If anyone can see Mykhailo Tomasik’s work once, it is impossible to forget it. The young Ukrainian artist from Simferopol produces artwork that is distinctive yet indicative of Ukrainian visual arts.
The texture on Tomasik’s paintings creates a certain amount of volume and noise on two-dimensional surfaces. He also uses an artistic device depicting the unity of opposites. The artist “locks” his characters, while holding them in their space and limits their scope in the picture. At the same time, he pushes his characters and the viewer into a different space, the space of the observer. Therefore, the viewer clashes head-on with moving wheels and carts. This creates a single personal plot where the viewer becomes a co-creator of a never-to-be repeated, unique artistic performance.
And if one sees the influence of symbolist painter Gustav Klimt in Tomasik’s “I – Carry” project, a kind of philosophical story of human life, then in his other works, they are saturated and permeated with symbolic realism appealing to different technical methods, while constantly looking to strengthen internal dramatic works.
This is the stained glass technique of “Waste Collection.” It is similar to using Warhol revolution stylistics of diptych in “The Abduction of Europa,” the pioneering work in composition. It is the first time in art, as is known, depicting Zeus and Europa separated and self-reliant. The artist destroys the established tradition of the mythological perception of the story. Instead he shows us the beauty of Europa, her acceptance of what happened, and the divine power of Zeus. The piece achieves the effect of movement and emotional tension through the use of vibrant bursts of sharp color against a dark background.
The eclecticism in Tomasik’s work does not hinder its message, quite the opposite. It strengthens the strong emotions that the artist wants to communicate. Movement is present in all of his works, involuntarily drawing us to speak of it in terms of metaphors. For example, the wheel is an objective image, but it is also deeply semantic and symbolic in detail. The wheel can be part of a cart or it can be samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound, setting the rhythm of eternity. And color, his use of twenty-first century neon color, like a flash of consciousness, shouts to us, “Wake Up! Think! Realize! Take action! And, live!”
His ornamental style, his use of symbols and color manifestations like the best pop artists, along with his deep philosophy, is what distinguishes the work of artist Mykhailo Tomasik.
The artist’s canvases are unlimited with creativity, as an abundance of feelings and emotions often require other means of self-expression, including, although rare today, the genre of miniature objets d’art. Talented, creative people view the world through images, representations of the external form of a person or thing. They not only create a collection of figurines, for example, but also attach stories to them, bringing these objects to life. In his day, jeweler Carl Faberge was known for hidden compartments in his work, designed so when turned or opened the piece could still stand by itself. The hidden compartment located in one single area but supported by three points, preserved the sculpture’s aesthetics. The craftsmen at the classic jewelry house “Lobortas” produces a series of zodiac stamps, developed with the help of Mykhailo Tomasik, jeweled in silver with diamonds and set on jade stands. Not only a work of art, each stamp is created to bring good fortune into one’s life, like a talisman promising success and loyalty, while filling one’s interior space with elegance and luxury using common business instruments.
In conclusion, a simple observation to be noted: Almost a year’s worth of work goes into such invaluable creations that may change the world of contemporary art of jewelry. Yet in 2016, two pieces, “Don Quixote” and the “Jester,” will be presented to specialists and expert jewelers. This certainly seems like a major advancement, an art revolution, thanks to the craftsmen and artisans at “Lobortas,” along with one of their leading creative contributors – Mykhailo Tomasik.
Photo by Vladyslav Filin.
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