Capturing Life

By Bridget Manzella

Olga Krimon’s show, soon to be hung in the main hall of the M, is a
wonderful collection of fifteen oil paintings, predominately
portraits. The show also includes two fantastic still lifes of roses,
one of which is the signature image of the upcoming show. What is
noteworthy about Krimon, is the way she captures movement
and uses it to demonstrate the life of the subject or object she is
painting. Everything seems to be very much alive in her paintings,
whether it is the face of a child or the head of a rose. Olga’s
ability to capture vivacity and energy in a subject/object is magical,
and is what contributes to the truly “realistic” quality of her
paintings. Olga describes the importance of movement in the following
excerpt from her bio:

“…it’s always about the rhythm, about the movement. You rearrange,
you find the best solutions by varying the relationships, the degrees
of warm/cold, sharp/soft, dark/light to create that movement. The
best representational art is about that, and that’s what I follow. It
really doesn’t matter if it’s a painting of a sitter, a still life, or
a landscape. It’s not about the object itself. “

It makes total sense to us at the M that her paintings possess the
same tenable vivacity as the subjects she chooses to paint. Take
“Trevor,” for example. She has perfectly captured the pensive pout
that this little boy probably held for about two seconds before
squirming out of his seat. All the anticipation of the boys next move
is written in the brush strokes. The background moves, as does the
boys hair and his cuffed white tee shirt. The movement is particularly
apparent in the boy’s eyes. Something we cannot see and can never know
is engaging his attention. In this way, Olga also paints a suggestion
of the boy’s future as well as a suggestion of what is not visible on
the canvas. So much is contained and suggested in this painting. Any
second now, it feels as if the boy will giggle, reach for something
nearby (perhaps the artist’s paintbrush, perhaps the bracelet you are
now wearing) and take off running with it. Would it surprise you if
“Trevor” came to life in front of you and crawled off the canvas?

This is what is so wonderful and engaging about a great realist work.
Like an insect in amber a great realist painter can capture a subject
in all its glory—with all it’s movement, energy, intensity, and life.
Olga is one of those painters.

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About mgalleryoffineart

Owner of M Gallery of Fine Art in historic Charleston, SC
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