Classical painting, Dutch still lifes, traditional folk imagery, Art Deco influences, and high fashion collide in extraordinary compositions that have brought the artistic duo Andrey Yakovlev and Lili Aleeva international recognition. Their works combine their individual talents in equal measure; Aleeva, the Art Director, designs and sets the scenes, and Yakovlev photographs them.
Composition, color, and concept are the three main components of the duo’s work. When it comes to the latter, they have a very specific approach. Playfully constructed references to art history, the translation of traditional images into modern ones – that’s what makes the works of Yakovlev and Aleeva’s so powerful.
Clear facial features and a piercing look. Dress, headscarf, and lips the same impressive shade of red. Upon first glance, the composition appears to be as simple as its name: “Girl with a Fish”. On closer inspection, however, the artists’ finesse emerges: We notice the silvery sea bream is resting on nothing less than a piece of tissue paper decorated with the famous Louis Vuitton emblem. The color, composition, and materiality are suggestive of the Russian avant-garde movement, and the image is reminiscent of Kusma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin’s “Girl in red headscarf”.
While “Girl with a Fish” impresses through its minimalist style, other works in the Gallery series are characterized by opulence. The artists present two classic beauties in silk dresses in front of a table laden with culinary delights. Facing the viewer, the models are enigmatic and mysterious. Nothing in the image is left to chance; carefully draped, the curtains and tablecloth complete the composition. The photo’s subjects evoke the paintings of Jan Vermeers and Pieter Claeszs.
The Triumph Of Form
The pieces in the Triumph Of Form series were inspired by the paintings of Tamara de Lempicka, who was renowned for her Art Deco portraits of aristocrats and members of high society in the ‘20s and ‘30s. While creating this series, Yakovlev and Aleeva perfectly incorporated de Lempicka’s highly-stylized painterly effects into their technique. Using rich materials, they emphasized the models’ seductive expressions. These works exude luxury and glamor – characteristics of the Art Deco era – which sends us on an emotional journey through time.
|1962||born in Izhevsk, Russia|
|1991||Opened his own photo studio|
|1998-present||Together with Art Director Lili Aleeva|
|Lives and works as a freelance photographer in Moscow |
|2011||Gold Medal in the Trierenberg Super Circuit|
|2006||First prize in the Moscow advertising photo contest, “Professional”|
|1990||Two awards for best photographer in the photo contest of Russian photographic artists |