Tuesday, January 19, 2010

THE LIVING MASTER



Contemporary art often presents a dismal picture. Either excessively subjective or simply an exercise in bad taste, modern efforts have offered many reasons for critics to be concerned about the state of art today. But amid galleries cluttered with embalmed sheep and/or glazed garbage, art still gives signs of life. Several artists today still try to combine craftsmanship, vision and respect for the viewer in their works. Painter Igor Babailov spearheads the recent revolution to a return to an art that values centuries of meaning and tradition. Born in 1965 in the town of Glazov, Russia, Babailov began his formal training at the age of nine, the same age as Raphael. Precociously accomplished like his Renaissance forerunner, Babailov entered the elite Surikov College of Fine Arts (the school that also produced Rome's brilliant painter Natalia Tsarkova) at the age of 13 after winning a nationwide competition. He ultimately received his master's of fine arts from this world-famous school. Babailov moved to the United States almost 20 years ago where his talents did not go unnoticed. Today he is renowned as one of America's foremost portrait painters, in demand among world leaders, entertainment celebrities and CEOs.
(Elizabeth Lev at Innovative Media, Inc.)

From NY Daily News
Igor V. Babailov, M.F.A., nationally and internationally renowned portrait and figurative artist, scholar and spokesperson for the traditional school of classical art, was born on February 9, 1965 in the town of Glazov, Russia into a family of academia: his father Valery Babailov - fine artist and educator, poet, song-writer and composer and his mother Rosa Babailova - acclaimed and award-winning teacher of biology & chemistry, and a wonderful human-being. In the family of teachers, Igor and his brother Vladislav grew up in the environment of creativity and working ethics. Inspired and morally supported by his parents, Igor painted his first portrait at the age of four and began his formal art education at the age of nine. At the age of thirteen, in a nationwide competition, followed by strict and disciplined art exams, Igor Babailov was the only person out of tens of thousands of applicants to fill one opening at the most prestigious in the country Visual Art's school for gifted children - Surikov College of Fine Arts (later renamed The Moscow Academic Art Lyceum under the Russian Academy of Arts), which he graduated with Honors.
(babailov.homestead.com)


Boy with Scythe
GANDY GALLERY


Woman from India
Oil on canvas
© Studio Babailov


Golden Autumn
Oil on canvas
© Studio Babailov


Portrait of Allan Sniderman
Edwards Professor, McGill University
Completed within 3 hrs, entirely from life
Oil on canvas
© Studio Babailov


In the direct lineage, Igor Babailov inherited the tradition of his famous teachers, some of the greatest artists in the History of Art. He believes, that the true artist should be passionate and savvy in all and various genres: Portrait, Landscape, Still-life, etc. His sensitive and skillfully executed works continue the teachings of Repin, Serov, Korovinand Levitan and represent the never ending beauty of the Russian school of painting, which gave the world these and other outstanding Masters, including the great American artist James A. McNeill Whistler.
(Studio Babailov)


An old man - the veteran of both World Wars
The artist was 15 years old when he made this Life-study
Graphite pencil on paper
The Surikov Academic Art College
Russian Academy of Arts
© Studio Babailov



General David H. Petraeus
Commander - United States Central Command
© Studio Babailov



Samuel
Graphite pencil on paper
© Studio Babailov



Frank Military
Songwriters Hall of Fame
Past President of the Warner Chappel Music, Inc.
Life-time colleague and friend of Frank Sinatra
Collection:actor F.Military, Jr., Hollywood, CA
© Studio Babailov



"My Beloved Country!" ~ George Washington
Original Portrait Concept & Composition
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Museum
Mount Vernon, Virginia
© Studio Babailov


