On His Paintings
The production of a painting begins with a pencil or ink drawing on paper, which I extrapolate from and edit as I work the canvas. First with pencil or charcoal and then with color washes done with acrylic or ink, I map the raw canvas and allow it to be ingrained with the materials. Once satisfied with the composition and balance, the surface is sealed with a clear acrylic so as to allow the use of oil based pigments. Handmade tools are used to drag, apply, scrape and blend the paint across the canvas plane. Sandpaper and rags also propel the evolution of the work. The addition and subtraction of paint are meant to act as a metaphor for the intentions and motives for which the paintings are based.
In this show, Powerful colors juxtaposed judiciously may produce a physical reaction or conversely, softer hues may calm and tranquilize. The Paintings here are more like events: each has its own color system designed to manifest a range of feelings and sometimes sounds that shift according to previously personal experiences.
Collections and Special Exhibitions
In addition to exhibiting in New York, Washington D.C. Chicago, New Mexico, Boston and Florida, Mr. Petrov’s work can be found in the collections of The Cooper Hewitt Museum, The Four Seasons Hotel, The Fairmont Hotel, and the Segal Corporation, to name a few. He has most recently been selected to be the honored Visual Artist at the esteemed Music@Menlo festival in Silicon Valley, California. Menlo's 2016 season will be titled "Russian Reflections" and will present concerts of chamber music by Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Scriabin – Mr. Petrov’s work will be on exhibit there from July 15 – August 6, 2016.