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Vladimir Kush’ is a Russian born painter, who is identified with the metaphorical realism movement.
Born in 1965 in Moscow, he learned to draw at home and started attending an art school at the age of 7. He entered the Moscow art institute at 17, and when he went for his mandatory two years of military service at 18 was soon set to painting murals and canvases rather than regular infantry duties.
Bored with the Cézanne-style painting his art school concentrated on, Kush switched to surreal images as a teenager; he experimented with different styles of impressionism after seeing a book of Salvador Dalí’s work in the late 1980s but it didn’t appeal because shape was lost in the style. Strongly influenced by his father (a scientist), he believes that realistic paintings show the artist’s professional skill and draw the viewer in so that they accept the impossible images enough to see the metaphors in them and explore the different layers of meaning.
In 1990 he showed works in Germany together with two other Russian artists; he visited Los Angeles for a show and stayed in the United States.
Anticipation of a Night’s Shelter
Red Wood Cutting
Ripples on the Ocean
Walnut of Eden
Invitation For Lunch
Bound for Distant Shores
Arrow of Time
Eye of the Needle
Garden of Eden
Tide of Time
Our Time Together
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53 responses to “Surreal paintings of Vladimir Kush”
- 21 06 2007
- WETTTNWYLD1 (06:28:23) :
I REALLY ENJOY THIS ART
- 22 06 2007
- C.B. (20:40:03) :
wow, this is cool. Gave me some inspiration!
- 18 07 2007
- Samantha (22:37:22) :
Fantastic. Insightful. Desired! I wish I could have a print of “Ripples on the Ocean”, it would be lovely to look at, very serene yet exciting.
- 19 07 2007
- Vjktor (07:56:37) :
Very explossive, I think… And I have to say those pictures are really fantastic!!! Awesome!!! Someway, my world is like some of the pictures… so, glad to watch this .’.
- 21 07 2007
- joe (05:11:46) :
nice! thumbs up on stumble!
- 12 08 2007
- fluffygirl (06:38:13) :
Stunning and amazing! The longer I look at one, the more I see in it.
- 6 09 2007
- lia (00:26:18) :
Perfect surrealism and captured emotion… i’m in love
- 12 09 2007
- Fugdale (11:30:59) :
Such beautiful artistry. These paintings would make a great source material for a tarot deck. All the imagery and symbolism in them.
- 17 09 2007
- Connie (06:04:04) :
Vladimir’s mind is very insightful and intelligent.
- 19 09 2007
- tcicatko (17:48:16) :
wow mind opening stuff
- 27 09 2007
- Margareta (16:50:27) :
I’m full of praise, but like only to say “Thank you!”
- 27 09 2007
- montanaman4 (20:49:22) :
I’m having a hard time deciding which one I want – I better just buy them all and get a castle to hang them in – beautiful stuff
- 27 09 2007
- montanaman4 (20:50:56) :
Dream catcher – that’s the one – saw the naked lady the second time I looked at it!
- 3 10 2007
- Jorge (06:52:03) :
This is the greatest Ive seen in months or years! I deeply fell in love with Morning blossom and chess wow wow wow! You’re my idol
- 5 10 2007
- Larry (04:32:15) :
Had the chance to meet Vladimir when we were last in Maui. He is a very nice guy and went well out of his way to accommodate our son who (like his dad) fell in love with his work. You should see some of this in a gallery. His work is much more extensive than what you see here or on his website.
- 15 10 2007
- Trini (01:28:01) :
He’s my favorite artist. Thanks for posting not many people know of Vladimir.
- 26 10 2007
- Zuza Fun » Vladimir Kush sculptures (16:27:24) :
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- 28 10 2007
- neplizheart (10:55:35) :
nice art! i really enjoy.
- 3 11 2007
- Nadia (10:23:38) :
Wow, amazing paintings! Can´t find words to express my fascination.
- 5 11 2007
- Tine (01:29:56) :
Wow, i’m really amazed by these pics. Nice work mister Kush!
- 6 11 2007
- tyson (07:54:52) :
i dunno. nice technical work, but rather ‘dali-esque’ to the point of being almost boring. is this really surreal art or art to look like surreal art?
- 15 11 2007
- Babz (06:01:44) :
- 15 11 2007
- Namron (21:59:32) :
Technically fine but just a rehash of Magritte, Dali etc.imagry. The original surrealists were not sentimental ,cutesy, or corny like much of these are.
- 22 11 2007
- tyson (20:54:18) :
there also seems to be an over abundance of ‘naughty’ parts. (i posted this once before but it got removed, apparently the anatomically correct names are too taboo).
obsessive about openings. to the point of being redundant.
- 26 11 2007
- M Radha krishnan (08:30:04) :
Mindblowing creative inspirations! As I felt, Dream Tour!
- 7 12 2007
- Hexfire (22:24:36) :
These are fantastic works of art. Highly impressed by these, I think I’ll buy a print or two.
- 10 12 2007
- rob (19:12:50) :
ugh.. tyson, stop critisisng the artist unless you think you can do better!
I think this artworks brilliant.
- 19 12 2007
- onnyxx (06:21:49) :
“FABULOUS”… Contrary to what a few of you are saying, Dali would love them!
