Gritzyuk Nikolai Demianovitch was born in 1922 at Preobrazhenka village in the Far East.
Graduated from the Art faculty of the Moscow Textile Institute in 1951.
Member of the USSR Union of Artists since 1955. Chairman of the Novosibirsk Union of Artists in 1964-66.
In 1969 Gritzyuk was a delegate to the Third Congress of Artists of USSR.
Member of the all-Soviet Union Water Colors Committee of the Union of Artists of USSR - 1966-1971.
Participated in numerous Soviet and International exhibitions since 1953.
The Bhaja Caves of Maharashtra, India.
Bhaja contains about 29 rock-cut caves, which date back to the 2nd century BCE, and is described by the Archaeological Survey of India to be “one of the important Buddhist centres of Hinayana faith in Maharashtra.”
A prominent features of Bhaja is Cave 12, a chaitya-griha, pictured in the final photo, which is considered one of the earliest of its kind. The stupa at the back of the large apsidal hall was used for worship. Cave 20 contains a group of stupas, which were built in memory of deceased monks, and probably once contained their relics.
Cave 18 was a monastery, and its verandah contains two famous sculpted reliefs. One of these (pictured in the 2nd photo) is located to the left of the door. This artwork depicts a person riding an elephant (thought by some to be Indra) who carries an ankusa (elephant goad), with attendants aside the figure, carrying a banner. The second relief shows a royal personage aside two women. The royal figure (who some identify as Sun god Surya), rides a chariot driven by four horses, and appears to be trampling a demon-like figure.
My work for Playing Arts. I posted previews of this before but I never got to upload the final piece. Playing Arts is a poker card set produced by Digital Abstracts. Each card is uniquely illustrated by an artist. It’s an honor to be part of it! There are so many amazing artists in the lineup that the experience felt elusive. My card is the 5 of Clubs. The printing and material is top notch — it’s waterproof, I think! You can visit the website to check out all the artists and to purchase a set. They ship worldwide!