The Cityscapes in Danish Artwork
Dmitri Danish, a natural born artist from the Ukraine, began drawing with a pencil before he could even talk. As a result, his mother who was also an artist, realized art would be an effective medium through which to communicate with her child. She encouraged him to use color and shape to help communicate his emotions and thoughts. He continued to excel in art, becoming a student in the gifted program in a Kharkiv school and then being accepted into the Kharkiv State Art College at 15 years of age. As he developed, it was clear that his art was to be defined as lovely, intriguing landscapes and cityscapes of either real or imagined cities or countries. While he has painted plenty of portraits of his lovely Kharkiv, this artist also pulls material from books he reads, radio broadcasts, stories of other people or pure imagination for his subjects. The cityscapes he paints contain vibrant colors that make you want to step into his painted scene. The use of lighting with sunlight and shadows along with painting clear emotion make the people in his cityscape paintings seem very real.
Danish art includes not only realistic and sometimes harsh scenes of city life, but also contains picturesque gems such as ‘Early Morning in Rome’ which gives an impressionistic view of a walk in a park on an early autumn morning. True to the impressionistic style, this piece combines shadowing, expansiveness and a touch here and there of the brilliant colors of fall to draw you into the painting. One can just imagine the birds waking and chirping, a slight breeze, the coolness of the air and the smell of the vegetation while walking through this lovely park.
In sharp contrast to the ‘fuzziness’ of his impressionistic paintings is the stunning attention to detail in his more realistic paintings. For example, the painting ‘A Grand Canal’ is photographic in quality. One could easily mistake this for an image from a digital camera on a slightly foggy day. ‘Sunny Venice’ also falls into Danish’s highly detailed realist paintings. In this piece, one can feel the strength a gondolier must use to pilot his vessel as he pushes through the choppy waters of the canals of Venice.
Even more interesting is when Danish combines realism and impressionism as in his painting ‘Angel of Arches’. The arched bridge and water directly underneath the bridge are highly detailed and palpable while the rest of the painting is more diffuse and unresolved. This is an interesting way in which to strongly focus ones attention on one particular part of a painting, a goal absolutely accomplished in this painting.
Finally, the Danish art that comprises chaotic scenes filled with so much detail that it can’t be painted except impressionistically can be seen in Danish’s ‘Night in Port’. Up close, it is difficult to see everything that is happening in this scene. One must pull farther back from the picture in order to make out the fireworks backlighting the town. In this painting, reflections off the water make this scene even more unsettling and exciting, like an impromptu night on the town. Truly Danish art is imaginative and expansive in scope.
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