Photos by G. Art by Dima Drjuchin.
I’ve been a fan of Dima Drjuchin’s art for many years and although art is subjective, I don’t see how you could not like it. In his latest exhibit, “Vision Quest,” at The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, Dima once again will blow your mind with the fantastical worlds he creates with colors and detail that will have you saying “how does he do that?!”
These pictures (which you can enlarge by clicking on them) do not do justice to the amount of detail in each work, so I encourage you to see these in person. If you’re not a huge art fan but you are into music, you might know Dima’s art from the cover art of Father John Misty’s smash debut album “Fear Fun,” which he brilliantly designed. Dima’s art is surprisingly still reasonably priced, so if you want to own one of his works, I recommend you get on it sooner rather than later.
I spoke with Dima at the opening of “Vision Quest” and I asked him 2 of my burning questions about the creation of his works. I had mentioned that if I had the rest of my life to create paintings, I could never even come close to the brilliance of one of his smaller works, let alone the big ones, so I asked for a ball park estimate of how long it takes him to create a painting. He said that some of his smaller pieces are made in a single sitting! Whoa! Also, since there is so much going on in his works, I wanted to know if each time he looks at a painting if he starts to think of ways he could change or improve (in his eyes, not ours) the painting and he said that he has an easy time separating himself from his works and once he says it’s done, it’s done. I’ve spoken with many artists over the years who can barely even look at their own paintings because they only see flaws and things they would change if they could, so I found it interesting and inspiring that sometimes there is a definitive stopping point.