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About the Work
Liudmila Kondakova’s first childhood memories were all bright color: reds, blues, greens, yellows, and whites. She recalls that her first persistent question to the adults around her was, “What color is this”? Painting absorbs Kondakova’s whole being. If she is not painting, she is thinking about her current or future projects. Days when she does not work, she considers lost. Liudmila Kondakova painted with egg tempera for many years. It is an unforgiving technique. If you make a mistake, you have to start over. Through this process, she learned planning and discipline, and she uses those skills to create highly detailed paintings of her favorite cities, places, and spaces. She starts painting from the farthest background area and then moves forward. From the darkest parts of the painting to the lightest, as if she is bringing her composition from darkness to light.
In “188 Rue De Marcine” we see Kondakova’s unparalleled technique brought forth in an extraordinary Parisian scene. The scene depicts a green bicycle casually standing on the second floor of a Parisian apartment window. A scene so mundane in a Paris street brought to prominence by Kondakova’s love of color, and the application of her highly detailed techniques. “188 Rue De Marcine” was produced in 2006 as a collection of miniature lithographs, and as an homage to the artist’s dedication to the faces of cities across the world. It demonstrates Kondakova’s wit, knowledge of art, and the depth of her world travels. True to century’s printmaking tradition, great pride was taken in the production of these lithographs. Liudmila Kondakova extensively participated during the printmaking process to make sure her vision of the artwork remained intact. The printer, Art Estampe, has been uncompromising in taking the many essential steps necessary to ensure that these works are faithful to the artist’s vision. “188 Rue De Marcine” is a 2.5 x 1.75- inch, hand-crafted, stone lithograph on paper in an edition of 325 hand-signed by the artist.
About the Artist
Born in Russia in 1956, Liudmila Kondakova immigrated to the United States in 1991. A graduate of the Grabar Center in Moscow, she also attended Russia’s School of Sacred Arts, the Moscow Pedagogical Institute and the Moscow Art Institute. Kondakova connects her highly trained background to her artistic expression this way: “In my art, the essence and beauty has always rested in the details.” Original paintings and limited edition prints by Liudmila Kondakova have an honored place in private collections around the world.