AYYAD ALNIMER The Colored Bridge over the Divide : книга з психології художньої творчості (англійською)
Євген Альпер (США, Каліфорнія))
— Харьків, Мачулин,
— 116 с.
— (Серія: психологія творчості).
— м.Дніпропетровськ. — Наклад 300 шт.
— Життя видатних людей
Книга розповідає про життєвий шлях та творчість видатного американського художника Аяаа Алнімера (англійською)
Лінк із зображенням книжки:
"If art elevates itself above the sciences,
it is precisely because, in opposition to them, it stimulates sensuality
and awakens profound echoes in the physical being."
Le Corbusier "Journey to the East"
"A picture is worth a thousand words."
I thought long and hard about the right words for starting this book. When I talk about an artist, I am always intrigued by his personality. No painting is just acrylic or oil on canvas, but each reflects a deeply personal approach to shapes, time, space, and color that the artist relies upon to tell us about his outlook ... [ Показати весь уривок ]
on the world and their unique vision of the Universe.
I first met Ayyad Alnimer on a very popular social networking site. He had several pieces posted, and I suddenly realized that I enjoyed each and every one of them. I caught myself thinking that I did not want to scroll down hurriedly through the list of updates as you do to skip yet another "look-mom-what-I-can-do" post making you wonder what in the world prompted the author to share a latest "masterpiece." No, Ayyad Alnimer was different. I immediately knew that he was a true ARTIST. The great Russian movie director Alexander Dovzhenko once said: "When two people look down, one sees a puddle, another, the starry sky." There was no doubt in my mind that Ayyad Alnimer's perception of our daily life is all about the starry sky.
I often said that in the modern art world the genuine artistic talent was as needed as that of the art manager. My sarcastic point was that nowadays the talent yields to a marketable brand name, no matter the context. So if I now say "the genuine artistic talent," I smile: in a world void of true literary criticism, many honestly think of themselves as having talent. But the art of Ayyad Alnimer is a very different story.
It is obvious that Ayyad Alnimer must have been doing something right: art lovers have appreciated his paintings. What can be more rewarding for an artist? We all know that there is no way to make connoisseurs love an artist for no good reason. They have a hunch for duplicity and would never fall for any painting, concept, or intent that is not one-hundred percent genuine. Only that art which immutably strives for liberation and self-knowledge is viable in modern society. This kind of art unlocks the virtually unlimited opportunities for one’s personal development and thus prompts an emotional response promoting self-awareness and personal growth.
I have been professionally trained as a psychologist. So my master plan for this book about Ayyad Alnimer has been, as if in a psychological glossary, the psychologist's attempt to reflect on the sound of his paintings. Yes, sound is precisely what I mean, for his art is imbued with music. Not to mention that, I know this for a fact, classical music is a must background during his creative process. However magically, our subconscious discerns this music from his paintings—music somehow transmitted through his brushstrokes.
An artistic talent affects its followers, but also its reviewers and critics. In the world of art management, and increasingly so in the recent years, the personal opinion of a reviewer, which inevitably comes with personal responsibility, counts. Especially when the artist is truly talented, multidimensional, and capable of expressing more than what the public may be ready to perceive, digest, and accept. This is why I feel privileged: I have a chance to help you delve into the sea of Ayyad Alnimer's art.
My first review of Ayyad Alnimer's art was published in the press and on the Internet, commented upon, and "liked" numerous times. Being both an art-critic and a psychologist, I appreciate the importance of paper articles and Internet posts. Yet, a book about Ayyad Alnimer gives me an opportunity to bring together various aspects of his art and his life, which would not be possible to do in an article or a blog post.
It took a long time to come up with what I now believe is the right title for this book, AYYAD ALNIMER: The Colored Bridge over the Divide. At first it was to be titled after his 2015 painting "All Once Lost Restored." The title seemed appropriate at first. It had nothing to do with Ayyad's personal life; it was solely about a restored sense of creativity and a renewed ability to express oneself artistically. Yet, eventually it was discarded as being too restrictive. So it was then that the artist’s three daughters came up with a much more subtle alternative that, to my ear, conveys a similar idea. "The Colored Bridge over the Divide" has always been the core of Ayyad Alnimer’s life, even when he took a stint at teaching and his job seemingly had little to do with art or creativity. Yet, once he was done teaching, the multitude of things he had kept out of sight burst out and once again confirmed that "once an artist, always an artist," especially when the gift is genuinely God-given. Thus, a small biographic detail hinted at by his family has become the title.
The subject of this book is Ayyad Alnimer's formative years as an artist, when he was able to overcome many a life obstacle to achieve his goal: to paint for people, to visualize the world for the rest of us.
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