Before leaving the Soviet Union in 1975 and moving to Los Angeles, Anatole Krasnyansky, had already achieved recognition as an important watercolor painter and architect. His work was embraced in Europe and the USSR and stylistically today his “Old World” imagery still remains a part of his artistic output, appearing in evocative cityscapes which focus on his architectural skills and convey a poetic mood. More recently, he created an entirely new style which embodies his Eastern European roots and yet fully embraces his new life in the United States. Anatole Kranyansky’s disciplined understanding of the relationship between sculpture, painting, the applied arts and architecture has profoundly shaped his work and his artistic philosophy. His experimentation with mediums and materials led to a technical breakthrough and allowed him to create his own artistic method, which is independent from traditional watercolor technique. Through his use of exotic textural “prepared” papers he has extended the medium’s potential and elevated watercolor to a more expressive and dynamic from of painting possessing qualities more commonly associated with oil or acrylic painting.
In his figural works which often at first appear abstract, Krasnyansky still maintains relationships to the tangible world. These images which suggest a surrealist influence rely on rigorous modernist formal considerations but still retain echoes of his Eastern European heritage. Along with his impressive fine art credentials, Krasnyansky worked as a scenic artist in motion pictures, the theatre and television. His specialized background was ideal for this demanding profession and as a lover of the baroque he incorporated the strength and fluid grace of the Baroque into his professional projects. His contemporary fine art imagery relies on extensive compositional inventiveness and fluid linear emphasis honed by his countless hours as an architectural draftsman.
A catalog raisonne of Krasnayansky’s graphic works spanning nearly five decades of his art is scheduled for publication in late 2011 or early 2012.
Selected Television and Motion Picture work:
From 1981 - Stage Art Director at Odyssey Theatre, West Los Angeles. Credits include: Productions of “Mandrake”, Machiavelli I. Dimont-K. Maurer & Ron Sossi Productions. From 1977 - Set designer at Universal Studios. Credits include: Coal Miner’s Daughter; Beatles Forever; The Blues Brothers; The Bastard; Prisoner of Zenda; The Archer; Battlestar Galactica; Condominium; Airport ’79; Gilligan’s Island and others; 1975-76 - Scenic Artist at ABC and CBS Television Studios. Credits include: General Hospital; Variety Specials for Frank Sinatra, John Denver, Bette Davis, George Burns, Olivia Newton-John; Academy Awards Shows 1976-1977 and others.
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; Park West Gallery®, Southfield, MI; Los Gatos Museum, Los Gatos, California; solo exhibitions in New York, Boston, New Orleans, Atlantic City, San Francisco, Beverly Hills, San Diego and Tokyo; Dalzell Hatfield Galleries “International Watercolor Masters” (Camille Pissaro, Leonel Feininger, Marc Chagall, Diego Rivera, Reuben Rubin, Anatole Krasnyansky, Alfredo Ramos Martinez, Francois Gilot); UCLA, Los Angeles, California