The Bird by Alexander Zakharov is a landscape print and a collection of symbols relating both to Russian folklore and to American Idealism. The printed imagery references early American painting style and features a hunting scene. The bird in the center of the print’s activity symbolizes the bluebird of happiness, which is a russian folkloric icon. The figures in the scene are pulled from Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s writings, and narrate a story on the complexities and difficulties that come into play when in pursuit of utopian ideals found in the American dream. American landscape painter Frederic Church looks down on the scene from the sky.
From the Artist:
I believe that in every one of us lives a child, and my paintings are about what that child loves and accepts. In my works, I talk to him in the language he and I can understand. Even the size of my works - it's memories of childhood, where all the important things in life can fit in a pocket or under a pillow, so that you don’t have to part with them even for a minute.
Alexander Zakharov is a painter and printmaker born in Moscow, Russia. He studied at the Academy of Art in Moscow. He was also an Artist-in-Residence at Brandywine Workshop and Archives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He has exhibited h...