Currently residing in California, Russian-born Boris Tyomkin has showcased in galleries and exhibitions from Los Angeles to New York. He also lists three awards for his masterful oil-painting techniques among his vast accomplishments.
Tyomkin credits his grandfather’s landscapes and portraits, as well as his first teacher, Leonid Steele, for his influencing his career. Both mentors had a lasting impact on the development of his style. Moving beyond his inspirations, the themes of his recent work are a doubled-sided mirror. Tyomkin uses paint to unveil the thin lines between reality and mirage. His work reveals the theatricality of life, and hence dispels illusions projected by society.
The collection Rococo Masquerade highlights this very spectacle. Garish reality and the mask it wears dance along the canvases of this series. Tyomkin spotlights a lost era whose decadence and ennui still haunt the present. His paintings take us to a time characterized by the whims of the beau monde, a period of history that was at once refined and frivolous.