The art work contained in the Primitive Portfolio are the first images created by Eugene Vishnevsky when he just started drawing. According to the artist, his style, black and white symbolic primitivism, appeared in 1985, and is close in relation to the ancient Chinese tradition of telling stories in the form of pictures rather than words.
This project was triggered by the idea of publishing the “Parallel-Drawn” Bible (not just illustrated Bible). In other words, translating the Bible from written or verbal into visual, symbolic language. The following sources: the Canonic Bible (Old and New Testaments), Judaic-Christian mythology, interpretations of Jewish mysticists, Christian Gnosticism – are used in an attempt of coding and conservation of the archetypes using a “different language” of symbolic primitivism, which is the most universal in terms of understanding of all racial, ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds. More than 300 works of art created by Eugene Vishnevsky can be perceived as the “free-illustrated” Bible, or as an attempt of “new materialization” of the known Biblical archetypes.
Eugene Vishnevsky’s art work contained within his New Archetypes Portfolio are the images created during the last years. Vishnevsky’s artistic style has changed as he started utilizing more colors in addition to his traditional black and white. These archetypal images combine the spiritual and profane, science and mysticism, the seen and unseen and represent a future that accepts the past by reinventing it.