- 13 01 2008
- Serenite (06:47:24) :
Awe-inspiring…simply fantastic work. Kush is a genius.
- 13 02 2008
- take a ten strip (02:19:41) :
just take a ten strip of acid get a pint brush and a twelve pack chief….
then youre in the zone!!!!!
- 1 03 2008
- DAFNE (17:23:40) :
FaNtAsTiC! … I really like expressing emotions by this type of art. In this pictures you can see the ideal nature u can dream of.
- 6 03 2008
- Cat (23:44:30) :
great…this is the art..
- 12 04 2008
- Domonique (20:33:50) :
To dream in color would be to view Vladimir’s work. For those who critisize, you obviously lack the talent and the ability to appreciate of those who can create artwork that stir others’ imagination. You can never judge someone’s imagination or creativity, unless your that someone who created it in the first place.
- 6 05 2008
- Jenks (05:19:00) :
This work is the ultimate in the art of imagination or if you will the imagination of art. I love it keep up the outstanding work!
- 16 05 2008
- hesika (23:51:27) :
An awesome and very interesting view of the things of life. Thank your for sharing it with us all.
- 5 07 2008
- leah (03:36:13) :
the art that i saw made me look @ life in a differnt prespective!♥
- 5 07 2008
- Traveler (12:52:35) :
Great images, I just love Vladimir Kush
I was looking for art prints, too bad that most of Kush’s paintings are not available
- 23 08 2008
- kismet (04:47:33) :
great artwork, thought provoking!
- 2 09 2008
- naz (23:50:11) :
amazing..takes you to an other world
- 18 09 2008
- sheebs (18:40:26) :
i’m assuming the fans of this art enjoy other great works such as kitten calenders and artificial floral wreaths, because that is the category this art belongs in.
boring, cheesy, and irritating.
- 24 09 2008
- botsman (23:31:42) :
beautiful,beautiful and beautiful
- 11 10 2008
- princess Facen (22:15:00) :
I love his work and have several pieces. the art is very thought provoking and moving. the symbolism is fantastic. I think his surreal work is awesome. Great job and keep up the good work.
- 6 11 2008
- summaiyah (09:47:23) :
i love the surreally realist dipiction of the skies but i found the human figures disturbing…
- 13 11 2008
- Dreams (05:18:48) :
Pretty amazing. The level of detail in Vladimir’s art work speak volumes.
- 1 12 2008
- francisonline (17:24:34) :
now that’s what i call talent.
- 5 01 2009
- mandra (05:40:47) :
Wow… it really amazes me that some people can’t look at a thing of beauty and accept it as such, without degrading it by casting it as inferior… Vladimir Kush can add one more new fan today!
- 24 11 2009
- Letty (02:31:27) :
Happy to say that I’m a new owner of two of his paintings and 1 sketch. Fell in love with his work while visiting his gallery in Las Vegas Nevada. Fell in love with one of his paintings and had to have it, then wait…fell in love with one more and had to have that one too. Then couldn’t leave the sketch behind! Looking forward to seeing them hanging in my home, they’ll be arriving in a few weeks!
- 19 12 2009
- Metaman (00:41:12) :
You should see them animated! It is now available in a new DVD created by Vladimir Kush called Metaphorical Voyage. Check it out on metaphoricalvoyage.com
- 21 12 2009
- Hannah (14:04:01) :
Hi, i love Vladimir’s work they’re beautiful. But i’m always wondering. . . what does he use? Does anybody know? I look on the internet and it doesn’t tell me. I’m very curious because they look like watercolor rather than oil, or acryllic. If anyone could tell me i’d be very greatful.
- 28 12 2009
- cole (19:03:06) :
I have to agree with Tyson and Sheebs. Besides for a few aspects of these, they’re not very creative. I painted in the style of Maxfield Parish for a while, and after fighting the criticism for a while, I finally realized that my critics were right. It’s just not as impressive when you use someone else’s established style without adding your own touch. Great technique, though. Just too Dali-esque. Oh yeah, and for those of you who are up in arms against negative feedback, some artists actually appreciate it. Just because you think it’s amazing doesn’t mean that other people can’t have different opinions about it.
- 6 02 2010
- Jovan Nikolic (17:46:29) :
Fantastic pieces. One of the best Surrealism paintings I ever saw.
- 14 02 2010
- Terri LaClaire (21:19:25) :
I love the surreal work of Vladimir. My son found this site and shared with me. Being a lover of Dali whose work we had the privilage of enjoying in St Petersburg FL, he felt I would enjoy this work as well. My favorites are “Bound for Distant Shores” and Firery Dance. I would like to know where I can get prints of both.
- 21 02 2010
- Otter (04:41:02) :
nicely worded cole. while i personally disagree, to most artists, being an amateur as a Senior in High School myself, criticism is sometimes appreciated, but those who simply tear apart the art because they do not feel that aesthetics are necessary nor even like that style of art (cubism, surrealism, photo realism, etc.) at all are quite irritating, and if one is going to criticize then giving suggestions on how to improve are almost always appreciated.
i myself believe his works are amazing. i cannot think of many ways in which he can improve. his ability to paint an emotion as a poet would write about one is awe inspiring. i hope to someday be as good as him.
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