NUR-SULTAN – ARTDAMU gallery and art studio recently opened the Great Steppe Cardiogram exhibition featuring works by Kazakh mural artist Amanat Nazarkul.
Born in 1959 in the Jambyl region, Amanat Nazarkul graduated from the department of monumental and easel painting of the Surikov Institute of Fine Arts in Moscow, a member of the Union of Artists of Kazakhstan and a member of the Academy of Arts .
The artist worked in three mediums – painting, sculpture and graphic design. The distinctive feature of all his works was the theme of the ancient Turks and Turkic peoples. Nazarkul says that the society of our time has unfortunately lost interest in history. The artist himself reads a lot of archaeological and historical literature.
According to him, many unrevealed moments in Turkish history remain to be uncovered.
“The historical and national theme of the painting is conveyed by symbolism, thus a picture without symbolism, which does not reflect the philosophy of the artist – is not a real painting. The artist must be a thinker and a philosopher too,” he said.
The Turkish theme is however not the only plot of his creations, Nazarkul also likes to portray the pressing problems of the modern world. He recently painted an image titled Salvation Island, which depicts a mother and her children trying to escape a flood that is encroaching on their town. The painting was inspired by the terrible floods that took place all over the world last year.
“When a painting starts, you don’t know how it will end,” he said.
Nazarkul is in a constant state of drawing. In his studio he paints, at home he thinks and even in his sleep he sees images of future paintings. He says he’s inspired by the idea that artists have very little time to create something truly worthwhile that will outlive the artist themselves.
For his works, the artist is inspired by Mexican brains such as Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Siqueiros. “Three geniuses who lived in the same country and at the same time. What sets them apart from other artists is the monumentality and scale of thought,” he said.
And among the world famous Soviet classics, he was inspired by Chingiz Aitmatov, to whom he dedicated a series of works.
Talking about his future artistic projects, Nazarkul said he will continue to create in three mediums – sculpture, painting and graphic design, prioritizing monumentalism in his works. He also plans to exhibit his works in Germany and dedicate them to the diplomatic friendship between Germany and Kazakhstan.
The inauguration of the last exhibition took place at the beginning of May in the presence of representatives of the German Embassy and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.