35 New Images Of Figures From Classical Paintings Blended With Contemporary Environments By Alexey KondakovInterview With Artist
Alexey Kondakov is a contemporary Ukrainian artist known for his unique style of art, which often involves blending figures from historical artworks with the hustle and bustle of our modern urban environments. He gained popularity for his "Art History in Contemporary Life" series, where he takes characters and elements from classical paintings and seamlessly integrates them into contemporary scenes. The result is a captivating juxtaposition of past and present, sparking conversations and fascination.
Scroll down to see Kondakov's latest creations! If you're not familiar with his work, check out our previous article to discover more of his captivating and imaginative art.
Bored Panda reached out to Alexey again to learn more about him and his "Art History in Contemporary Life" series. We were curious to know whether there are any messages or themes the artist wants to convey through his artwork. Alexey replied that he's just having fun. "But I think all of this is about celebrating life and being attentive to the world around us, to be able to see something magical nearby."
"A Silent Greeting" By Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
In the realm of art, the fusion of the past and present is undeniably intriguing. Artists often blend historical elements with contemporary influences to create their unique works of art. With this in mind, we asked Alexey about his perspective on the relationship between the past and present in his art and what he believes his work can teach us. In response, the artist shared, "I believe it's important for everyone to have an understanding of the past, especially the history that has had a significant impact on our present. This knowledge allows us to acknowledge where we are now and gives us the ability to move forward from this point."
"Desdemona" By Alexandre Cabanel
"Angel" By Abbott Handerson Thayer
Alexey's work frequently incorporates humor and irony through the juxtaposition of classical characters and scenes within unexpected contemporary contexts. According to the artist, "Humor is a way to uncover one's differences, unique qualities, or weaknesses. And it requires a certain bravery." He goes on to explain, "When you identify your weaknesses through humor, it becomes easier to accept them or make the decision to improve yourself. For me, humor is a means of embracing reality in an amusing and light-hearted manner."
"Passion Flowers" By Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
"Not Too Much To Carry" By William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Lastly, we wanted to know what advice Alexey has for emerging artists who want to experiment with unconventional and boundary-pushing art forms like digital collages. The artist shared: "Be patient, believe in yourself. There is an inexhaustible source of inspiration and opportunities around you."
"The Beautiful Reader" By Léon François Comerre
"Confidences" By Guglielmo Zocchi
"Fatidica" By Sir Frederic Leighton
"Canaries" By Albert Joseph Moore
"Voluptas" By Franz Seraph Von Lenbach
"Lady Hamilton (As A Bacchante)" By George Romney
"On The Terrace" By Edward John Poynter
"The Hop Picker" By Charles Edward Perugini
"Quadriga Of Cupid" By Jacques Clement Wagrez
"Watching And Waiting" By Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
"Medea" By Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
"Prometheus Freed By Hercules" By Giuseppe Baldrighi
"Pompeiana" By Eleuterio Pagliano
“Electra At The Tomb Of Agamemnon” By Lord Frederic Leighton
"This artwork is about understanding and feeling war in your home. It’s hard to imagine it. No one wants to think about it, everyone thinks that they have a lucky ticket in life. And it’s easy to stay away if you don't know what war is and you just get tired of seeing the news. Unfortunately, only those who have seen the war can truly understand.
The photograph was taken near Lukyanivska metro station, which is near the center of Kyiv. A Russian missile hit the civilian house early morning on March 15."