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Art critic Valentin Skurlov on creativity of stone-cutting artist Dmitriy Emelyanenko

19.06.2011 | News

Only in the last 20 years, artists with high craftsmanship came in stone carving art. If we consider the place of Dmitriy Emelyanenko in a regional aspect, then he, in the Urals, is one of the gifted. The creative style of Emelyanenko is recognizable in the all-Russian and international context. His things are the coveted objects of collections in Russia and abroad.

In 2010, 25 years passed after the graduation of D. Emelyanenko of Art School No. 42, where he received the specialty of “stone carver”. The highest stone-cutting technology of the master is unconditionally felt. The influence of senior comrade Anatoly Zhukov, with whom Dmitriy worked in the same workshop (in 2001), is also noticeable. Such intersecting contacts are very useful for masters and generally increase the creative potential of the Ural school.

Dmitriy, unlike many of his conscientious carvers – fellow countrymen, as well artist. He developed his own style, laconic, built on contrasts (white – black, stand and subject), which can be defined as a “realistic avant-garde”.

Gemstone carving artwork "Snail" by Dmitriy Emelyanenko
Gemstone carving artwork “Snail” by Dmitriy Emelyanenko
Stone carving work Hippo by stone carver artist Dmitriy Emelyanenko
Stone carving work Hippo by stone carver artist Dmitriy Emelyanenko

The brilliant object “from Emelyanenko” in the collection is gemstone carving artwork “Snail”. Even Faberge and Denisov-Uralsky do not have such a memorable “Snail” in technical performance and “supply” of stone. The artist owns the techniques of the golden section, perfectly places objects on a pedestal. So his pedestal under the Rock crystal cutting artwork “Hippo” resembles the Shekhtelev pedestal under the famous monument to Alexander III by Paolo Trubetsogo. It is unlikely that Dmitriy Emelyanenko thought about this masterpiece of Russian sculpture when he was creating “Hippo”, but since the laws of aesthetics are the same, he got to the point.

The author can execute classic blocked multi-stone figures. The author is not afraid of relatively large sizes. His stone carving artwork “Dachshund” is not so small for small plasticity, but in large sizes there is a danger of discovering flaws in stone processing, which the author brilliantly avoided.

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