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APOCRYPHA OF ARINA
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The word "apocrypha" was first applied to writings which were kept secret because they were the vehicles of esoteric knowledge considered too profound or too sacred to be disclosed to anyone other than the initiated (Wikipedia)


...I feel that with this series there will be a lifetime of ferreting out the arcane messages couched in some superbly crafted paintings and hints at that Russia that Winston Churchill described as: " A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma".
I'm ready to start. ...I personally feel as if I could take the two hands in mine and sense their surface skin and the musculature underneath; in the way that the blind are often able to 'see' an object by touch.

Essay on Apocrypha by Dusty Pendleton, Artist, Writer, 2015, USA
(The full essay is below)






















Apocrypha of ARINA-3 (from series 'Apocrypha of ARINA')
Oil on canvas, 100 x 185 cm, 2016



















































Apocrypha of ARINA-3 (central piece of triptych)
Oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm, 2016



































































Apocrypha of ARINA-3 (part of triptych)
Oil on canvas, 100 x 55 cm, 2016































Apocrypha of ARINA-2 (from series 'Apocrypha of ARINA')
Oil on canvas, 100 x 130 cm
















































Apocrypha of ARINA-2 (part of diptych)
Oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm, 2015






























































Apocrypha of ARINA-2 (part of diptych)
Oil on canvas, 100 x 55 cm, 2015





























Apocrypha of ARINA -1 (from the series 'Apocrypha of ARINA')
Oil on canvas, 100 x 130 cm, 2014















































Apocrypha of ARINA -1, (part of diptych)
Oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm





























































Apocrypha of ARINA -1, (part of diptych)
Oil on canvas, 100 x 55 cm






Essay on Apocrypha by Dusty Pendleton (Artist, Writer), 2015, USA

When I began my journey into Art, that is, the art that comes after the 'how to draw and paint' efforts, I was led to John Graham, the author of SYSTEM & DIALECTICS OF ART. In that book I found works like "Venera Lucifera" and "Pinxit in Inferno"; works that showed symbols that could have led to a greater understanding but were indecipherable to me, partly due to my own ignorance and partly due to Graham's seemingly haphazard use of symbols.

Moreover, many of his works were centered around a bust portrait but the figures featured drifting eyes, sometimes without pupils and always devoid of expressions that might serve as clues to their demeanor. Now, here is the work of another incredible Russian ex-patriot; only, with these works comes a clearer, more concise view of the symbols and a subject that, even if she remains inscrutable, offers clues that John Graham's clumsy drawing efforts couldn't.

I feel that with this series there will be a lifetime of ferreting out the arcane messages couched in some superbly crafted paintings and hints at that Russia that Winston Churchill described as: " A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma". I'm ready to start.

Now, we're treated to an even more intimate exchange with the woman in the red turban. ARINA has painted her so that she appears to be coming through the arch and into our environment and accompanying her movement with a flute. The music must be imagined but there is a page of illustrated text that seems to explain the music in a way that is both mystifying as well as intriguing. We are doomed to silence and perhaps to never fully knowing what is on the left of this work but the figure is so perfectly rendered that we can't possibly care as the silence isn't a threat in any way.

I personally feel as if I could take the two hands in mine and sense their surface skin and the musculature underneath; in the way that the blind are often able to 'see' an object by touch...







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Photographs of paintings by Alexey Moskvin

















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