Isn't it ironic that I have never heard of zentangle (and I am very up-to-date on the world of art) but Nadia Russ's concept rocked my world several years ago because she is such a visionary, looking forward to art's next part of our inevitable EVOLUTION into the21st century. Neopoprealism = Nadia Russ. It is very true that imitation is the highest form of flattery!!!!! Thank you Nadia for LEADING us to the NEXT level!!!!!
Yours in art, Francine Douaihy,
former art teacher of 33 years, who has recently been an adjunct professor in Marywood University's Art Education department, Scranton, PA
LOVE, PEACE, LIFE, ART, ENLIGHTENMENT. In the words of Capt. Kirk of Star TREK - DARING TO GO WHERE NO MAN HAS BEEN BEFORE!!!!!!!!!! That is Nadia Russ's vision! I love you!!!!!!
As a Journalist from way back, I am flabbergasted that 22 years after the birth of her style, NeoPopRealism, copycats come forth in the year 2011 with that same art with a different name [zentangle]. How can anyone have the gull to do such thing, when in 1992, Nadia Russ displayed this art at a restaurant called Letizia (NYC) and I was not only a witness, but I had written about it, among other newspapers in one called The Hellenic Times. The absurdity of it is monumental and the nerve of those who arepullingthis off absurd!
It is not good to take and use for your "zentangle" someone else's idea without permission and say that you invented this. But you could work together with Nadia Russ if she wants. I know, she is the well-known artist and if you would work with her, it would give you more success.
Nadia Russ (aka Nadejda Maloletneva) began painting in 1989. Then, she developed concept of the ‘meditation art’ and used this art form constantly as the main form of expression in her ink drawings and oil/acrylic paintings. Later, elements of the ‘meditation art’ were constantly appearing in her artwork ‘til present days and they are a part of NeoPopRealism, style of visual arts that Nadia Russ created and manifested internationally in 2003.
Concept of the “Meditation Art’
Artist draws the lines that curve into any shapes - faces, figures, flowers, any objects simple or complicated. Then, he/she fills every section with the different repetitive patterns and adds coloring if he/she wants use the color. Some spaces he/she can leave as it is, without the repetitive patterns or coloring. Artist do not use eraser if he/she makes a mistake, he/she just moves on and this error eventually disappears because of the balance with the following patterns. The repetitive patterns can be different. This art form relaxes your mind.
Samples of Nadia Russ’ work that feature meditation art:
“Russian Justice” journal,1992, Nadia Russ illustrated a story by Saho Sasadzava
Newspaper of the Moscow Union of Artists “Moscow Hudojnik”, 1993 - article about Nadia Russ (aka
Nadejda Maloletneva) features artwork which is based on meditation art concept she created. This artwork
is now in permanent collection of Konotop Museum, Ukraine.
This work, based on meditation art concept, is in permanent collection of Kinsey Institute
Nadia Russ, ink on paper, Fragment
Nadia Russ, ink on paper
Artworks that above are based on the art concept created by Nadia Russ in 1989.
More of Nadia Russ work related to this art form and to NeoPopRealism, which also often includes the elements of the meditation art can be found in Ukrainian Museum in New York City, Kinsey Institute/ Indiana University (200 ink drawings, 2 artworks on canvas and 2 glass objects), in Sumy Art Museum in Ukraine (20 ink drawings), in WEAM one glass object 4“x4“- museum in Miami (USA), in MOYA 2 ink drawings and 2 canvases - Museum of Young Art in Vienna (Austria), Konotop Museum (Ukraine) ink drawings and canvas painting and more. For other information visit http://www.nadiaruss.com
June 3, NeoPopRealism Journal sent email to "Design Originals" and Rick Roberts & Maria Thomas that said it is not appropriate to claim the inventorship of art form that, created by Nadia Russ in 1989, and publish about it in their craftsmen's books.
Same day NeoPopRealism Journal got reply from "Zentangle": "We … are unsure of what similarities you see between Nadia Russ' work and art created according to Zentangle's teaching method. We're also unsure what you mean by "meditation art"."
June 13, NeoPopRealism Journal sent to Richards and Thomas email that said all answers to their questions they can find in Nadia Russ‘ website www.nadiaruss.com, also NeoPopRealism Journal said in this email: "We have a few questions related to "Zentangle" and would like to know if you will answer them."