The world-famous sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) in his official statue of George Washington in Richmond, VA., according to historians captured the most accurate likeness ever created of the first American President. The NEW portrait of George Washington by Igor Babailov is based precisely on that sculptured likeness, transforming it into painting. The artist’s portrait research and references also included Houdon's preliminary sculpture studies of Washington for his official statue - his bust and the life mask at Mount Vernon, Virginia.
(russianamericanacademyofart.com)
A new project has fired the imagination of Igor Babailov. He was preparing the portrait of the first president of the United States, George Washington. "I live in this beautiful country and I have learned its history," the painter explained. "It is a part of me. I wanted to portray this great leader."
"A lot of scientific studies using modern equipment have tried to figure out what George Washington actually looked like," noted Babailov, "but Michael Novak inspired me to look at the deeper aspects of the first president. In this work I am not only trying to capture the likeness, but a new Washington as a spiritual leader, as well as military general"
The painter is working on a life size portrait stating that "George cannot be squeezed into commercial gallery size. He was more than a military and political figure but also a spiritual leader, and gifted with the extraordinary humility common to the greatest of leaders."
To model his likeness, Babailov went to Mt. Vernon to see Washington's oldest portrait, the clay bust by Jean Antoine Houdon made in 1786 as a sketch for his grand marble statue of 1791. This clay study is kept at Mt. Vernon and it is the first thing to greet visitors when they cross the threshold. "Meet the General himself," reads the sign. It is spaced at Washington's exact height so one can see how tall he was. Babailov pointed out, "It seems like he is standing right in front of you."
"Most agree that Houdon's is the closest resemblance," said the painter, "Even George himself said he was only second in likeness to the Houdon portrait, and General Lafayette, who had served under Washington in the continental army, declared, 'That is the man himself.'"
It is interesting that during this, the year of a historic election, we have one artist asking questions and presenting models of leadership, humility and spiritual authority. Babailov noted that "even though these are different times, right now we are particularly thinking about what is leadership, and Washington's qualities are as needed today as they were at the founding of this great nation."
(Elizabeth Lev at Innovative Media, Inc.)
"The variety of people I get to meet, when painting commissioned portraits, is truly fascinating! Regardless of their professional titles, names, and backgrounds, there is one thing which they all have in common - their individuality. It is beautifully unique and must be portrayed with an individual approach, through specific choice of composition, color and light. Fine Portrait painting records a person's visual memory at its best and passes it on for future generations. Ninety percent (90%) of the Metropolitan Museum's collection are commissioned portraits - we see and remember those people today the way they were painted."
(Igor V. Babailov at babailov.homestead.com)
Igor Babailov is one of the most renowned contemporary artists of the historic academic tradition. Deemed Living Master by Art Renewal Center and his contemporaries and recipient of national and international awards and honors, his paintings of world leaders, celebrities and distinguished individuals are in official public, private, corporate and museum collections, including those of President George W. Bush (Presidential Collection), former First Lady Hillary R. Clinton (Clinton Presidential Center); Supreme Court Justice, The Hon. Joseph P. Sullivan, (Supreme Court, Newe York); historic new portrait of George Washington (George Washington’s Mount Vernon Museum); Pope Benedict XVI (Vatican, Rome), Pope John Paul II (Vatican, Castelgandolfo); Nelson Mandela (Presidential Collection, SA); Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York, (Giuliani Partners, NYC); President Vladimir Putin of Russia (The Kremlin); Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, (Parliament Hill); TV celebrity Regis Philbin; actor James Gandolfini; Founder & CEO Isadore Sharp (The Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts); Dr. Wayne Streilein (Harvard University); Steinway pianist Byron Janis (Steinway Hall Museum, NYC); Maria Cooper Janis, (daughter of film star Gary Cooper), Ted Lazenby (The Board, Kennedy Center, by Presidential Appointment); portrait of sculptor - Frederick Hart (Pope John Paul II Cultural Center and Museum, Washington, DC), President Curtis Simic (Indiana University Foundation); hockey legends Bobby Hull and Vladislav Tretiak, American football stars Boomer Esiason, and Tiki Barber; Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, world-renowned film director Akira Kurosawa (Steven Spielberg’s Starlight Starbright Foundation) and others.
(babailov.homestead.com)


His Excellency V. V. Putin, The President of Russia
Oil on canvas
Kremlin (Moscow, Russian Federation)
From ARC


Portrait of Mr. Y. Fortier
Oil on canvas
Governor and CEO Hudson's Bay Company (USA)
From ARC


Portrait of Madame Lucy Vanier Vincent
Oil on canvas
Collection of Mme. Lucy Vanier Vincent (USA)
From ARC


Rudolph Guiliani
Portrait Presentation Joe DiMaggio Awards, NYC
From art.rationalmind.net







The Honorable Joseph P. Sullivan
Justice, the Appellate Division
The Supreme Court of the State of NY
Oil on canvas
Collection: The Supreme Court
Appellate Division, NY City
© Studio Babailov


Mikhail Kalashnikov, Inventor of AK-47
Collection of The Central Armed Forces Museum
Moscow, Russia
© Studio Babailov


