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Title: A Feather
Artist: Shapkin Oleg
Size: 17x11x2.5
Size (inches): 6.75x4.25x1
Price : $3850 SOLD!


Oleg Shapkin is one of Fedoskino's most famous names. He is mentioned in almost every modern book written on Fedoskino, and he himself has written very informative articles on the subject. Also his style is recognizible! He graduated from St. Petersburg's Art Institute and before that had the privilege of being one of Gennady Larishev's student. He and his wife (who works with her maiden last name of Kareva) work in watercolor paintings, and now they are using some of the techniques in their lacquer boxes.
One of the feature of Shapkin's boxes is the ornament that you can see on this box's sides. Painted in gold it is very intricate and recognizible.
The palette is a combination of cool and earth tones in the characters and in the landscape. Shapkin puts a great concentration of detail into the costumes of the characters. There are layers upon layers of paint and lacquer that give the costumes a three dimensional appearance. The same technique has been applied while painting the golden foliage. Mother-of-pearl and gold are added to the composition for flair and to add detail. The mother-of-pearl is done so subtly that it blends with the composition as if it were part of the world within the scene.
The box is made out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior bottom, and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The lid is hinged at the top of the composition, and the box sits flat. The work is signed and dated (2010) by the artist.

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