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Ekaterina Belukhina’s 5 Inspiring “Disney Doodles” will have you dreaming & Reminiscing

Reviewed by dasha ilyashenko, 23.03.2022, Tel-aviv, israel // Disney Character doodles

For Ekaterina, who typically works in fine art technique, the series is not characteristic. Nothing but academic, it’s born out of a desire for bold experimentation.

Marik Lechner, a well known israeli artist, at his workshop for artists, gave Kate a toy of a Disney fish – Flounder and suggested to illustrate it “as badly as she can”. This approach gave her such a needed feeling of freedom and inspired her for this series. “When I paint academically, I don’t do it for fun. It’s work, hard work. But on this series I can relax and set myself free”, – comments Kate.

The Disney cartoons hold a special place in the painter’s heart from childhood, so the subject was quickly approved. So far the series includes five 52x52cm paintings made with oil and acrylic on canvas: “Flounder”, “Pooh and a smoking Piglet”, “Bambi”, “Tweety” and “Dancing Elephants”

“In my work I’m usually looking for contradictions. In this series I was captivated by the idea to imitate a kid’s drawing, naive, childlike approach to art – but with academic tools and techniques”, – explains Belukhina.

The central and largest object of each painting is a Disney character, surrounded by scribbles, indistinctive shapes and random words. The background and character colours are vivid and simple, while the scribbles are sketched with “dirty” colours. Remember the doodles that kids draw on the wallpaper?…

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Unlike other Kate’s works, where she creates the texture with generous paint strokes on the canvas, paintings from the Disney series appear flat – again reminiscent of a pencil drawing on paper that the kid would do.

The naive look of the painting is achieved not only by simple colours, but with spontaneous and unpolished lines. “I wanted to imitate the pencils and markers that kids use, so I found a really old brush covered with dry paint and used it literally as a marker”, – says the artist.

Instead of perfecting the stroke and colour, Kate focuses on the composition. And this is really something that reveals an experienced painter, making this naive-looking doodle an artwork: the characters appear in the corner, lower or upper part of the square, framed by chaotic but rhythmic scribbles, altogether creating a balanced and pleasing composition.

Contradiction appears not only between the childish subject of the painting and its technique. It’s also in the feelings it gives to the viewer. And though the first reaction can be tenderness and smile, somewhere deep appears a feeling of anxiety. We see the features of our favourite characters being distorted, their facial expressions and emotions are hard to read (unlike in the cartoons, where they are always obvious and exaggerated). We notice some hints, like Piglet that is smoking, or Flounder floating in “dirty” water, that reveal unkind irony behind the innocent surface.

“I find it interesting to present nice things in an ugly way, – confesses the artist. – It’s my way to explore the object and show the viewer that nothing should be taken for granted”.

And if Kate’s idea was to catch the viewer’s attention and make them look deeper into the artwork, searching for a reason for this inner surprise, in that series she successfully reaches that goal.

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Visit Kates Site: https://ekaterinabelukhina.com/fine-art-prints

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