An artistic dialogue between Russian painter Oleg Batrakov and Spanish painter Joan Longas is to go on show at London's Galerie Artima from 6 June until 7 July 2018. Both contemporary-realism painters choose to work in oil on canvas to translate the experience of walking through cities (Paris for Oleg and the Californian coast for Joan).
Oleg Batrakov’s paintings invite us to appreciate the French summer, the typical "joie de vivre". The gallery states: "We are touched by his exquisite, textured technique; a depictive and enjoyable view of Paris under the sun. Objects and characters are placed as subjects, surrendered to the variety of the days light; from the ethereal afternoon light to the relentless midday sun."
Meanwhile, Joan Longas’s view of the USA takes us on a journey. He captures the subtle afternoon sky, tinged with orange; evoking the warmth and chilled ambience of California. His style is cinematographic: "We are immersed in a world of realism, somewhat staged, with Hollywoodian décor reminiscent of the work of photographers Gregory Crewdson and Alex Prager," says Galerie Artima.
"Both artists reveal a restful and nostalgic ambience along with an incredible understanding of light. Their scenes of life are Hopper-based inspirations of contemplation and narration where the characters are frozen in a moment. We are welcomed and at ease, gladly identifying ourselves with the reading character in the Jardin de Tuileries sunshine, or the couple returning from a day of surfing at a Californian beach. Dream-like."