Sergei Temerev, watercolors by this architect born in Siberia
Sergei tells us his background,
“I was born in Kiselyovsk in Western Siberia in 1963, and spent my childhood in Mariupol – the industrial and port city on Azov coast of the Ukraine. When I was fifteen years old I thought seriously about being a sailor but all the same made my choice in favor of art.
I passed the exams and entered the Secondary Art School under the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. I continued my studies at the architectural faculty of the Repin’s Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture under the Academy of Arts of the USSR.
I received a diploma of architect in 1989 and went to Vyborg, a small town on the border between Russia and Finland together with my wife with whom we were married during our students’ life. In Vyborg we started working in the architectural bureau and devoted much time to this fascinating profession.
The beauty and charm of this Northern region struck me and became the inspiration for many of my watercolors. And we are living in this wonderful town up to the present time. My first watercolor personal exhibition took place in Vyborg in the famous building of the Aalto Library in 1993.
Since then there were held five personal exhibitions and I participated in about fifty collective Russian and International exhibitions. One of the most important and remarkable for me was my personal exhibition in the St. Petersburg State Art & Industrial Academy after the name of Alexander Stieglitz in 2008.
I began to teach in the State Art & Industrial Academy in 2003 and now I am an Associated Professor. I am a member of Russian Union of Artists and St. Petersburg Watercolor Artists Society.”
This is his statement on watercolor
“I paint with watercolor. Probably it is the main thing or maybe it’s not, but I think the presence of water is quite important item in most of my works. I paint clouds or fog, frosty mist of winter or summer day’s haze, sea waves or foam on the shore. I like to look at the water.
But however, not less than a pleasure, this quiet contemplation for me is the effort to seize a moment to consider and to remember some things. Those things that never cease to amaze me: the golden edges of the clouds, the blue color in a break in the clouds, the color of the sky in a frosty morning or the strange pattern of shadows in the street at night. And one more thing that never ceases to amaze me and gives me the inspiration to work – the numbers of variants which watercolor technique can provide when I attempt to portray these things.
I rarely paint my watercolors au-plain-air. Basically most of my work begin with sketches. I paint on wet paper and try to finish the session before full drying of paper. I use different brands of watercolor paper. At present I quite often use the Russian paper Goznak, which is good. But for many years I have used Arches and Saunders Waterford 300grm paper brands.”