A selection of Durdy Bayramov's portaits
In this painting famous musician Sahy Jepbarov plays on a traditional Turkmen instrument known as a dutar: a two stringed lute made from the wood of the mulberry tree. The musician is otherwise referred to as a bagshy, which implies his status as a renowned community performer who plays Turkmen traditional songs. Jepbarov wrote over two hundred folk songs and was known nationally.
Bayramov paints musician Annagelgy Julgayev with his instrument, a traditional Turkmen gijak. Julgayev played an innovative role in the development of Turkmenistan’s national music culture. He is middle aged and has a spirituality about his face that suggests he has considerable musical experience. The musician’s fingers are long and muscular from years of dedicated practice. The most detailed part of this work is Julgayev’s face, and the viewer is drawn to it by the comparatively loose brushstrokes in his clothes and the curtain in the background.
This painting captures a Turkmen ussa; a Turkmen jeweller with his tools and equipment for creating traditional silver jewellery. In the artist’s classic style, he captures the sitter against a background of a Turkmen flat tapestry woven carpet known as a kilim. This painting is a good example of Bayramov’s use of deep and rich earth tones. The contrast and depth allows the images to pop off the picture plane and become three-dimensional. The ussa’s face gives us one of many focal points as he explains to the viewer the process of silversmithing.
Bayramov always sang great praise of his teachers, as they helped to shape his artistic practice as much as his caring personality. His first teacher, Gennady Brusentov, was the father that the artist never had. On Bayramov’s 60th birthday, he created this large painting to pay tribute to his incredible mentor. The artist paints Brusentov in his element, surrounded by paint brushes, still life objects and Turkmen vistas. He looks into the viewers eyes with an experienced gaze, which is quite fitting: Brusentov influenced an entire generation of prestigious visual artists.
Rachel M. Thomas and Tatyana Shmatlay