Synchronicity – an art essay
In this series of paintings, ALEXANDER IVANOV unveils the invisible process of communication between the subconscious mind and the Universe. He is a contemporary artist and the creator of more than 150 abstract and photorealistic artworks. His art has received multiple international art awards, including more than 10 in Russia and China, and his work has touched the lives of numerous private collectors in the United States and Russia. He has also participated in 9 art shows since 2015 in different cities around the world. Alex currently resides in the suburbs of Moscow with his wife and daughter.
“I truly believe art has an enormous impact on mankind
– it cures our souls and makes us better people;
it inspires us to commit noble deeds
and prevents humanity from self-destructing.”
‘Synchronicity’ is the name of a series of artworks. Through every line and every color, I unveil the invisible process of communication between the subconscious mind and the Universe. I believe that our subconscious mind communicates with the Universe by sending and receiving information. We can feel this connection while meditating, praying, or even during our daily lives. If we increase our awareness, we can receive very important information from the Universe.
Sometimes it can help us to make a crucial decision in our life or understand that we are going in the right direction, or attract some meaningful event to our life, or it may just inform us that something is likely to happen in the near future. It can be an insight, or a dream, or a series of coincidental occurrences of extraordinary events, that can happen during a day, a couple of days, or even a week, and this is called ‘synchronicity’. Even this series of artworks was created after some meaningful coincidences in my life.
Several years ago, I was thinking about trying to paint some abstract art, which I had never done before. As all my artworks until then were realistic, it wasn’t a decision or an intention, it was just the process of thinking that we have from time to time about things we could or should do in the future. That day I took out a sheet of paper and tried not to think about what I was actually drawing. I just unplugged my consciousness, and gave freedom to imagination. In half an hour the drawing was complete. It was a picture of a bat. Why it was a bat I did not know yet.
The next day, the same thoughts came again. At night, when I opened the window to let in some fresh air, a real bat flew into one of the rooms and alighted on a curtain. Such an incredible event, especially as bats are not very common in that region.
After a couple of days, I went with the family to our summer home for the weekend. It was a typical visit in the middle of summer, when we enjoy warm weather surrounded by nature. In the evening, just after the sunset, we saw the wonderful and unforgettable sight of hundreds of bats, one by one, flying from under the roof of the house to forage for the night. The show went on for several minutes, and then the bats were gone.
After that, I linked these events to my thoughts about creating abstract paintings, and decided to start. I bought oil paints of different colors, some tools, and tried to create, but had no clue how to go about it. Luckily it succeeded from the very beginning. The techniques and color schemes would pop into my head, and I have been able to create many beautiful artworks, which have been exhibited in different countries around the world, winning awards. Could they have been painted without synchronicity? Possibly not.