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Shchepotiev Mikhail Nicholaevich (1949 - ...)  Click to play

Schepotyev Mikhail Nikolaevich was born in 1949 in the village of Kazaki, Lipetsk Region. Now he resides in the village of Palekh, Ivanovo Region.
In 1972 Mikhail Nikolaevich finished the Palekh Art School. His teachers were Astakhov V.I., Golov V.I, Vikhrev N.F., Semaikin K.S., Brovkin N.A. The diploma work of Schepotyev M.V. was the box “Bayan” (kind of accordion) painted on a historical theme.
Schepotyev M.N. is rewarded with the honorary diploma given by the administration of the RSFSR Art Fund. His works are kept in the State Museum of Palekh lacquered miniature and also in private collections of the USA, Germany and Holland.
At present the artist works at the cooperative society “Union of Palekh Artists”.
Mikhail Nikolaevich is a many-sided artist, aside from working in the lacquer miniature field, he has the ability of a master icon painter. In his work he uses different styles of painting for instance the style of the Stroganov School of icon painting, the style of Safonov icon painting, the style of Novgorod icon painting and certainly the style of Palekh lacquered miniature. Themes of his works are fairy-tales, landscapes and history.
The artist thinks that while working at a lacquered miniature it is very important to express image of a chosen theme, to select colors and a background and to fulfill work technically correctly. Beginning to paint a lacquered miniature, he intends to reflect a chosen theme completely in the composition, and also to think over characters’ appearance, their faces and even clothes.
Mikhail Nikolaevich paints his works mostly in warm tones. Most of all he prefers to use red color and its shades. On the average it takes him 3-6 months to finish working on a lacquered miniature (including working on a theme, characters’ faces, their costumes and a background).
Works by Schepotyev M.N. can be easily recognizable owing to peculiar painting technique and splendid filigree patterns.
Painting of such famous Palekh painters as Golikov I.I., Zubkov A.I., Markichev I.V., Khodov V.M., Kochupalov A.D., Ann O.V. had a great influence on the artist’s creativity.
In his free time Mikhail Nikolaevich likes to fish, cook and also he is a numismatist; collecting of coins is his favorite hobby.
To all admirers of lacquered miniature painting the artist wishes to acquire good boxes.

Bratchikova Ye. K., 1996, "MINIATURISTS OF PALEKH. NAME REFERENCE", RUSSLIT, Moscow, 5-7739-0001-7, 5-86508-035-0

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