WITH SOUL AND HIGH THOUGHTS
Windows of a house are like eyes. Window-painting is a modern trend of the church painting, having its roots in the ancient Russian icon-painting. Its founder is the Blagoveshchensk artist Alexander Tikhomirov, who lived and studied in Moscow, in Stroganov School, faculty of monumental-decorative painting, G.M. Korzhev's studio.
But in the eighties he suddenly decided to leave for the Far East. That time indisposed one to icon-painting. However an artist as a creative person, born in an Orthodox country, bears within himself rudiments of Orthodox culture. Someone does it unconsciously, someone subconsciously, and Tikhomirov did it consciously. That is why his basic activity since 1984 was mosaic, a technique in which he performed his works for numerous social and cultural objects in the Far East. Beginning from mosaics in secular establishments, he has purposefully come to solemnity of the church mosaic, applied to religious art of icon-painting, which he brightly actualised in the original form of window-painting. This term belongs to the artist.
The best traditions of Russian icon-painting with its sophistication and internal intimacy, are reincarnated with dignity in the new trend ofthc modern religious art. The epoch of postmodernism allowed Soviet artists to assimilate rather easily traditions of Orthodox art in its new forms. One of such original forms is the art of window-painting. Use of the wood texture and superannuated window shutters that have accu-nulated the energy of souls of those who lived in the house is McxanderTikhomirov's artistic invention.
Rather serious study of traditions of the Orthodox icon with its canonicity, musicality and rhythmic clarity spirituali-les Tikhomirov's works. As you know, tradition does not inhibit display of creative spirit, especially in the religious art. The diversity of expressive means of Russian icon-painting breaks the notion of canon as a certain embodiment of principles of artistic mimesis. How many centuries worked icon-painters in the same canon, and how many distinctions there are in artistic devices of such titans as Panselin, Feofan the Greek and Andrey Rublev!
That is why the birth of a new and, undoubtedly, expressional artistic trend is an obligate process. Tlie end of the weary century and entire millennium, and then, instead of another "art" here comes an original, grown on Russian Orthodox soil, independent religious artistic trend.
There is no house without a window, man willioul lace. icon without saint. Oneol 'AlexandcrTikhoniirov'se.'.liibiliiw was titled "The windows of Russia." This is a very meani title. It comprehends the concept of Holy Russia and source of everything sacred in Russia: the Orthodox faun. Windows are the eyes of the house.
In March 1999 an exhibition titled "Keep the Onhoddi Faith" was held in the museum of Christ the Saviour's in Moscow, timed to the anniversary of Patriarch ol К Alexis 11, where the works of Alexander Tikhomirov atliacu^l a special attention. Now they are on their way to Jerusalem,' an international exhibition of the Orthodox an. So, ihera from Holy Russia to Holy Land is paved.
People's Artist of the Russian Federation,
Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts,
Member of the Artists Union of Russia,
Chairman of the Board AROO TLC RF
Vice-President of the Academy of Arts of the World, "New Era"
Commander of the Order of Friendship.
The author of a new direction in art, patented in 1995, entitled "Okonopis": religious themes, executed in tempera on old shutters.
His works are in many museums and private collections in Russia and abroad.
2015 Solo exhibition "Okonopis" in the Asia-Pacific Economic Summit in Vladivostok.
2014 Solo exhibition "Russia" with E. Tikhomirova. Moscow, "Burganov House" National Museum. Moscow.
2012 Solo exhibition "Okonopis". Regional Museum. Blagoveshchensk.
2010 Solo exhibition "Okonopis". Diplomatic Academy. Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Moscow.
2010 Solo exhibition "Windows of Russia." IDGC. Moscow.
2009 Solo exhibition "Okonopis" within the 75th anniversary of the Jewish Autonomous Region and Xth International festival of Jewish culture and art. Birobidzhan.
2009 Solo exhibition "Saint Springs Russia." Showroom "Kuznetsky Bridge". Moscow.
2009 Solo exhibition "Okonopis". The State Duma. Moscow.
2008 Personal exhibition "Okonopis" within the framework of the Security Council. Blagoveshchensk.
2008 Personal exhibition at the Museum of Russian Art Liu Means. Harbin. China.
2007 Personal exhibition "The windows of Russia." Maritime Art Gallery. Vladivostok.
2007 Personal exhibition "The windows of the soul." Peter-Pavel's Fortress. St. Petersburg.
2007 Personal exhibition dedicated to the 50th anniversary. Blagoveshchensk. Regional museum. Blagoveshchensk.
2005 Solo exhibition "Okonopis" within the festival presentation "Amur Autumn". Pushkin Museum. Pushkin. Moscow.
2005 Solo exhibition at the "Amur Autumn" festival. Russian embassy. Beijing. China.
2005 Solo exhibition "Window to Eternity." "Interkolor" Gallery. Moscow.
2004 Personal exhibition "Window to Eternity" dedicated to the 400th anniversary of Tomsk. Museum of the History of Tomsk. Tomsk.
2004 Personal exhibition "Window to Eternity." Krasnoyarsk CX. Krasnoyarsk.
2004 Personal exhibition "Windows of Russia." Leningrad region. Volkhov.
2004 Personal exhibition. Cathedral of the Assumption. Tikhvin.
2004 Personal exhibition "Windows of Russia." Vyborg - St. Petersburg.
2004 Personal exhibition "20 years of the Amur on the ground" in the Film Forum "Amur Autumn". Regional Museum. Blagoveshchensk.
2003 Solo exhibition "Okonopis" in the Open Russian Film Forum "Amur Autumn". Blagoveshchensk.
2003 Solo exhibition "Windows of Russia." "Smolny" Exhibition Hall. St.Petersburg.
2003 Solo exhibition "Windows of Russia." Modern Art Museum. Pine Bor.
2003 Solo exhibition "Okonopis" in the ASMA. Blagoveshchensk.
2003 Solo exhibition "Okonopis" in honor of the 60th anniversary of the 182 th Guards TBAP. p. Ukrainian. Amur region.
2002 Solo exhibition "Russian remote" in the Moscow House Nationalities. Moscow.
2002 Solo exhibition "Okonopis". An Pei. China.
2002 Solo exhibition "Okonopis". Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Tynda.
2001 Personal exhibition at the Museum of AS Pushkin. St. Petersburg.
2001 Personal exhibition at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture. Berlin. Germany.
2001 Personal exhibition "House of Travel". Moscow.
2001 Personal exhibition. Church Kirkkonummi. Meeting Hall. Helsinki.
2001 Personal exhibition at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture. Helsinki. Finland.
2001 Personal exhibition at the "Creativity" State Exhibition Hall. Moscow.
2000 Personal exhibition at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture. Prague. Czech Republic.
2000 Personal exhibition at the Gallery of Contemporary Art "Arch." Vladivostok.
2000 Personal exhibition at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture. Cyprus.
2000 Personal exhibition "mysterious Russian soul". State "Tushino" exhibition hall. Moscow.
2000 Personal exhibition "Okonopis". Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Russia. Russian Culture Foundation. Moscow.
2000 Personal exhibition. "Folk Art" Museum. Central secondary school with Russian ethno-cultural component of education №1148. Moscow
1999 Personal exhibition in the city of Linz. Austria.
1999 Personal exhibition "The windows of Russia." "Phoenix" Cultural Center. Moscow.
1997 Personal exhibition at the Museum of Far Eastern Art. Khabarovsk.
1995 Personal exhibition in the Central House of Artists. Moscow.
1994 Personal exhibition. Regional Museum. Blagoveshchensk.