Igor Pantiukhov Painting, graphics

The artist was born into a family that constantly resided in Tsarskoe Selo (St. Petersburg) and had noble and aristocratic ancestors, colonels and generals, merchants and industrialists, of Russian, German, and Swedish descent. His father, Oleg Ivanovich Pantyukhov, was an officer of the Life Guards, rose to the rank of colonel, founded the Russian scouting movement, and had a passion for painting. Igor's mother, Nina Mikhailovna (nee Dobrovol'skaya), was a graphic artist by education and profession. Both parents spoke English, emigrated from Turkey to the United States in 1922, and soon established their own business - an art workshop where many white emigrants worked and where Igor gained his first professional skills. The family obtained American citizenship in the 1920s. Igor attended a private school in Manhattan with his brother Oleg. In 1927, he enrolled and graduated from the National Academy of Design in New York in 1932. During this period, he also worked as a rehearsal pianist, and being the most outstanding student at the Academy, he won the first prizes in each course/subject, prestigious annual Academy awards, and several scholarships. In the 1928 academic year, Igor won numerous prizes and victories for drawing nude bodies, figures, still lifes, and composition. In the spring of 1930, he was awarded a scholarship (The Mooney Traveling Schoolarship) for winning a competition. This grant allowed him to travel and study in France to learn from the "old masters" (in Russian, these are great medieval painters) and the "school of French impressionism". He painted his first high-quality portraits at the age of 17-19. From 1935 to 1937, he attended public lectures and the studio-school of Hans Hofmann, a legendary pedagogue from Europe, a theorist, and a teacher of a new generation of artists - surrealists and future expressionists. Hofmann's students noted that Igor often argued and debated with him about the essence, paths, and future of art. Igor lived together with Lena Krasner, a student at the National Academy of Design and a student of Hofmann, from 1928/29 to 1938/39. They did not have any official marriages or children.Igor did not have this. In 1941, Lena (Leonore, Lenor) adopted the male name "Lee" and with this name entered the history of 20th century painting. She was very weak and lagging behind as a student in the Academy. But 10 years of life with Pantiukhov and then 10 years of life with Jackson Pollock made their mark. From 1957 onwards, she began to grow as an artist (including her inherited wealth from Pollock, plus natural persistence, energy, etc.); in the 1970s, her growth increased even more; after her death in 1984 - even more...; and in the 2000s, prices for some of her paintings (a mixture of surrealism and abstraction) reached 2, 3, and more million dollars. From 1933 to 1936, Igor was fascinated by "Modernism". His series "Ventilator" gained great recognition. In 1938, Igor abruptly left Krasner and traveled across America to California to become - as Krasner put it - an outstanding portraitist. Later, Krasner married Jackson Pollock (1945), the founder, head, and most expensive artist of abstract expressionism. The third book about her was published in 2011. From 1939 to 1957, Igor Pantiukhov painted his famous series of real portraits of very wealthy and well-known people (mostly women): Sir Thomas Lipton, Katerina Clay Sullivan, the Great Princess of Monaco, Prince Anthony Drexel, Mrs. James Forrestal, Laura Rockefeller, Benson Ford, Madame Suung, Miss Elis Faden, and others. Since 1945, Igor has increasingly worked in the genres of "modern art". The 14-year period (1958-1972) until Igor's death is interesting and prolific. He works very successfully in two directions: Surrealism and Abstract Portraiture. From the 1950s onwards, Igor plays a major role in the so-called "jet set"/ "reactive group" of artists and performers in Hollywood, New York, West Palm Beach (Florida), and Provincetown (Massachusetts). Many celebrities and wealthy individuals in the USA and the world wholeheartedly acquire his works and display them in their private home galleries alongside the works of Picasso, Dali, Magritte, and other highly recognized artists. Here are some...The names of such private collectors known to you include singer Frank Sinatra, Jacqueline Kennedy, Howard Hughes, billionaire Aristotle Onassis, English writer and director Matthew Sweat, and others, including the "namesake" of the latter, contemporary American pop-rock musician Matthew Sweat, and children's and youth writer Gail Carson Levine and other famous people of our day. In abstract art in the 1960s, Igor Pantyukhov created his own internationally recognized style called ABGI: "abstract big-eyed art." With the style of "ABGI," Igor fought against the tastelessness and vulgarity of American advertising, children's film industry, fashion, and trends of those years, bringing "Beauty," soul, harmony, and taste to them, and also had a great artistic and ideological influence on a host of American and European artists, as well as on commerce. Companies signed contracts with him and obtained the right to publish lithographs of his abstract portraits in mass circulation (period 1967 - 1977). Igor's art in the "ABGI" style significantly influenced contemporary writer Gail Carson Levine, whose books about "princesses," "little angels" for children and youth were published in mass circulation in the USA, as well as British writer and Hollywood film director Matthew Sweat. Igor's paintings were bought by serious galleries such as Valley Findlay. During his lifetime, Igor sold original paintings for prices ranging from $500 to $1,000 in the 1960s, which today is equivalent to $10,000 and above. At a Sotheby's auction, his portrait of Catherine Sullivan was sold for $9,000 - $10,000 in 1993 (and there is information that it was resold for $12,000 - $14,000 in 1994/5). On average, prices for the top 10-20% quality paintings by Pantyukhov reached $3,000 - $4,000, and these prices have been increasing in recent years. And as soon as the history of art is revised, the prices of Igor Pantyukhov's paintings will increase significantly, according to Royalton Arts and other experts, including myself.