Painter Evgeny Lushpin was born outside of Moscow, Russia in 1966. Inspired by the work of classic Dutch painters such as Johannes Vermeer, and the work of masters Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo Da Vinci, Lushpin attended some of Russia’s finest schools of art, including Moskovskiy Gorodskoy Pedagogicheskiy Universitet (MGPU) and Moscow State University of Arts.
Lushpin’s favorite style of painting is landscapes, and he excels at visualizing and expressing realism in his artwork. “I see a secret, a hidden harmony without objects blocking it from my view,” Lushpin tells us. Details in his paintings such as snow, fog, and sunlight are stroked to perfection, bringing his work to vivid reality. “I believe I bring a unique level of detail into my work with my capacity to ‘catch’ colors. I have feelings I can interpret and transfer to canvas and show to others in a way they will feel it. It’s imperative that I feel a connection with the scenery or landscape so that I can bring those feelings to life in my paintings.”
When he is creating, Lushpin describes his state of mind as disconnected from reality. “I’m sinking into a painting until I lose my connection to the real world. I live inside this painting. I live in the image until I successfully transform my vision on canvas for people to enjoy. It’s a different state of mind with each painting, but I always completely immerse myself into the time, place, and subject of my art.”
As mentioned, while starting his career, Lushpin was inspired by the great masters. Today, he is inspired and influenced by everything in his surroundings. He adds, “The entire world inspires me – any moment and any place. I discover hidden harmony and fall in love with what I’m seeing. I want people to see what I see with their eyes, and to feel with their souls when they look at my paintings.” Moreover, what does Lushpin feel brings him the most pride in his work? “All my paintings give me pride and satisfaction. They are like my children. I love them all. Even if some are different, as if they were children, I accept them all as they are.”
As a featured artist in our Travel Issue, we asked Lushpin which places he would like to travel to next to draw inspiration for his paintings. He has a few places in mind: “Canada, for its nature – lakes, creeks, and forests. There is Chefchaouen in Morocco for I am in love with its blue streetscapes; and, also Portugal, with its old trams going up the Lisbon hills.” – GM
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