New images of the great steppe
Kazakh artist Armat Bektassov expresses the philosophy of the Great Steppe in his paintings. He is known in the international community for his unusual style. He tries to convey the traditional images by means of geometrical lines and show the unity of all people, religions and nations. The Kazakh traditions and culture are clearly reflected in all his paintings. His works are centered on the ‘Flower of Life’ that depicts the structure of the universe. According to the artist, it is the only image that reflects the mathematical symbol of eternity. The structure of the flower consists of hexagons where the artist transforms them into arched lines. That’s how the folk images symbolizing “Mangilik Yel”, or the Eternal Land, appear.
ARMAT BEKTASSOV, ARTIST:
- I am working on introducing the ‘Flower of Life’ into the national pattern, the Kazakh philosophy of the Eternal Land, making it the flower of the Kazakh people and the unique feature of our fine arts. If you look at the Flower, you will notice a Kazakh yurt and a Kazakh cooking pot in it.
Armat Bektassov studied the history and culture of the Great Steppe, the ancient architecture, the tribal signs of nomads and the runic alphabet for many years. He is the author of the new style in fine arts, Armatline, which is the original and unique application of the elements of the Steppe philosophy, pagan symbols and ornaments in painting. The artist’s works can be found in private collections in Europe and Asia. The artist is planning to present his works in the U.S.A. and Germany in the near future.