ALMATY – Member of the Union of Artists of Kazakhstan, Orazbek Yessenbayev, whose personal exhibition “Kobyznama” was recently displayed at the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, employs many artistic mediums – drawing, graphic design, sculpting and painting. This time, in November, the artist presented personal works made in a lesser known manner – silk painting – with a ballpoint pen.
It turns out that the master artist can create beautiful works of art with a simple pen. Art experts are calling this the birth of a new chapter in the history of Kazakh graphic art. Even more surprisingly, Yessenbayev is able to combine the past, present and future into his work.
The exhibition includes thirty works of his such as “Tomiris,” “Beybarys,” “Wounded Alexander the Great near the Syrdarya,” “Kokpar” and “Shanyraq,” which depict the rich world of Kazakh ethnography and immerse viewers in the world of legendary historic characters. His pictures “Blue Wolf”, “Kozy – Korpesh – Bayan Sulu”, “Attila” and “Korkyt” educate and amaze with their unusual styles.
Yessenbayev began his creative development in a Kyzylorda studio. Now, he works at the Symbat Academy of Design and Technology. His unique vision of the Kazakh culture, love for his native land and the history of his people are transferred from his works to his students. His new method of silk painting clearly says that Yessenbayev, who participates in many international, national and regional exhibitions and whose works are found in museums and private collections alike, is not resting on his laurels, but rather remaining active in his creative journey.
Silk painting with ballpoint pens requires strong skills, plasticity, precision and expert knowledge of detail, which are all manifested in his work. The exhibition interested not only the public and his colleagues, but also publishers interested in using these images in books.