By Laman Ismayilova
A solo exhibition by Azerbaijani artist and illustrator Irina Eldarova is attempting to prove the aesthetic power and beauty of male as an image or symbol.
Entitled "The Male=Brand ", the exhibition unveiled on February 7 displays 75 works of the artist.
Over the past two years, Irina Eldarova presented several projects, exploring the feminine nature. However, this time Irina focused her attention and creativity on men.
Prominent public and art figures, mass media representatives and diplomats attended the event organized at the National Art Museum, Baku, Trend Life reported.
Museum's director Khayam Abdinov and Rector of the Azerbaijan State Academy of Arts Fuad Salayev addressed the event and highlighted the artist's creative approach to contemporary art.
"The Male=Brand " is an attempt to penetrate into ‘the world of men’. This is the world of James Brown's famous songs, big ambitions, and struggle for leadership, great victories and discoveries.
The extraordinary pictures feature famous male characters, including politicians, actors, musicians and athletes, who turned into historical myths.
Behind the portraits of Mozart, Ernest Hemingway, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, John Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev, Alain Delon and Charlie Chaplin, one can see scene from everyday life of an ordinary taxi driver.
Another painting "Escape from Paradise" offers a new interpretation of the classic biblical story -the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.
Irina’s creative work include not only painting and graphic designs, but also the development of large-scale publishing projects in Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. The artist received the prize for Best Media Project, granted by the Kazakhstan Journalists Union, in 2007.
Eldarova is also known as the author of the monumental marble panel fixed at Khalglar Dostlugu metro station in Baku.
She also illustrated "A Proud Violin" in 2012, a children's book that received very warm feedbacks from art critics in the UK.
Eldarova participated in major international projects, representing contemporary Azerbaijani art in the world. Among them is the "Fly to Baku" project, organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, showcased in London, Paris, Berlin and Rome, and the "Home, Sweet Home" exhibition, held in 2013 at the Azerbaijani Culture Center in Paris.
Her works can be found in the Tretyakovskaya Gallery (Moscow), Academy of Arts of the Soviet Union, the Modern Art Museum (Baku), the Arts Museum named after Mustafayev, and the Baku Arts Center, and are part of many private collections.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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