Isadore Sharp
Founder and Chairman
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Oil on Canvas
Collection: Hq Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
© Studio Babailov


Michael Novak, Frederick Jewett Scholar
American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC
Author, Theologian
The Templeton Prize winner
Twice US Ambassador to Europe and UN
Oil on Canvas
Collection: Ave Maria University
© Studio Babailov



Dr. Robert Kimura
Leading U.S. Researcher of the Inner Ear
Boston Eye and Ear Infirmary
Oil on Canvas
© Studio Babailov


Mr. S.Dunford, CEO, Contrans Corporation
Oil on Canvas
Corporate collection
© Studio Babailov


Dr. Adelheide Gealt
Director, Indiana University Art Museum
Oil on Canvas
Collection: Indiana University Art Museum
© Studio Babailov


Mr. John Ross
CEO, Corporate Planning Associates
Oil on Canvas
Corporate collection
© Studio Babailov



Portrait of Mr. Fred 'Ted' W. Lazenby
CEO, Southlife Holding Co. (Ret.)
Oil on Canvas
© Studio Babailov


Sen. Herman Moore Jr.
North Carolina State Senator (1964-76)
Oil on Canvas
© Studio Babailov


Portrait of Bergthor Endresen, "World War II Pilot"
Royal Norwegian Air Force during World War II
Chief Pilot to the King of Norway
Commissioned by Mr. Bergthor Endresen
Oil on Canvas
Chairman and Co-founder Aerotech World Trade Corp.
© Studio Babailov


Founders of Synergistics Industries Limited
Oil on Canvas
Corporate Collection
© Studio Babailov




Byron Janis
Oil on Canvas
Collection : Steinway & Sons, New York City
© Studio Babailov


Mr. R. McGlynn
Oil on Canvas
Collection: CRM LLC
New York City
© Studio Babailov


Mr. E. Rosenthal
Oil on Canvas
Collection: CRM LLC
New York City
© Studio Babailov


Mr. G. Cramer
Oil on Canvas
Collection: CRM LLC
New York City
© Studio Babailov


Andrew C. Maracle Sr. - Mohawk Nation
Chief Advisor to the First Nations
International Speaker on Native Issues, Historian
Completed within 18 hrs of Life sittings
Oil on Canvas
Collection: Estate of the family of Andrew C. Maracle, Sr.
© Studio Babailov


Over at the Steinway Hall on West 57th Street across the street from Carnegie Hall, Byron Janis, the internationally renowned concert pianist, was feted with a birthday party (he was 73) and the unveiling of his official Steinway commissioned portrait by Igor Babailov. About a hundred people filled the two story entrance gallery of the hall, including Mr. Janis’ beautiful wife Maria Cooper Janis, as well as Chuck Scarborough, Maurice Sonnenberg, actress Patricia Neal and a man who is the great-great-grandnephew of Frederic Chopin. There were cocktails, and then the unveiling of the portrait. Maestro Janis, who is regarded as one of the greatest living interpreters of Chopin, made his professional debut at age 20 at Carnegie Hall, and has been a significant artistic presence in the world ever since. In a social situation, he appears to be very retiring man, almost painfully quiet, very soft-spoken, and while not ill-at-ease, quite diffident in bearing.
(David Patrick Columbia's NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY)
The initial meeting with the client usually takes 1 1/2 hours and is scheduled at the artist's location or the client's location. Mr. Babailov prefers to paint from sittings; however, his extensive experience in working from life allows him to achieve an outstanding lifelike portrait strictly from photos when necessary as may be the case when clients have busy schedules or with children for whom it is difficult to sit for extended periods. This may also be the case for portraits commissioned as a surprise or for posthumous portraits. At this initial meeting, the overall idea, size and location where the portrait will be hung is discussed. If photographs of the subject are required, the artist will take them at this time and as well, do pencil or charcoal character studies. Thereafter, Mr. Babailov selects the best photographs for a portrait and presents them to the client for approval. When it is necessary to work strictly from photographs, close-ups of the subject are needed as well as some informal snapshots that convey a sense of the subject's personality. Any photos provided by the client will be returned upon portrait completion. A 40% deposit is required during the preparation session, with the balance due upon acceptance of the final product. Mr. Babailov works on one assignment at a time. Normally, a period of two months is required for its completion. The artist then frames the portrait and ships or delivers it in person.
(GANDY GALLERY)
Discussing contemporary art, Babailov noted, "Most modernists talk a lot. They have complicated explanations of their philosophy and ideas; they paint their thoughts for themselves." "Painting should educate and enrich," continued the Russian artist. "Modern painting merely offers a split-second emotion: You see it, you have an instant reaction and move on. Instead, real painting can be looked at over and over again and each time it has something new." When Babailov discusses art, he uses terms like composition, tonal contrasts and chiaroscuro, the language of Raphael, Giotto and Fra Angelico, which sadly for many artists today, has gone the way of ancient Greek. Babailov anchors his artistic vision in technical skills he has been honing since the age of four. When he packs his murals with figures, he is as attentive to their arrangement as any 15th-century Florentine. His craftsmanship was so admired as to earn him a stint teaching at the Florence Academy of Art in 1999.
"Painting requires skill," Babailov emphasizes. "Photography is created by the camera, and one cannot fully control what the camera sees. So people take many photographs because several must always be discarded." Echoing the "Treatise on Painting" by Leonardo da Vinci, Babailov firmly states that "his first principle is painting from life, to look beyond the photographic image to what the subject can convey on a deeper level."
(Elizabeth Lev at Innovative Media, Inc.)
Igor Babailov's fine art education (1974-1990) belongs to the acclaimed European Academic school of art. He is a direct third generation student of such master painters as I. Repin, V. Serov, K. Korovin, V. Favorskiy and other distinguished artists and professors of Fine Art.
1990 Master of Fine Arts Degree, Surikov Academy for Fine Arts.
1983 Fine Arts Diploma and High School Diploma, Surikov College for Fine Arts.
1979 Certificate and Diploma, Preparatory School of Fine Art.




