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Blue Chicago

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Framed Size: 29.5" x 29.75"

acrylic on canvas

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About the Work
About the Artist

About the Work

It is essential to Liudmila Kondakova to make people happy with her art. Her technique is very complex, and her studio looks like an alchemist’s laboratory, set up to fuse reality and a dream. However, she does not include any complicated concepts that require you to read long articles with obscure, and unfamiliar terms. Her art is simple and pleasing to the eye of the viewer but is also full of photographic details that enchant your way through a city skyline, a scene, or an object. She expects her art to be understood with the heart, from a person’s creative center. She hopes that people looking at her art will look at it with romance, light, and possibility in their heart. She wants people to look at her art with parts of their creative spirit that can appreciate all the facets of life.

In “Blue Chicago” once again we see Liudmila Kondakova’s love for capturing details, and culture, through her highly detailed technique. Opened in 1985, “Blue Chicago” is a blues club in the River North neighborhood. Famous for performances by blues greats including Koko Taylor, Bonnie Lee, Karen Carroll, the late Willie Kent, Johnny B Moore, Magic Slim, Eddie Clearwater, Eddie Shaw, the late Buddy Scott, and the late Eddie Lusk, Blue Chicago is one of several prominent establishments in a city famous for the blues. Sweet Home Blue, Chicago shows one of two murals on the exterior walls of Blue Chicago. This mural is located on North Clark Street.

The original painting from which the mural was inspired was done by John Caroll Doyle (1942-2014), an artist from South Carolina. Blues/Jazz musicians were one of his favorite subjects and he painted most of the works in the Blue Chicago collection. Blue Chicago was unable to identify the artist who executed the mural.  Liudmila Kondakova’s “Blue Chicago” is an 11 x 14- inch acrylic on canvas created in 2016.

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.

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