We had the good fortune of connecting with Oleg Tsank and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Oleg, why did you pursue a creative career?
Ever since I’ve picked up a drawing pencil аnd the artist’s brush, I developed an unshakable interest in fine art. I know that my close friends usually think that art begins by looking at a painting, but for me it was different. I enjoyed the creative process and that is what took me on this adventure in my life. At first, when I was in elementary school, art did not have the same attraction. I was given an ordinary colored pencil and told, no, ordered, to draw when given a prompt, and this left me utterly uninspired. Only when I began to sculpt did the experience stoke a fire in my soul. From there I moved towards oil painting, which is also a very tactile experience. In those early years, drawing and painting became indispensable to me, so I focused my attention on art exclusively. Art gave me calm, meditation, direction, inspiration, and an escape from the noise and the mundane aspects of what sometimes seems like a very cruel world.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I pursue the refinement of the art styles during the early 20th century, a time when enlightened realism gave way to a modern, surreal, sublime, existential, personal subjective sensitivity in oil painting. Students of art would call this “Expressionism.” I am a professional oil painter, proficient in drawing as well. I like to believe that the majority of people are able to notice the persistent inconsistencies in living things and inanimate objects, if the artist can only bring them to the surface.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would begin the sightseeing in Balboa Park, a historic area filled with striking architecture, a variety of museums, and attractions. While exploring the Park and the surrounding area, we would visit the Timken Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art. Both museums can inspire people who are immersed in art culture and novices, too. On the way, we would browse the botanical garden, tour the Spanish Village, the International Cottages, and enjoy the paintings from local artists. The Birch Aquarium in La Jolla allows you to witness the marine life, up close. The next day I’d take you to tour the world-famous Sea World. The following day, I’d want to admire the majestic land animals roaming freely at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, an unforgettable experience. In the springtime, I’d go on a drive to the Flower Fields on the Carlsbad ranch, a vivid sensation kindled by living kaleidoscopic colors. Concluding the San Diego visit, we’d venture out to La Jolla cove, gazing at the vast ocean views, and the stirring scenery. This town offers plenty of breathtaking views, a variety of international cuisines, and compelling cultural attractions. Undoubtedly, San Diego is an impressive place to visit, and a splendid place to live in.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am infinitely grateful to my parents, Leo and Stella, for supporting my artistic pursuits since the beginning. I am especially thankful to Pat White, my teacher, and friend, who taught me drawing, and I am sincerely indebted to Deborah Babylon, an accomplished painter, who taught me oil painting. A hat tip to Mike Eskenazi, my excellent friend, editor, critic, and advisor.