At the mountain
Boris Hohonov and Natasha Hohonova are husband and wife artists from Ekaterinburg (Ural zone in Russia). Although they paint separately, working together they developed the unique art project ‘Ural Petro Art’. Ural Petro Art is a technique in which Boris and Natasha take the inspiration for their paintings from patterns in the slivers of minerals and precious stones they personally select and embed in their paintings. The art of engraving on stone is rooted deep in the Ural culture, but the idea to combine the traditional technique of painting with thin sections of natural Ural stone is a first. The rough stone is sliced into thin fragments that are carefully polished and affixed onto the canvas in a special way. Here the stone is the tuning fork. The unique pattern of the stone, unsullied by man, becomes the epicentre of the forthcoming painting. At the junction of canvas, paint and stone an unexpected phenomenon of art is born. The artists neither argue with nature nor copy it – they accompany it, creating at the same time their very own and unusual work. Nature becomes a co-author, being a competent participant in the creative process.