THOUGHTS ON PAINTING
Irises are rich in ancient symbolism, and the two colors of irises depicted in the Irises painting are a blend of one's determination to move past the fear of death. The purple iris has long since been a symbol of death in a way, as, according to Greek mythology, these irises were placed upon the graves of women in order to help summon the goddess Iris to lead them on their journey from the physical world to the ethereal. The yellow iris represents the courage that one might take in the face of death, allowing them to make the transition from one life to the next as peaceful as possible.
GETTING TO KNOW IVAN BALYASNIKOV
Born in the year 1990, Ivan Balyasnikov is a Ukranian artist that uses both the skill and technique he was taught in school in harmony with the ones he picked up and developed on his own as he grew up. He went to an art school that he graduated from in the year 2004. He also attended the Crimean Art College by Smokish in the year 2008, and using that knowledge plus what was learned from famous artist Boris Zavalnuk, Ivan Balyasnikov was able to create his own style and begin creating pieces that are unique to only him.