Sergei Marshennikov is a Russian painter from Ufa. Encouraged from a young age, Marshennikov attended Ufa Art College and then continued on to The Repin Academy of Fine Art in St. Petersburg. As a post-graduate he exhibited at Brownwood University in Texas and Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. His influences are Andrew Wyeth, Lucian Freud, and Jeremy Lipking.
It’s difficult to avoid the association with the academics of the nineteenth century such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Jules Joseph Lefebvre, and Frederic Leighton. In fact, there is such a history of painting models sleeping in flowing garments that I assumed Sergei Marshennikov was far older than he is. Even when modern life occasionally makes an appearance in the form of headphones or a somewhat contemporary outfit it seems out of place. Marshennikov is firmly rooted in another era when academic skill was universally praised and the subject matter of nude young women never had a hint of irony or darker themes.
Sergei Marshennikov’s paintings truly are beautiful, his mastery of the medium is astounding, and his commitment to his genre is complete. It’s possible he was born a century late but, really, that’s not his fault and we might be better off for it.
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All artwork © Sergei Marshennikov.