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SERGEY SMIRNOV - 1953 - 2006

In 1997, Sergey Smirnov was honored as only the third living artist to have a personal exhibit in the Kremlin's Manezh, which ranks as one of the most prestigious art galleries in the world. For three weeks, people from across Russia lined up at the gallery to catch a glimpse of Smirnov's haunting, elegant art. In the same year, Smirnov exhibited at the Orlean House in London, dazzling both critics and the public with his work. Smirnov has been avidly collected throughout the world, and his art is included in several noteworthy Russian collections, including those of former Russian president Boris Yeltsin.

ORIGINAL PAINTINGS (We are open to reasonable Offers on all original paintings) - Click on picture for larger image.

Sergey Smirnov - ANASTASIA Original Oil on Canvas Painting

ANASTASIA

Oil on Canvas
Original Painting
47 x 47

This is the original painting from which the most sought after limited edition print was created! This is one of two of Smirnov's most famous works!!!

Current listed price $250,000

Our price to you $165,700

 

 

Sergey Smirnov - MASQUERADE Original Oil on Canvas Painting

MASQUERADE (MEETING)

Oil on Canvas
Original Painting
41 x 28

This is the original painting from which the most sought after limited edition print was created! This is one of two of Smirnov's most famous works!!!

Current listed price $250,000

Our price to you $165,700

 

 

Sergey Smirnov - MOON OVER THE HUDSON Original Oil on Canvas Painting

MOON OVER THE HUDSON

Oil on Linen
Original Painting
35.5 x 23.5

This painting was created in homage to New York and 9/11.

Current listed price $140,000

Our price to you $65,700

 

 

Sergey Smirnov - LARA Original Oil on Canvas PaintingSergey Smirnov - LARA Original Oil on Canvas Painting

LARA

Oil on Canvas
Original Painting
39.5 x 27.5

This is the original painting from which the well know limited edition print was created!!!

Current listed price $215,000

Our price to you $89,500

 

 

Sergey Smirnov - WHITE SYMPHONY Original Oil on Canvas Painting

WHITE SYMPHONY

Oil on Linen
Original Painting
27.5 x 15.75

Current listed price $120,000

Our price to you $33,500

 

 

Sergey Smirnov - WORLD OF DREAM Original Oil on Canvas Painting

WORLD OF DREAMS

Oil on Linen
Original Painting
39.5 x 29.5

Sergey Smirnov commented that this was one of his 2 favorite paintings that he ever created!

Current listed price $215,000

Our price to you $89,500

Please contact us for additional images. The detail in this painting are absolutely stunning!

Sergey Smirnov - FAVORITE BALL Original Oil on Canvas Painting

FAVORITE BALL

Oil on Canvas
Original Painting
31.5 x 20

Current listed price $95,000

Our price to you $26,500

Sergey Smirnov - GIFTS OF FALL Original Oil on Canvas Painting

GIFTS OF FALL

Oil on Canvas
Original Painting
42 x 36

Current listed price $145,000

Our price to you $26,500

Sergey Smirnov - PEARL Original Oil on Canvas Painting

PEARL

Oil on Linen
Original Painting
17.5 x 13.5

Current listed price $75,000

Our price to you $19,700

 

Sergey Smirnov - TCHAIKOVSKY Original Oil on Canvas Painting

TCHAIKOVSKY

Oil on Canvas
Original Painting
31 x 39

This is the original painting from which the well know limited edition print was created!!!

Call for special pricing!

 

 

Sergey Smirnov - Cup of Coffee Original Oil on Linen Painting

CUP OF COFFEE

Oil on Linen
Original Painting
31.5 x 23.5
2003

Current listed price $135,000

Our price to you $89,500

Sergey Smirnov - The Gambler II Original Oil on Linen Painting

THE GAMBLER II

Oil on Linen
Original Painting
31.5 x 27.75
2003

It has been reported to us that Gorbechov has the Gambler I.

Current listed price $135,000

Our price to you $89,500

Sergey Smirnov - Portrait of a Victorian Lady Original Oil on Board Painting Sergey Smirnov - COLUMBINA Original Oil on Board Painting

PORTRAIT OF VICTORIAN LADY

Oil Pastel on Paper
Original Painting
18.5 x 13

This was the last work ever created by Sergey Smirnov. It was the preliminary sketch for his next original painting.

