Description of the artwork «Sailors»
The picture can be considered as a generalized-monumentalized pair portrait - a genre often found in the mature work of Guryanov. Here, the author manages to combine a compositional solution reminiscent of memorable "demobilic" photographs with the representation of heroes from a lower point of view, which gives them the character of a monumental sculpture. The work was performed in a technique typical of the artist, combining graphite with acrylic, which allows to achieve maximum expressiveness of volume and completeness of form. “Sailors” can, of course, be assessed as one of the most important program works of Guryanov of the 2000s, outstanding in its formal merits and fundamental to the general characteristics of St. Petersburg art of this period.