highly accomplished artist herself, Balcomb has many talents that include
etching, oil & watercolor painting, and illustration. Her landmark book
on Russian artist Nicholai Fechin
is largely responsible for the immense popularity and increased value
of Fechins work worldwide, and an original signed limited-edition
copy of the book itself commands upward of $2000 in todays market.
A third-printing is now available through fechin.com.
countryman Sergei Bongart bought the Fechin studio in Santa Monicas
Rustic Canyon, where he lived until his death in 1985. His legendary
painting workshops were attended by the elite of artists currently working
in America today, such as Bill Reese, Del Gish, Ron Lukas, Don Sahli,
Ron Riddick, Melinda Miles, Ned Mueller, Diane McClary, Peter Liashkov,
and Sunny Apinchapong.
beautiful volume (splendidly designed by Artist/Graphics Specialist
Norman L. Nason) is resplendent with Bongarts masterful paintings
and drawings, and is interlaced with a biographical account showing
the evolution of his oeuvre from Kiev to California. Highly trained
in traditional academic methods at Kiev Art Institute, his work has
the emotional quality of Russian Realism tempered by the light and brilliance
of Impressionism. Life in Kiev, WWII, unique survival, emigration to
the USA, and his exceptional teaching and painting careers are discussed.
Bongart was a generous teacher and encouraged his students to tape the
lessons for future reference and to share with others. It is in this
spirit that TheScreamOnline shares with you the brilliant talent
of this amazing human being.
humorous, colorful! Sergei at his bestas when he discusses art
and poetryand in his sometimes caustic mode as a teacher. This
work has the ring of truth in it and anyone who has studied with Sergei
cant help but experience all over again those wide-ranging emotions
that resulted from interaction with him on a personal or academic level.
Mary Balcomb captures the essence and spirit of this beloved artist
and teacher and the genuine feelings of all whose lives he touched.
She has done a real service to all who have an interest in Sergeis
life by connecting the fragments of his life into a continuous and logical
sequence. For anyone else, this book will be a great introduction to
the unique Sergei Bongart.
Del Gish (former student and assistant,
art instructor, Nazarene College)
dont know of anyone who made such an impression on so many peopleand
he was entertaining as well. We were blessed to have known him.
Lois McFarland (former student)
can be forgiven in art but boring art.
excerpts from the book.