DMITRII VOLKOV ARTIST BLACKSMITH

Dmitrii Volkov is a metal sculptor and jeweler with over 20 years of design and fabrication experience in wrought iron, silver, copper, bronze, wood, and glass. He was born and educated in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. In 1993, he received his M.F.A. in Art Design and Book Illustration from The Nicholas Roerich Art School. In 2000, he graduated from The Schtieglitz State Academy of Art and Industry with an M.F.A. in Metalworking and Jewelry. Mr. Volkov’s career achievements started while he was yet a student with the first-place award at the Young Jewelers’ Competition held in St. Petersburg on the 150th anniversary of Carl Fabergé. As a metal artisan, Dmitrii was selected for the restoration of the 18th century Catherine the Great Palace in the environs of Saint Petersburg, part of the UNESCO heritage site since 1991. In 2007-9, Mr. Volkov designed and fabricated the rooftop crosses, iconostatis, and the entire set of of liturgical objects for the newly constructed St.Nicholas Church 30 miles south-west of Saint Petersburg. In 2018, Mr. Volkov became a U.S. permanent resident. He is now available for commission-based work anywhere in the United States. His versatile skills and proven experience make him a confident purveyor of lasting beauty for the interior and exterior of a house, work area, or community space.
Statement
In my work I focus on combinations of volumes, patterns, colors or all together. They should interact, agree or disagree with each other. Listening to this conversation and forming this relationship are the most exciting things in art. Volumes often interact within a piece of art through crossing facets or absence of facets, polished planes and projecting parts as well as escape to the deep dark cavities and hollows. At times an object can be seen as a human, partially imperfect but constantly striving for perfection. I always treat objects and parts of objects as humans or groups of humans being unique individuals. My favorite material is carbon steel. It proves amazingly deep in case of natural treatment, i.e. waxing, polishing, and patination. It is oxidation ability that makes carbon steel far richer than precious metal in terms of its expressive properties. Traditionally, it is considered to be a disadvantage, yet indeed is a benefit due to the fact that kind of makes up for what the painter did not paint thau making a piece of art beautiful and expressive.

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