As a longtime car and motorcycle enthusiast, Chris O’Rourke’s journey from metal fabricator to sculpture artist is a shining example of how materials typically reserved for mechanical applications are equally suited to art when in the right hands. In this two-part series, WAN has the pleasure of interviewing a unique artist whose pursuit of perfection has resulted in his work being highly valuated in the art world.
Everyone has different preconditions, but there is only one way to become an artist, painter, or what you are dreaming of, and that is to start. You have to start to do the thing you want to do, and to become who you want to be. Put yourself out there, don’t strive for perfection, strive for progress. One day at a time, do something small to build on your dream of becoming an art entrepreneur. If you have to do other things to get going, or work part time for a while at the same time, see that as an opportunity. Life is not one page; you are writing a certain chapter at this moment, but that includes a lot, so don’t add limitations to your life when they actually don’t exist.
Czeslaw Znamierowski, an artist who died forty years ago, is gaining fame in the 21st century. His artwork recently sold for $120,000 in China, setting a personal record.
Znamerovsky’s paintings began to be bought up by oriental auctions, galleries and collectors, according to the Chinese news agencies.
In a relatively short time, the cost of Cheslav Znamerovsky’s paintings increased from several hundred to tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
I had ignored my talent of painting for years. Perhaps it might have been hidden for a reason and revealed at a time like this. Sometimes life takes you on a journey, so you will evolve and have different experiences getting you ready for your bigger future.
My journey as an artist and painter started in late 2019. I was inspired to draw more and more. It was a powerful, intuitive feeling. I couldn’t ignore it. Then I went to buy the painting material to get started, and once I had done the first oil painting, I knew this is it, it is my gift, and it is my passion. I do believe as humans–we are capable of a lot. And to paint is one skill I want to develop as much as I can, even if it’s not the only thing I have the talent to do.
“For him there were no boundaries between nationalities. He readily made friends with the natives of any country…. He was no stranger to Latvians, Lithuanians, Jews, Tatars, Karaites, Russians. He was ready to help everyone if possible.”
At a time of great division in the Eastern European community a lesson in multiculturalism, unity and brotherhood can be learned from an unusual person, a Soviet Lithuanian artist Czeslaw Znamierowski (23 May 1890 – 9 August 1977). He was born in Imperial Russia on Latvian territory into a Polish family. At the age of 32 he became a citizen of the Soviet Union and soon after moved permanently to Lithuania, where he lived until his last day.
Although lately Western scholars have begun to pay attention to various manifestations of the rise of ethnic Russian nationalism as distinct from official “Soviet patriotism” they have virtually ignored the phenomenon of Il’ia Glazunov, a Soviet painter who is also a foremost protagonist of that nationalism. The chief reason for this lack of scholarly interest lies in the fact that not only has Glazunov been a controversial figure but he was also accused of Russian chauvinism, anti-Semitism, and of being a KGB agent.
When I first learned that Saudi Arabia is purchasing the only self-portrait of Benvenuto Cellini for €107 million I was immediately intrigued by the sum. As a financial analyst I am interested in numbers, and especially pricing, so I decided to examine all available publications in order to create a price-timeline for this portrait.