Soviet artist Oleg Leonidovich Lomakin
Soviet artist Oleg Leonidovich Lomakin (26 August 1924 – 25 March 2010) – Honored Artist of the RSFSR, member of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists. Laureate of Stalin Prize of the second degree (1950) – for the painting “The advanced people of Moscow Kremlin” and a series of paintings “The noble people of Moscow” (co-author), Stalin Prize of the third degree (1952) – for the painting “The meeting of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences” and portraits of Soviet scientists. Oleg Leonidovich Lomakin was born August 26, 1924 in Tver province. After the family moved to Leningrad, he studied in the local art school, then in the City Palace of the pioneers, and in 1940 he was accepted to the eighth class of the Art School at the Russian Academy of Arts.
After the start of the Great Patriotic War and the blockade Oleg Lomakin remained in Leningrad. In February 1942, together with the secondary art school was evacuated to Samarkand. The summer of 1942 he was drafted into the Red Army and oriented in the anti-aircraft artillery school, after which he made battles at Kursk, where he was seriously wounded. Demobilized with disability, in the rank of corporal. He was awarded the Order of the Great Patriotic War, 2nd degree, medals “For Courage”, “For Victory over Germany”.
In 1944, Oleg Lomakin returned to studies at the Art School, which he finished in 1946. The same year he entered the first course of painting department of the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after Ilya Repin. He studied in the workshops of S. Mikhailov, M. Bernstein, VL Anisovich, AD Zaitsev, P. Ivanovsky, BV Ioganson. In 1952 he graduated from the Institute, the workshop of Boris Ioganson with the Diploma thesis – painting “Mikhail Kalinin among his fellow villagers.”
The recognized master of portraiture, Soviet artist Oleg Leonidovich Lomakin participated in exhibitions since 1952. He painted portraits, genre and historical compositions, landscapes.
A separate theme in the works of 1960-1970’s form works devoted to the life and people of the modern village. Among them, “Working in the farm”, “Spring in the Shuvalov,” “Pig” (all 1960), “On the collective farm fair”, “Portrait of a reputable fanciers N. Hyamyallyaynen” (both 1961), “Portrait of tractor driver Ivan Smirnov”, “The Milkmaid”, “mechanic” (both 1973), “Portrait of a tractor Matvienko,” “Portrait of a mechanic Smirnov”, “Portrait of a milkmaid Sidorova” (all 1975), and others.
In 1960-1980-ies Lomakin more than once appealed to the genre of the group portrait-painting, creating a series of memorable images of contemporary collective farmers. Among them, “Tractor” (1964), “A team of the Kirov Factory,” “The Wedding” (both 1975), “Workers of the Kirov Factory” (1977), “Lenin with the workers”, “Collective portrait of doctors” ( all 1980), “Builders” (1981), “pipeline welders” (1983), “Portrait of the veterans of the Great Patriotic war N. Strelkov, I. Palkin, V. Ilyin” (1984).
Oleg Lomakin was a member of the St. Petersburg Union of artists (until 1992 – the Leningrad branch of the Union of artists of the RSFSR) in 1952. In 1981 he was awarded the honorary title of Honored artist of the RSFSR. Oleg Leonidovich Lomakin died in St. Petersburg, March 25, 2010 at the eighty-sixth year of life.