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February 4, 2009 > Joy and inspiration at the Phantom Art Gallery

Joy and inspiration at the Phantom Art Gallery

By Dustin Findley

Dmitry Grudsky has paintings and mosaics on display at the Phantom Art Gallery. The artist also teaches at Fremont Adult School, Oakland Adult School, Sunnyvale Adult School, and at the Berkeley Adult School.

He visits places like community centers and various senior residences daily. He "found a lot of joy and inspiration there, painting portraits and figures, and characters. And that is the main subject of my paintings" of the Milpitas show. The show is mostly about seniors, the main subject for his paintings for the last couple of years.

The painting of tree sitters does not fit the main theme of seniors exactly, but the subject was influenced by seniors. Dmitry was closely following the environmental activity of young people against tree cutting in Berkeley. The residents of Berkeley called the movement "Berkeley Grandmothers," who supported the young people, feeding them, and defending them. In the painting Dmitry tried to describe the spirit of the movement, young people fighting for the environment. This painting is surrounded by portraits of seniors.

Dmitry mostly paints, and does mosaics as well. Even mosaics start "from the painting or drawing" he said. "You have to imagine it first in a graphic medium on the paper in 2 dimensions, and then you move on to the material... selecting the material and technical approach."

The main difference is that mosaics are made from a hard material, like stones or tiles, or marble. Mosaics have the same artistic value as paintings. Dmitry has three mosaics in this show, 2 of them three dimensional and sculptural, one of them two dimensional. The idea of having the mosaics is to show the public something about the medium, and act as an example of the material the artist is working with. The mosaics will show the public the "process of working, how the artist works, what material he uses, "

The official opening of the show was on January 26. Dmitry explained that City officials, arts commissioners, members of city council attended and introduced the artist. He spoke with the public, who asked him questions and discussed different aspects of the art making process.

About 50 people attended the opening reception, including students, friends, and colleagues of Dmitry.

The show will be on display at the Phantom Art Gallery until March. The gallery is located inside the Milpitas Community Center at 457 East Calaveras Blvd., in Milpitas, or call (408) 586-3286.

Dmitry is looking for opportunities to work with the community, architects, and art departments to create public art installations or murals of mosaics or sculptures in public places.

Visit for more information about the artist.

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