Lighthouses are very special places in the world. They are meant to provide light for those ships which are looking for their path in the dark. For me, the lighthouse is a symbol of hope in a first place. At the same time, it is a symbol of loneliness: the lighthouses are located in the remote places, often in a harsh environment with almost no people around except the light keeper.
This painting has been inspired by a real lighthouse. The Aniva lighthouse was built by the Japanese in 1939, on a chunk of rock off the southern coast of Sakhalin, a thin 950 km long island situated just east of Russia, between the sea of Japan and Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk. The island was largely uninhabited until the 1800’s, when both Japan and Russia became interested in annexing it; the Russians for use as a penal colony.
Now the Aniva lighthouse is abandoned. Its seven stories of diesel engines, accumulator rooms, keeper’s living spaces, radio facilities, storerooms, large clockwork pendulum (for regulating optical system), and 300kg pool of mercury (as a low friction rotation surface for the lens) are still, and echo only with the crash of waves against the surrounding crags.
This painting is made using highest quality oils on a stretched canvas. I will carefully wrap it to send it all over the world using registered mail with tracking number.
This artwork was hand painted using premium oil paints (Mussini, Old Holland, Michael Harding, Williamsburg, etc).
The artwork will be supplied with the signed and stamped certificate of authenticity.
It is ready to hang and comes on a stretched canvas with the edges painted.
The painting will be carefully packed to ensure it arrives safe to the destination.
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