Newsletter N.1, Spring 2015
I am pleased to announce the launch of the Spring 2015 Newsletter. Future editions will seek to inform you of current activities, events, and exhibitions in the art world. Provocative discussions will be initiated in order to encourage thoughtful expression, stimulate creativity, and provide invaluable learning opportunities. Compelling blogs will also serve as an autobiographical journal exploring relevant trends. Finally, emphasizing the socio-cultural, historical, and political significance of various artistic traditions will help to promote a deeper understanding of art, photography, architecture, design, and fashion.
Newsletters will be accompanied by photographic essays, brief informational texts, and critiques. This is essential, since active participation in extensive research and art analyses are both necessary components for effective curatorial procedure. Interviews with art world professionals including museum directors, curators, gallery owners, and independent artists will be conducted, when possible. In addition, customized gifts, calendars, and other products will be available in the near future. Lastly, I am excited to announce that the 2015 publication of my PARIS photo book is now available for purchase. Find it on the following sites: Blurb hardback and e-book editions, Amazon, and in the Apple iBookstore.
Jewel Kismet Designs continues to flourish, thanks to increased visibility through various social media outlets. Please join me on Facebook and Twitter for more frequent updates. Thoroughly embracing these innovative approaches allows art to be discovered from a fresh, modern perspective. It is my hope that active engagement with an international audience not only increases visual arts access to the general public, but also enriches the lives of the globalized community.
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My love affair with foreign languages, art history, photography, architecture, design, and travel began very early. I attended a Quaker boarding school before receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and French from a private liberal arts institution. Afterward, I spent a significant amount of time in Europe and Canada where I completed two Master of Arts degrees – one in French Civilization and Culture in Paris, and the other in Italian Studies in Florence. I have since obtained a third Master of Arts degree in Global Communications and Fashion in Paris while engaging in doctoral studies.
Experiencing life at the Sorbonne and the Università di Firenze have been significant milestones in my academic career. These unique international opportunities allowed me to sharpen linguistic skills and effectively merge them with my studies which had a strong Art History emphasis. I have always believed in the power of education, so I soon embarked on a career teaching both French and Italian at the University level. While in Rome, I also completed a T.E.F.L. certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). During my time abroad, I am constantly inspired – and grateful – to have lived in some of the most fascinating cities including Paris, Avignon, Florence, Siena, Berlin, Bayreuth, Toronto, and London. I have spent countless hours strolling through cobblestone streets, learning foreign languages, reveling in the artworks of museums and galleries, or simply enjoying the ambiance of cozy cafés.
Currently, I am a Global Communications Specialist, Writer, Art Curator, and Photographer, which has provided a myriad of exciting opportunities. For instance, I have most recently worked at the UNESCO HQ in Paris, serving as the Silk Roads Communications Officer, as well as the Digital Communications Officer for the #WIKI4WOMEN global initiative. In addition, I was fortunate to have worked at the prestigious Opéra national de Paris – Palais Garnier, Dance Department. It was there that I acted as a cultural liaison and assistant to choreographers, artists, directors, and Opéra Bastille. Moreover, extensive research, writing, and creativity have allowed me to fully immerse myself in various endeavors, especially when working as an Investor Relations assistant for a Paris-based, luxury spirits company where I was responsible for the financial communications.
I have also obtained a Museum Studies Certification. During this time, I learned about the theoretical and practical aspects of the art world, from installing exhibitions to essential business practices. This eventually led to work at a contemporary art museum in San Diego where I was fortunate to have worked with both the Associate Curator and Senior Marketing and Communications Manager. Experience in publishing informational texts and sourcing original images has kept me actively engaged in formal analyses necessary for effective curatorial procedure across all domains. And yes, I am thinking of publishing a book about my experiences, especially since I consider myself a writer, first and foremost.
I definitely think that art should be the embodiment of many things, and it is necessarily subjective. Each individual has a unique perspective about life which affects their particular viewing experience. The interrelationship between language, art, culture, and society has given me such a unique perspective of the world. Wherever I am, I am always eager to merge my interests in a cohesive way, so I continue to enroll in various art history, design, and foreign language courses. Studying Japanese, Portuguese, Arabic, German, and Spanish have become enjoyable pastimes. Thoughtful, fun, informative, and intuitive are just a few of arts implied or unintentional purposes. Therefore, the powerful emotions that art evokes are as multifaceted and as complex as the artwork itself.
Educational outreach opportunities incorporating art into academic curricula is the perfect way to share knowledge and beauty with others. I also believe in implementing digital communications in order to reach and educate people in the far corners of the world. The creation of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts were my initial starting points. Not only are they fun and interactive, they also provide opportunities to share photographs, informational texts, blogs, and interviews quite frequently. When used wisely, social media can be a powerful tool. Interesting discussions regarding art historical trends, museums & gallery exhibitions, cultural events, and related activities can be a more easily initiated. I am also excited to announce that the publication of my Paris photo book is available for purchase. Find it on Amazon and in the Apple iBookstore.