Current listed price $35,000

Our price to you $8500

Sergey Smirnov - COLUMBINA Original Oil on Board Painting

COLUMBINA

Oil on Board
Original Painting
24.75 x 17.75

Current listed price $60,000

Our price to you $8950

Sergey Smirnov - REFLECTION Original Pastel on Paper Painting

REFLECTION

Pastel on Paper
Original Painting
16 x 11

Current listed price $50,000

Our price to you $5500

Sergey Smirnov - BOUQUET Original Oil on Canvas Painting

BOUQUET

Oil on Canvas
Original Painting
35 x 31

Current listed price $145,000

Our price to you $59,000!

Sergey Smirnov - Girl Original Oil on Linen Painting Sergey Smirnov - Boy Original Oil on Linen Painting

GIRL AND BOY

Oil on Linen
Original Painting
25 x 15 each

Current listed price $85,000 each

Our price to you $52,500 each!

Sergey Smirnov - Summer Hat Original Oil on Canvas Painting

 

SUMMER AFTERNOON

Mixed Media on Paper
Original Painting
16 x 24

Our price to you $19,500

Sergey Smirnov - UNICORN Original Oil on Canvas Painting

UNICORN

Oil on Linen
Original Painting
40 x 32

Current listed price $195,000

Our price to you $59,000

Please contact us for additional images. The detail in this painting are absolutely stunning!

Sergey Smirnov - Venice Original Oil on Canvas Painting

 

VENICE

Oil on Canvas
Original Painting
35.6 x 27.5

Current listed price $115,000

Our price to you $32,000

 

 

LIMITED EDITION PRINTS - Click on picture for larger image.
Sergey Smirnov - Masquerade

MASQUERADE

2002 print with silk screen
and texture on canvas,
30" high x 40" wide

Regular edition of 195

SOLD OUT Edition
We have edition 1/195 left!!!
current retail $12,500
Call for special pricing!

Sergey Smirnov - Lara limited edition print

Sergey Smirnov

LARA

2005 print with silk screen
and texture on canvas,
35" high x 25" wide

Regular edition of 195

SOLD OUT Edition
We have edition 1/195 left!!!
current retail $12,500
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Tchaicovsky - Sergey Smirnov

Sergey Smirnov

TCHAIKOVSKY

2004 print with silk screen
and texture on canvas,
29.5" high x 40" wide

SOLD OUT Edition
We have edition 1/195 left!!!
current retail $10,500
Call for special pricing!

Sergey Smirnov - Scheherazade limited edition print

Sergey Smirnov

SCHEHEREZADE

print with silk screen
and texture on canvas,
35" high x 25" wide

Regular edition of 195

SOLD OUT Edition
We have edition 1/195 left!!!
current retail $10,500
Call for special pricing!

 

Sergey Smirnov - natalia limited edition print

Sergey Smirnov

NATALIA

print with silk screen
and texture on canvas,
17" high x 13.3" wide

Regular edition of 195

SOLD OUT Edition
We have edition 1/195 left!!!
current retail $5,500
Call for special pricing!

 

Sergey Smirnov - tamara limited edition print

Sergey Smirnov

TAMARA

print with silk screen
and texture on canvas,
17" high x 13.3" wide

Regular edition of 195

SOLD OUT Edition
We have edition 1/195 left!!!
current retail $5,500
Call for special pricing!

 

Catherine the Great - Sergey Smirnov

Sergey Smirnov

CATHERINE THE GREAT

2002 print with silk screen
and texture on canvas,
40" high x 32.5" wide

Regular edition of 195

Peter the Great - Sergey Smirnov

Sergey Smirnov

PETER THE GREAT

2004 print with silk screen
and texture on canvas,
36" high x 36" wide

Regular edition of 195

 

Baroness - Sergey Smirnov

Sergey Smirnov

BARONESS

2002 print with silk screen
and texture on canvas,
28" high x 24" wide

Regular edition of 195

    SERGEY SMIRNOV - 1953-2006 - BIO

There is Something of the Saints in Smirnov's Art

Sergey Smirnov's subjects look out from the picture plane with serene and liquid eyes. Their features are delicate, pale, and fine. They seem pensive, or perhaps they simply remain aloof from the comings and goings of the world around them. In every case, their eyes dominate the canvas of their face. If, indeed, the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the souls Sergey Smirnov reveals are deep and profound, and in their simplicity, reminiscent of the haunting and beautiful images found in old Russian church iconography.

