Watercolor is Manana Tumanishvili’s favorite work material. She creates landscapes and still lifes, images of animals, and portraits of peoples. Human feelings are expressed with amazing intensity – joy, sadness, fear. She uses ink as well – dripped and absorbed in the paper. There are shapes the figures emerging from the depth of the dark tones, which then transfer into light toned spots. Emotional views of European cities or the lively, loving atmosphere of the old Tbilisi streets; boundless space of the sea; massive rocks against the background of a dark blue sky, and at the crossroads of the earth evoke a feeling of sadness and homelessness in a person; colorfulness erupting from flower bouquets; the dim space covered with the setting sun rays of the darkened world. Nudes in the artist’s work occupy a significant niche. The artist uses mixed techniques along with watercolors. Using various paints and techniques (pastel, gouache, ink, monotype) she enhances the soft or solid shapes of the living body desirably. Sometimes the transparency of the watercolor is replaced by pastosity. Figures or shapes of objects with coloured spots emanate from depths of darkness. Manana Tumanishvili has been passing on her talent, knowledge, and experience to the new generation since 1966: She teaches art history at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and shares her experience of working with complex watercolor techniques with novice artists. Since 1968 she has been actively participating in exhibitions in Georgia and abroad.
Date of Birth1940Share