Multifigurative Narrative Painting – The Art Students League

Multifigurative Narrative Painting

Leonid Gervits

Leonid Gervits

Workshop Description

March 19-23
Monday – Friday, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fee: $450
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list upon registration

Multi-figure narrative painting is the most popular genre in the art history (besides portraiture). Since ancient times, presenting stories and composing certain ideas or feelings was the hardest professional task by the artists of all many centuries. Depictions of everyday life of a human society, telling a Bible story, expressing mutual concerns and happiness–these are the goals of this genre. In the given workshop students will explore step-by-step process of creating compositions which include two or more participants. The instructor will discuss a number of ideas in order to choose the one most attractive and compositionally expressive design. This is followed by black-and-white as well as color sketches. Final “product” could be made by verity of materials–from regular drawing to oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, ink or even marker pencil. Artistic freedom and intent narrative thinking are our priorities.

About the Instructor

“It is wonderful that figurative realist painting is alive and thriving despite the introduction of photography over 150 years ago. To me, this proves that an artist’s hand and soul, along with his eagle eye, cannot be replaced by a machine. The vibration of the artist’s heart and his unique skills are the most valuable and exciting part of realist painting,” says Leonid Gervits.

Mr. Gervits graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts, Repin Institute, in St. Petersburg, Russia, where his mastery of art was honed by deep-rooted European traditions of figurative art. After postgraduate studies, he became a professor at the Repin Institute of the National Academy of Fine Arts. In 1991, Mr. Gervits moved to the United States.

He has exhibited widely around the world, from Japan to Spain, and has had one-man exhibitions at Princeton University; the Dow Jones Gallery; Medici House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland; 1100 Madison Gallery, New York City; the Pushkin Museum, Odessa, Ukraine; the Pushkin Preserve– Museum in Pskov region, Russia; the Santa Fe Fine Arts Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; and the Tiroche Auction House, Herzliya, Israel.

Mr. Gervits’s work is in numerous private and international collections in France, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Japan, and the United States. His work is also in many public collections, including the Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University; the National Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg; the State Art Museum and the Pushkin Museum, both in Odessa, Ukraine; the Pushkin Preserve–Museum in Pskov region, Russia; and other museums in Russia and Ukraine.

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