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Artist discovery: Natalya Borisovna Parris

'Gravitation' painting by Natalya B. Parris
'Gravitation' painting by Natalya B. Parris
Natalya B. Parris

Natalya B. Parris has lived in the United States for 19 years, having come from Russia. She was trained at Moscow Construction University that is known for producing civil engineers. It is not unusual to discover Russian-born or Eastern European-born artists who have migrated to America and who become artists after having education disciplines in other occupations. Here are several observations:

Natalya B. Parris, artist profile
Natalya B. Parris
  1. An artist persists wherever they are
  2. An artist’s culture is pervasive in their work
  3. An artist is intensely engaged in the art community

At least in her instance, these things seem true. Let’s explore this.

First, consider Natalya’s artist statement:

“When I create my ‘free spirit - nonfigurative art,’ I feel completely free like a flying bird. There is no taboo of what colors I can choose or combine, or what technique to use. I apply whatever seems right at the moment or whatever new ideas are coming up in the moment of inspiration. I express myself and give my view of the world through color, color combinations and shapes.”

Unbridled freedom is a fine attribute that gives way to uniqueness. An artist with distinction is one with inspired purpose.

She continues: “I use my scientific, engineering and life experiences to bring new ideas to reality in my art. I developed a unique artistic style - ‘Emotional Counterpoints in Paint – Dots Art’ where perfectly round dots are overlaid onto sections of a previously-painted picture and create a melody of my heart on the canvas.”

One can imagine the influence of her disciplined training and manifestation into “Dots Art.” (I wonder how that translates: точек искусство.) She transforms tempestuous feeling into dot patterns, design and colors that are reflective of the moment. Actually, the moment may take some time to evolve because painting all of those little dots in the rights places is nontrivial.

Natalya explains: “Sometimes the emotions are so powerful that the dots (like music notes interact with the rhythm of the melody) creating emotional counterpoints - piled on one another- and create a three-dimensional painting.”

When we view her work, we will look for the layered example.

She says “My floral compositions are expressions of my connection with Nature; its beauty and its nurturing and healing effect on the soul. Currently, I am working on a series of artworks “Memories of Hillwood.” The Hillwood Museum & Gardens in Washington, D.C. has the largest collection of Russian fine arts outside Russia. The artworks are inspired by the orchid flowers I saw in the Hillwood Greenhouse and the museum’s priceless collection of art.”

Ah ha, here is news about “new work” and a “new exhibit.”

“Another series of my artworks has a deep connection to the ‘Memories of Hillwood’ series. It is entwine of contemporary and modern interpretation of the Russian Folk Art and my Russian soul. My artistic goal is to extend ‘Emotional Counterpoints in Paint – Dots Art’ to a new level by adding new media and new subjects to this series of artworks. Since “ what if?” is a big part of my artistic creativity, I want to experiment on the collaborations of the ‘free spirit - nonfigurative art’ ,’Emotional Counterpoints in Paint – Dots Art’ and figurative abstract art. Moreover, I want to continue working on introducing my art to a wider audience by exhibiting throughout the USA and globally and to continue publishing my art in books and postings in social media. Finally, I want to create new art programs for children and adults, be active in the art community and curate innovative art exhibits.”

Natalya Borisovna Parris

As a curator, she is incredibly accomplished as she has organized, designed and installed over 80 exhibitions. She also teaches art classes. She is most active in Gaithersburg, MD including the Arts Barn.

She shows her award-winning work nationally and internationally.

Natalya offered two new works as examples of her work. One is called “Gravitation” and the second is “From Russia with Love.”

First, employing marbling technique in multiple layers and with completely different palettes in one painting demonstrates exceptional technique. Next, by incorporating her “dot painting” technique, also in contrasting patterns creates an impression of depth and dimension. Step back from the method and just look at the painting. The name of the painting suggests a feeling of “gravitation” and those molecular appearing images seem to float in liquid substrate.

Unbridled dots art burst in “From Russia with Love.” Inspired by flowers, perhaps, the painting contains iconic images of love in heart shapes. The composition makes one feel good, don’t you think?

By comparison, what other artists do we know from the community whose work connote similar feelings of expression?

Marina DiCarlo Weirchs (Arlington Artists Alliance)

"The Descent"

Marina’s patterns are inspired from biology. See the story reference below. Her paintings may incorporate "dot" shapes but are not "dot paintings" in the form and style of Natalya B. Parris.

Anya Getter (Arlington Artists Alliance)

Russian folk art inspiration

“Having Been Born And Raised In The Soviet Union, Anya Had To Chose A More Practical Path To Pursue Than The Tumultuous World Of Art. While She Had Dreamed Of Attending An Art School She Choose Instead To Enter The World Of Information Technology, But Never Lost Her Drive And Passion For The Craft.”

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