Painter | France

ivan sollogoub

Ivan Sollogoub - Painter
"I love painting the city, above all at night."

Ivan Sollogoub is an artist born in France in 1974.  Trained for 6 years as the only student of the artist Sergueï Toutounov, his work is inspired by artists such as Rembrandt, Kandinsky, Hopper and Bonnard for their use of colour and Nicolas De Staël for his audacity.

A prestigious training

Or Russian origin, Ivan Sollogoub earned his stripes in the studio of Sergueï Toutounov, an artist trained in the Russian naturalist tradition at the Sourikov Institute in Moscow, where he learned the basics of his craft and most especially, the technique of painting with oils.  After several years of painting still lifes and landscapes in a « semi academic »fashion, he started working independently at his own studio in Paris.  After a long trip to Morocco, he was struck by the astonishing liveliness of the contrasts, the light and the colours he had seen.  This experience made him want to paint in a different way, still figuratively but expanding his work with regard to light and colour.  

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A painter of the night

Ivan Sollogoub is inspired by urban landscapes and loves to paint the city as night is falling.  In his illuminated windows and his varied lighting, he rediscovers these strong contrasts going from the most profound black to the most dazzling white.  He found these contrasts again during his numerous visits to the forests and woods in the Morvan and Agenais areas of France.  In Ivan Sollogoub’s work, man’s presence is subtle, never really represented but always leaving a trace of himself somewhere.  He particularly likes playing with the indistinct and in this manner, the artist renders the world more abstract and compels his public to recreate the actual image by themselves.

A constant search

Thus, the artist immerses himself in his environment in order to represent what surrounds him with great intensity.  Since his first steps in the studio of Serguei Toutounov, he has never stopped exploring the possibilities offered by his subjects and carries on with this quest which has now earned him national recognition.

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nuits urbaines

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Non lieux

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