Dmitri Belyukin is a Russian painter, born in 1962 (he was introduced with three paintings in post 520.) I will show some more works of this artist.
He paints skillfully in a historic, naturalistic tradition. He made several paintings about Athos during his three week stay in1996-1997.
In an interview he stated: Moreover, on the Holy Mountain, on Athos, I stayed for nearly three weeks, in the winter, when the unceasing prayer has a visible, so to speak, expression. Imagine sailing along the coast and over the monasteries a cold mist rises everywhere the brethren are before God, labouring, engaged in spiritual warfare. I embodied this in a series of works.
On the question if art can bring viewers to spirituality, Dmitri answered:
â€œOf course! When I look at what is happening in Russia, it gives me nothing but pain and sorrow, it seems to me that we have not yet reached the bottom of our moral decline. What is of particular concern to me is the situation in our educational system. All too often, the press plays a completely subversive role, the ads on the telly sicken me, indeed, all the stuff broadcast over the tube depresses me. Now and then, I have thought that our degradation could possibly lead to a genuine public emergency I have no doubt that Orthodoxy remains the only enduring basis for a strong Russia, it is our backbone, it keeps us from disintegration, it is an eternal and indestructible reminder of the need to live according to the commandments. We can say that Art is a movement of spirituality towards salvation, it brings the beauty of Gods world to people, it shows us Mother Nature, it reveals the grandeur of history and culture, it comforts and uplifts
Interesting about Dmitri that in the last century he became quite controversial because of his drawings of Russian soldiers who were wounded in the war in Afghanistan (1979-1989). The pictures were not appreciated as being very pattriottic by the then ruling communist party.
You can find more paintings of Dmitri on his website (also partly in English). Pictures of Holy places