There is something of the saints in Sergey Smirnov's art, something of the world and its joys and sorrows is in his eloquent and mute figures. To know the steps Smirnov has taken on his journey as an artist is to understand the evolution of his sentiment and style.

Master of the Art of Painting Icons

Sergey Smirnov was born in 1953, in an area of Russia bordering the Pacific Ocean known as the Kamchatka Peninsula. His father was an army officer who moved his family from base to base throughout Russia. In his late teen years, Smirnov and his family settled in Moscow, where he went to work for the Ministry of Agriculture.

In 1979, Sergey Smirnov began to take classes at the Moscow City Art College. He graduated from the art college in 1983 as class valedictorian, with a master's degree in art. His remarkable skill in church and cathedral renovation, led to a prestigious position as a restorer of aging and antique church icons and frescoes. Two years later, he began painting icons--a long-standing tradition among Russia's artists--and his work now graces several major churches throughout the country.

Free to Paint

Starting in 1991, Sergey Smirnov designed and developed logos and graphics for a wide variety of Russian corporations, winning countless national and international awards for his work. He also served as chief editor for the Advertising and Image Creation Corporation of the Russian government's International Trade Corporation. But in 1994 this spirit moved him to devote himself entirely to painting.

The Old Argument for Oil on Canvas

Sergey Smirnov set up his atelier, choosing oil on canvas as his preferred medium. Oil paint is more "natural" than acrylic in tone and saturation. Oils have a translucent quality, that allows the artist to achieve subtler variations in hue through mixing and layering. Also, oil paint takes much to dry than acrylic paint, and there is greater malleability with the medium. The layers and the colors can be blended and manipulated over a much longer period of time.

Painting "Persona" or Masks

Sergey Smirnov's works have a subtle, jewel-like quality in both line and tone. There is a precision to each silhouette and to every feature of the faces he depicts that is reminiscent of the sharpness of the facets of a cut gemstone. The colors Smirnov uses bring to mind semiprecious stones: carnelian reds, moss agate greens, the browns of smoky quartz, the yellows of topaz and citrine, the purples of amethyst and tanzanite. The backgrounds Smirnov selects for his portraits are rich and textured, rippling with minute variations in hue and saturation.

In looking at Sergey Smirnov's art, one can easily appreciate that Smirnov ranks Gustav Klimt, the Austrian painter whose images were a cornerstone of the art nouveau movement, as an important influence. He also cites Modigliani and Rembrandt as major influences, as well as Andrei Rublev and Pheophan Grek, who were celebrated masters of Slavic icon painting. Smirnov's style has echoes of his favorite period of Russian art, known as "parsuna," which bridged the worlds of religious and personal portraiture, as Russian painters began adopting the portrait painting styles of Western European salons. "Parsuna," which is derived from the Latin persona, means mask, and the hybrid imagery, first used in the 17th century, remains in play to this day in the art of Sergey Smirnov.

A Modern Day Russian Icon

In 1997, Sergey Smirnov was honored as only the third living artist to have a personal exhibit in the Kremlin's Manezh, which ranks as one of the most prestigious art galleries in the world. For three weeks, people from across Russia lined up at the gallery to catch a glimpse of Smirnov's haunting, elegant art. In the same year, Smirnov exhibited at the Orlean House in London, dazzling both critics and the public with his work. Smirnov has been avidly collected throughout the world, and his art is included in several noteworthy Russian collections, including those of former Russian president Boris Yeltsin, former prime minister Victor Chernomirdin, leading business leader and presidential adviser Boris Berezovsky, Minister of Transportation Sergey Frank, and Minister of Defense Marshall Shaposhnicov

Sergey Smirnov passed away November 8, 2006 while in the United States for an exhibition at Fingerhut Galleries.


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