I have given some thought to opening an International Fine Art Gallery, and continue to weigh the positive and negative aspects carefully. Completing the Museum Studies program gave me confidence and answered many logistical questions concerning the entire process. Not only does being an art dealer/gallery owner appeal to my sublime love of art, design, and curating, but it also effectively combines my competencies and skills. At the moment I am in the very early phases of curating an online gallery and Facebook page specifically for photography and visual arts. Through continuous research, I hope to gain an even deeper understanding of such a rigorous and highly competitive field of work.
The subject of my French Master of Arts thesis concerned 19th century European Orientalism, so I was extremely involved in that artistic era for quite some time. However, while living in Berlin, I realized that my interests were expanding. The Bauhaus, Art Nouveau, and German Expressionism really peaked my curiosity. Exploring this new world provided a certain balance and harmony to my life. I live in both La Jolla, California, and Paris, France so I travel frequently. Recently while in Paris, I visited the Musée du Quay Branly and the Musée Picasso. Afterward, I became thoroughly consumed by African, Oceanic, and Aboriginal art.
It is impossible to choose a favorite museum, gallery, or exhibition space since I tend to fall in love with unexpected quirks or grandiosity rather easily. I try to fully appreciate each experience without comparing it to another. For instance, the Louvre in Paris evokes such different emotions than the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, or the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Russian artist Oleg Sheludyakov was born in 1971 in Novosibirsk, Siberia and attended Kaleidoscope Art School. At the age of 17, he began his studies in Architecture at the Novosibirsk Engineering Institute. In 1995 he graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Humanities from Novosibirsk State University. He later studied monumental painting at Novosibirsk Fine Arts and Architectural Academy and drawing at the Fine Arts Academy in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He has been a member of the International Federation of Artists and National Creative Union of Russia Artists since 2001.
Sheludyakov has been an active art professional for fifteen years, based primarily in Nice, France and never had any other career aspirations before becoming a painter. Although he was raised in a highly intellectual Siberian city known for its scientific achievements and advancements, the artist believes that any academic diplomas, degrees or certificates he previously obtained have not played a significant role. Instead, he insists that the practical skills he has acquired over the years have been the most important factor in his artistic process. For Sheludyakov, conceptualizing and preparing a specific work of art is a fluid, flexible process. His atelier, or studio, is located in his apartment.
However, he dreams of opening his own fine art gallery in the future, especially since the art world in Nice, France is quite rigid – everything is extremely structured. In order to gain success, he stated that artists must associate themselves with a particular group or society. Such rigidity in the system makes it difficult to work as an independent artist. Conversely, the process is more flexible in Novosibirsk where he is more well-known and respected. This is due to the strong family and community ties he continues to nurture even though he resides on the Côte d’Azur in southern France. In addition, he believes his style is perfectly suited to the local tastes of his native city. Unfortunately, the Siberian city lacks a solid art market – it is virtually non-existent. Perhaps this is due to its geopolitical isolation; its relative location being far removed from the world’s great art markets in New York, Beijing, and Berlin.
In order to attract interest for his work, Sheludyakov often prepares painting and drawing workshops in his atelier. Despite increased advances in public relations and social media marketing methods, the painter has limited interaction with other international art professionals and shuns current trends in the art world. He was influenced by other artists, writers, architects, and designers many years ago, but now relies on the immediacy of his environment for inspiration. The artist is reluctant to utilize Facebook and Twitter as a vehicle to promote his work. Instead he relies on alternate methods of artist-gallery channels of communication. This uncertainty about social media is proving to be difficult in an age of continual news feeds and instant status updates.
The lack of an official agent or manager also impedes his progress, somewhat. In addition, it is sometimes rather difficult retrieving your work after an exhibition, since some gallery owners lose both interest and motivation to return borrowed items afterward. However, there are many advantages of working as an independent artist. Sheludyakov is able to confront the “metaphysical side of reality” every day. He is an avid reader, amateur photographer, and enjoys the cinema and traveling. He appreciates feminine beauty and attempts to magically translate that love onto a canvas or linen, his preferred medium. When asked if his work as a particular message or theme, his response was quite simple: “Enjoy life.”
Shelduyakov has had exhibitions in more than 25 countries, including Russia, France, Italy, Germany, and England. His works are included in the art collections of Novosibirsk Art Museum, The House of Scientists, Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as in various public and private collections around the world. His most successful exhibitions have been in Crete, Hamburg, and Novosibirsk. The least successful was in Washington, D.C. five years ago. He explained that an artist must fit the tastes of the local environment, and should be able to deal with professional gallery owners and art curators. Recent exhibitions have been in Duisberg, Germany and Novosibirsk, Russia (2012), a group exhibition on the Côte d’Azur (April 2013), and a solo exhibition in Novosibirsk (2013).
Note: The artist currently resides in Blois, France.