With so much art on the Web (Yahoo lists over 2000 individual
artists), we're definitely lacking good indices. Plain link lists
abound, but are of little use, comprehensive databases are few and far
in between, and focused thematic directories are almost
non-existent. This is an attempt at creating a useful directory.
To be fair, we present the list in a random order, which is new every
time you reload the page. The two "featured artists of the moment" are
also selected randomly every time the page is reloaded.
To be focused, we list only contemporary oil painters with their own
Web sites. We hope that the list will be of a manageable size,
while still remaining useful. We chose oil just because we wanted to
narrow the scope, and listing our sister sites was a natural choice.
Additionally, filtering based on keywords will help
people looking for something specific, such as serene seascapes or
Meet the authors of this site: my wife, artist Maria
Kazanskaya and myself, physicist and programmer Dmitrii Manin. We are Russian and currently live
in San Francisco Bay Area.
This site is located at the largest Russian entertainment server, Chertovy Kulichki. The name is a
Russian idiom meaning approximately "in the middle of nowhere", and
literally "at the Devil's pierogi party". If you read Russian, you
most probably know the site very well, otherwise you probably won't
find anything useful there.