austrian descent, well known for his colorful, bold and festive paintings of animals that are collected around the world. After Koller completed his training as a photographer, he became an official photographer of the Vienna State Opera, capturing legends such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Leonard Bernstein and Rudolf Nureyev. After moving to America, since 1987, along with his first series of paintings, “Tribute to Egon Schiele,” Koller switched from photography to painting. Starting with highly expressive and erotic art inspired by Egon Schiele, in 1997 he moved on to subjects of his choice: vibrant and hyper-realistic animals.
Koller’s style, Kollerism, is defined as a realistic representation of the form and abstraction of colors.
These symbolic and surreal animal portraits are chosen by bold collectors around the world (in Asia, Europe and America) because they are attracted by this transgressive and strong spirit, which comes from a mixture of natural beauty, cultural significance attributed to the particular animal depicted and a very subjective choice of colors selected by the artist; his personal shows were recently released at the Fritz Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida (January 2019), at the Barbara von Stekhov Gallery in Frankfurt (May 2019), Monte Carlo, Sochi (September 2019) and at the gallery her Four Forty Four in San Francisco (December 2019).
In December 2019, Miami Art Summit presented Helmut Kohler with the Gritdaily Award (in the Emerging Artist of the Year nomination).