Café in Red, Paris
20 x 16 in.
Watercolor on w/board, varnished (no glass required for framing)
$3400 available from the artist
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Yeliseyev Studio Open Doors – April 8, 1-4pm
Quick Draw “Sailing with the Paint Brush” – Judge, Sarasota, FL April 18
Olmsted Plein Air Invitational – Atlanta, GA April 21-29
Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational – Apalachicola, FL May 4-13
Cashiers Plein Air Festival – Cashiers, NC July 18-22
Mountain Maryland Plein Air – Judge, Cumberland, MD September 24-30
Regular visits to Paris in recent years have inspired Florida-based Russian watercolor artist Vladislav (Vlad) Yeliseyev to paint an ongoing collection titled Red Paris Awnings. The series of watercolor paintings reflect the vibrant city with busy everyday life, countless cafes, bustling street traffic, and ever-present parade of pedestrians.
“My inspiration comes from the unity I find in the scenery. I see a balance between textures, shadow and light, and a color harmony among the different elements of the landscape. I try to concentrate more on powerful brushstrokes, loose color passages and well-edited calligraphy. These three technical areas combined fully deliver the look I’m striving for,” explains Vlad.
Paris, as other big cities, has its own unique features which fascinate artists from all over the world. The scenes with red awnings are unmistakably Parisian and give the city a splash of powerful color which, along with its streetlights, trees and bollards are very attractive to visitors. Paintings from the Red Paris Awnings series are private collections worldwide. The very first painting of the collection, Royal Opera Café, is featured on the cover of Watercolor Artist Magazine.
“Every painting is like a poetry, the fewer words wasted, the more powerful the message it conveys,” says Vlad.
This philosophy direct translates to his work in bold and energetic brushwork. As a result, even the most complex sceneries still give the impression of easiness and fluidity with which they were painted. One can almost touch the walls and feel the rough stones warmed by the sun. A love of classical music leads Vladislav to adding a poetic touch to the the objects his work depicts.
A Russian émigré, Vlad came to the United States in the 1980s equipped with a classical art education from Moscow School of Art and a Master’s Degree in architecture. Now he is a signature Member of American Impressionist Society and National Watercolor Society. His work is in private and corporate collections and galleries worldwide.
Vlad’s most recent awards are the Mountain Maryland Paint Out Best of Show Award in 2016 and 2017, Bold Brush Outstanding Watercolor Award in March and September 2017, Florida Watercolor Society First Place 2017, Adirondack Plein Air First Place Award 2017. Extensive articles about his unique methods of work were in Watercolor Artist, PleinAir Magazine, and in the March 2018 issue of The Art of Watercolour.
Lately Vlad travels extensively to give workshops and paint at the invitational events. He can find intriguing and rich landscapes life just about everywhere. Chinese Yunnan south villages, French provincial towns with rich stone textures or Italian country landscapes steeped in history are prime suspects:
“I’m really motivated by locations which offer a unique authentic view of the local landscape and way of life.”
Vlad is an invited artist and judge to many national events across the country. He is an avid traveler and a popular instructor with the classical approach to teaching. Traveling the world allows Vladislav to see his subjects from different cultural and emotional angles. Born and educated in Moscow, he is knowledgeable of local traditions and culture. This summer he invites painters and collectors to join him to experience a cultural exploration of the Russian Landscape and Italian Escapade in Umbria. For 2019 Vladislav invites you to join him in Spain and Croatia.
Vladislav is represented by:
LePrince Fine Art Gallery Charleston, SC
Stakenborg Fine Art Gallery Sarasota, FL
Susan Powell Fine Art Madison, CT
Troika Gallery Easton, MD
Galleria Silecchia Sarasota, FL