Description: Amazing piece of artwork from the 1950s by Irina Lorin - see short biography below. It should be in a museum. Ceramic "tiles" create a wall mural depicting two Asian/Russian/Moroccan/Middle Eastern sword fighters/warriors facing each other. This is an incredible and unique piece of art - so colorful and vibrant - the artist was truly talented. You see the back of the warrior on the left and pieces of the warrior on the right facing you, as it is mostly'blocked' by the other warrior's body.
Silver and gold tiles were hard to photograph. The face of the warrior facing you as well as his left arm are silver with some blue embellishments - even though these areas look blue in some photos. PLEASE LOOK AT ALL PHOTOS CLOSELY. I took several photos to try to show the silver - it is very reflective and picks up the blue. The tiles are amazing - some have unique textures, many are multi-colored.We counted over 50 separate individual pieces of tile that make up this collage/mural. Some of the larger pieces look like multiple pieces with carved "grout" lines to separate the areas. The piece is signed on the right boot (facing the artwork): (c)
Inside framing is 29.5 X 39.5. This piece is framed with a nicely coordinated black contemporary frame with gold trim - professionally framed in Maryland, per the sticker on the back.
The background is a beige linen material that was wrapped on a board- the tiles were glued to the wrapped board. Condition: Overall this is a very large piece that is over 60 years old - and it is in wonderful condition. You will be amazed at its beauty and detail and fabulous colors. We looked very closely to describe all flaws... Some were found only by touch.
There is one chipped blue tile - the missing piece is a "sliver" and the void is too small to measure. The chipped tile is located in the middle left (facing the piece), below and to the left of the red and black medallion with the turquoise center that is on the back of the warrior, between the foot and the left of the sash.See the last 2 photos. The photo showing the chip was taken at an angle. The photo next to it is face on. There is also a faint hairline crack (about 1) that is below and to the right of the chip in the blue area that forms the sash - you can see it on the last 2 photos. Also, some glue is showing on the edge of a few tiles where they have slightly shifted over time.
None of these minor issues detracts from the overall beauty of the piece as a whole. Irina Lorin was Russian born and was educated in Harbin, China. Her family was relocated to Harbin by Czar Nicholas II a year before he was put to death.
She was only 5 at that time. After coming to the United States she worked at Paramount Studios with Miss Edith Head and Madame Karinska.Irina was head of accessories for Paramount and worked on such famous films as Lady in the Dark, East of Eden, and several of the Bob Hope "Road" films. Later, she moved to NYC to work with Madame Karinska, designing costumes for the New York Ballet. At the same time, Salvador Dali was designing sets for the ballet. They met and she began training under him. She opened her own studio in California in the 1950's. Her tiles are very decorative and characteristic of the 50's, with the strong influence of contemporaries such as Sorcha Boru, Mark Bellaire and Sasha Brastoff. Her work was characterized by highly styled images in bold design and color. Weight will be about 35 lbs packaged (estimate). Or buyers who are willing to drive to Maryland to pick it up. T his is a truly amazing and unique piece of art and is in remarkable condition. Our research indicates that not much of Irina's art is available or has survived the years, but there appears to be a renewed interest in this artist who also created lovely etchings. A portion of this sale goes to an animal rescue / charity organization. The item "Rare Mid Century Ceramic Tile Mural 2 Warriors Chinese Russian Irina Lorin" is in sale since Sunday, February 22, 2015. This item is in the category "Art\Other Art". The seller is "nononellie" and is located in Clarksville, Maryland.
This item can be shipped to United States.