April 13th – May 6th 2016
Exhibition at The Cob Gallery
205 Royal College Street
London NW1 0SG
All artworks are available for purchase.
The Cob Gallery is delighted to present celebrated Russian artist Sam Kaprielov’s new exhibition ‘The Art of Thought’ on 14th April.
The show is a series of 40 oil on canvas portraits depicting renowned thinkers. They range from history’s founding Philosophers to modern day Royalty and Rock Stars.
Kaprielov suggests that the mind is the most potent tool known to mankind. Its used by the philosopher to ponder metaphysics and by the artist to create images that lead to thought and inspiration. With ‘The Art Of Thought’ he has brought these two fields of human endeavour together as friendly bedfellows.
His extraordinarily agile and, yet, very precise brushwork has conjured up on canvas a collection of some of the most influential thinkers of centuries past so that we may retain a modicum of cognition, lest we forget the contribution that these fellows have made to the development of humanity throughout history, leading us to where we are now.
Amongst the portraits of more traditional philosophers such as Plato and Socrates, Kaprielov has included a few of what he describes as ‘red herrings’, such as Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, Prince Philip and Roberto Cavalli, to name a few.
The works are straightforward painterly interpretations of likenesses found on Google, and not an attempt to visually represent philosophical concepts of the thinkers. The mono coloured canvases represent those personalities in the history of philosophy whom we know nothing about.
In most of the paintings the ice-cold precision of the philosopher’s outlook is nicely balanced out with the warmth of palette. During his formative years, Kaprielov spent countless hours in Leningrad’s Hermitage Museum contemplating somewhat yellowish old master works and came to firmly believe that a truly good oil painting should be yellow.