Havana Shades
22 x 26 in.
Watercolor on paper
Available from the artist

Havana Shades was painted from sketches and photo references taken during Vladislav’s recent trip to Cuba with a group of students. Impressed by the inner beauty of the city, Vladislav is bringing to the viewer his reflection on the gracefully aging stunning architecture and showing us the connection between the past and the future.
“Our existence is not just the present moment but the past as well”, say Vladislav.
Vlad used a wide dynamic range of light in this painting to show the drama of the ordinary street in Havana. Gradation of lights and darks is very important here and Vladislav masterfully implemented this technique for the overall success of this painting. Dark tones smoothly transform into the light, communicating to us the life-leading affirmation.
Yeliseyev paints equally in studio and en plein air.
“When I work in studio I remember my emotions but have less distraction and more time to work.”

The Russian émigré Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad), came to the United States in the 1980s equipped with a classical art education from Moscow School of Art and a Master’s Degree in architecture. Now, Yeliseyev is a signature Member of American Impressionist Society and National Watercolor Society. His work is in private and corporate collections worldwide.

Critics have noted his bold brushwork, expert loose color passages, and crisp well edited calligraphy in his paintings. With painstaking use of limited brushwork in his art, Vlad creates paintings which give a sense of depicted objects rather than their details, while maintaining the transparent colors unique to watercolor. You can almost touch the walls and feel the rough stones warmed by the sun. Vladislav’s love of classical music leads him to his poetry in art.

“Every painting is like a poetry, the less words wasted the more powerful message it conveys.”

Vlad is an invited artist and a judge to many plein air events across the country. He is an avid traveler and a popular instructor with the classical approach to teaching. During his classes and workshops Vlad emphasizes on a ‘bold brush’ techniques, importance of sketching/drawing and his method of mixing colors (developed specifically for his students) which are featured in his latest educational DVD “Impressions in Watercolor”.

Traveling the world allows Vladislav to see his subjects from different cultural and emotional angles. Born and educated in Moscow, he is knowledgeable of local traditions and culture. This summer he invites other painters to join him to experience a cultural exploration of the Russian Plein Air and Italian Escapade in Umbria. It promises an intimate trip of a lifetime to Moscow and old cities of the Golden Ring to uncover the roots of the mysterious Russian soul, bring the joy of painting unique authentic places and visiting destinations famous for their unreal natural beauty, which attracted many famous Russian landscape painters of the 19th century.

Painting Old Italian scenic hill towns spread across the Umbria region, is another passion of Vladislav’s. Beautifully restored Capuchin monastery from the 16th century surrounded by olive groves in the foothills of the Apennines Mountains is awaiting for you in June – July 2018.

Website: https://yeliseyevfineart.com/
Email: [email protected]

Highlights of 2018/2019
Plein Air Events
Lighthouse Plein Air Festival – Tequesta, FL March 3-11, 2018
Olmsted Plein Air invitational – Atlanta, GA April 21-29, 2018
Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational – Apalachicola, FL May 4-13, 2018
Cashiers Plein Air Festival – Cashiers, NC July 18-22., 2018
Mountain Maryland Plein Air – judge Cumberland, MA September 24-30, 2018

Jupiter, FL – March 12, 2018
Sarasota, FL – March 17-19, 2018
Bradenton, FL – March 28, 2018
Newburgh, NY – May 23-25, 2018
Landgrove, VT – August 27-30, 2018
Stevensville, MA – October 1-3, 2018

Painting Vacations
Russian Plein Air – June 9-19, 2018
Painting Umbria, Italy – June 21 – July 5, 2018
Painting Costa Brava, Spain – May 27 – June 3, 2019
Painting Croatia – June 9 – 18, 2019


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