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Forms and Figures: The Art Portfolio of Aleksander Hardashnakov

A mixed media artwork with fragmented figuresWomen In The Zone, Aquarelle, chalk pastel, latex primer, matte fixative on lamb skin

Aleksander Hardashnakov is an artist who utilizes forms and figures that borrow image-making tropes from cubism and surrealism, while at other times inventing an entirely new visual language. The artist’s works encompasses, drawing and painting, as well as sculptural installation.

A painting with panels of different colours and imageryDesperate, oil and gesso on canvas

I enjoy the fragmented style of Hardashnakov’s images. Though his works tend toward abstraction, the artist has a clear skill for figurative drawing and painting, often layering recognizable images – human, animal, and object – in compositions that render these figures difficult to recognize. The pale, sometimes earthy, often homogenous colour palettes that Hardashnakov utilizes serve to further mute the appearance of these figures. Other times, the artist deliberately leaves them unfinished or cut in half.


In a gallery space, the disparity and parallels between different works come into sharp focus. The artist’s portfolio functions less as a cohesive whole and more as a collection of separate artefacts, with a certain conceptual thread linking them loosely together.

An abstract drawing with geometric and figurative elementsNo Hands, coloured pencil, oil and acrylic on linen

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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