Creating paintings without canvas and brushes is like playing a computer game. Move
forward, sideways, and then forward again, and what’s there around the corner? It feels
like walking around a new Universe and choosing your stops and taking a screen-shot
of where you are. Except this Universe is born right under your fingertips and one can
change it at will.
There are two distinct approaches in Nikolay’s work. In one of them, he creates
landscapes depicting Russian nature, but a nature altered through the painter’s perspective.
It is unified with a balance of composition, color, light and shadow and comprised of
painter’s photographic themes.
His second approach is creating the landscapes of other worlds and it is impossible for one
to guess where these worlds could exist. These worlds are inhabited by strange physical
constants, unknown civilizations and life forms. Thus, the unfamiliar configurations,
different geometries, mind-boggling colors and fantasmogoria of shadow and light. In this
genre, the painter has limitless possibilities of self-expression to depict images that surface
on the subconscious level. These themes are not tangible and concrete and the viewer is
bound only by his or her own imagination in what they see.