by Max Mitenkov
The first thing you notice when looking at the illustration is the shape of the spiral. Two arcs created successively from the earth and from the mist curve in opposite directions, creating the illusion of depth. The earthy arch appears heavy, pulling away from the ground. At the end of it sits a girl who is defied by gravity. One has the impression that thoughts are dripping from her head. Below her, a figure is seen.
The spiral is meant to create an impression of inversion – hence the title “Backward thoughts”. The artist built a surreal environment to best represent his vision. The mesmerizing figure of the spiral plays the biggest role here, even though it is minimalist, as is the color palette. The technique meets the criteria of decorum, so the painting seems remarkably harmonious and full of message.
digital artist / illustrator
Max Mitenkov is a Minsk-based illustrator and artist. He studied advertising design at Minsk University. He became interested in illustration on his own and decided to educate himself in this direction. He started working as a freelance illustrator in 2005. His works have appeared in advertisements, publications, and on book covers, including those of HarperCollins Publishing House. In 2012, he received the Special Jury Award at the 6th SICAF’12 International Digital Cartoon Contest, Seoul, Korea. He has repeatedly participated in exhibitions, the most recent being the European art fair NFT Crypto Art Island.
In his artworks, he expresses his vision of the world through an atmosphere of surrealism. The post-apocalyptic motif recurs more than once in his works, emphasized by the gray color palette, which he also uses frequently. The artist strongly focuses on the mood that emanates from his works. Often it has a vanitative character.
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