Portrait of Christy Pilkinton and The Tonal Values
Life Oil Demo by Igor Babailov
© Studio Babailov


In his fascinating and enlightening lectures and “life” portrait demonstrations, he offers deep insight and profound perspective into the moral and ethical values of classical realistic art, and their relationship to the evolution of society and humanitarian accomplishments and goals. He speaks about the thousands of his “treasured people” he has painted, and how the portrait captures the goodness of the soul in each. Mr. Babailov speaks through experience and love.
(The Harry Walker Agency)

Selected Awards & Honors:
2004 Portrait Presentation to Pope John Paul II by Papal Nuncio Luigi Ventura
2003 Portrait Presentation to Regis Philbin, New York
2003 Portrait Presentation to Yves Fortier, Chairman, Hudson’s Bay Company
2002 Portrait Presentation to President George W. Bush, The White House
2002 Portrait Presentation to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, New York
2002 Portrait Presentation to President V. Putin
2002 Portrait Presentation, the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney, House of Commons
2002 Portrait Presentation to V. Tretiak
2001 Portrait Presentation to Nelson Mandela
2001 Portrait Presentation to Prime Minister J. Chr├ętien
2001 Honorable Mention – Portrait Competition, International Artist Magazine
2001 Solo Exhibition and Launch of ‘The World of Igor Babailov’
2000 Painting Presentation, Central Armed Forces Museum
2000 Painting Presentation, Harvard University, Boston, Ma.
1999 Honorable Mention – Portrait Competition, The Artist’s Magazine
1999/98/97 Art Auction, Alzheimer Society (Benefit)
1999 Solo Exhibition, Ogilvy’s Ltd. (Benefit)
1999 Art Auction, Unicorn Children’s Foundation, Palm Beach (Benefit)
1999 Annual Exhibition of Portrait Brokers of America, Inc. (Conference)
1997 The Merit Award – “Realism “97” International Art Competition
1996 Solo Exhibition, HEIM America, Fisher Island Gallery, Florida
1995 Solo Exhibition, Metro Toronto Convention Center
1995 Art Auction, Shaw Festival (Benefit)
1994 Grand Prize Winner – American Society of Portrait Artists Intl. Competition
1993 Outstanding Achievement in Portrait Painting – National Portrait Seminar, American Artist Magazine
1993 Solo Exhibition, Portraits Inc. Montreal
1992 International Foundation for Peace Through Culture
1989 First Prize Winner – Annual Graphic Works Competition, Surikov Academy of Fine Arts
1983 A Special Recommendation to the Surikov Academy for Fine Arts from the Professors of Surikov School for Fine Arts
1989 Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
(GANDY GALLERY)



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