Mamuka Tskhetsladze in his Studio, Tbilisi
I came across Mamuka's studio today and found it crowded by a group of charming collectors from Paris.
Most of the new paintings are related to the poem "The knight in the Panther's skin"
by Shota Rustaveli
from the 12th century.
Mamuka was exited of a more recent personal invention, painting on dark, black-blue-greyish grounds.
As dark grounds are giving depths almost from itself.
Mamukas wife Lia Shvelidze
is a very successful painter.
This is a view in Tbilisi.
Another artist was today in Mamukas studio with a bunch of small paintings and drawings: Avto Meskhia,
he probably heard about the French comingComposition, 1996
Despite this brilliant works, Avto lives under very difficult living conditions. Luckily the French bought some of his drawings. After they left I too could not resist to buy a small collage from 1992. I was thinking, how he made in those terrible days of shootings in Tbilisi and Civil War such lighthanded works...Composition, 1992
Such a day with art and artists is always a very happy day, the smell of the paint, some red wine and good talks, you know, what I mean. Maybe this is also a strength of the good old medium Painting.
Sketches on cardboard on the walls
Labels: Neue Kunst