Shannah Bupp (portrait of Shannah Bupp by M.Yurukova), Smilyana Todorova (portrait of Smilyana Todorova by M.Yurukova) and Osaretin Ugiagbe ( portrait of Osaretin Ugiagbe by Marlena Yurukova) are young. They are artists. They have already been awarded twice by Artslant. Their art is young. Their togetherness is rooted in their young art.
Young means new, exceptional, new-born, expected eagerly by the others. Their roots are strongly bound in the tradition - Shannah's - in Egon Shiele's expressive figurative works, Smilyana's -in the innocent world of Franz Marc and Mark Chagal, and Osaretin's - in the traditional and contemporary Nigerian art (Twins Seven Seven), yet the new energy of their boughs is stronger. This young artistic energy creates distinct art works everyone would recognise as Shannah's, or Osaretin's, or Smilyana's. Unseen up to now, appearing uniquely like a new-born child, their paintings contribute the contemporary art world menaced by the mechanical repetition to become and stay young. So the art world is renewed and enlarged by Shannah Bupp's portraits of deep psychological depiction, by Osaretin's images of the universal and the eternal (She and He, Struggle, Soul, This and That world, Science, Creation, Emotions, Faces) and Smilyana's tender and poetic Night flowers , Stranger, Thinking man and horse. These images retain in viewers' memory and soul like ornaments because they are good and round like ornaments . Mikhail Vrubel regarded the good painting as an ornament . It must be like an ornament because it is a creation added to the creation, an ornament to the world, something that inspires and evokes respect and love and is memorised like a melody.
Young means light and abundant like the sun light. Full of light , painted by light and a spring of light is Smilyana's poetry in images: Flowers in the Night, Untitled 2, Untitled 1, Lonely Tree, The Eye II, The Stranger. Osaretin throws light ' on Genesis, Creature, Faces , Emotions, She, He, Scientists, This World and That World through vibrations and sparks of light. Shannah Bupp lights the obscure around her disillusioned characters so that the vital spark can be seen even in their dark eyes and exerted hands: Centipede, Lauren, Matthew, M.R, Fanuelle and the serious faces of herself and the young people she has portrayed.
Young means curious, interested in the world, generous, and empathic. Van Gogh wrote "Art is the man added to the nature" highlighting the artist's task: to be true to the world he or she is depicting. Out of their young talent, curiousity and generousity emerge the three artists' creations- true images of man and world, original pictures of universe and eternity touching the essence of life by paint or pencil touches in their own distinct painting style that they have already developed in spite of their youth. Egon Shiele said: "There is no contemporary art. There is only art, and it is eternal." And truly, it is not contemporary the art of Shannah Bupp , Osaretin Ugiagbe, and Smilyana Todorova because it is simply art in harmony with Schiele's understanding about art and eternity.
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