Project: From Russia with Love

June 2010 saw Bloomfield and Rolfe holiday in Russia. After taking in Moscow and St Petersburg we promised each other a piece of art inspired by the trip (we did the same after Sicily in 2003 to great success). As neither piece of art has yet materialised we've agreed to help things along with a deadline: we must both produce our artwork by 30th June when we have our Bloomfield & Rolfe summer meeting. Here are a few images from that trip - I was particularly taken with the folk-style illustration in rich colour palettes was a real dominant aesthetic. (I was surprised that there appears no book on the subject, in English at least).

[caption id="attachment_231" align="alignnone" width="300"] old postcard I picked up[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_233" align="alignnone" width="300"]big chicken Bought off the street from the artist in Moscow

Big cat
Another from the same artist[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_234" align="alignnone" width="770"] From The Cathedral of the Assumption in the Kremlin... All Russian Orthodox churches were stuffed with these sorts of panels which just made me think of comic strips.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_229" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Soviet posters[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_228" align="alignnone" width="1024"] found this one in a fish restaurant (of course!)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_230" align="alignnone" width="1024"] And just for fun.... what do you do outside Lenin's tomb? Jazz hands![/caption]