August 6 & 7
10 am-4 pm
@ Townsend Atelier
Back by popular demand, this two-day workshop will teach the basics of painting the portrait in oils from life. It is a good practice to have short amount of time for a head study. Limited time will give students a chance to challenge themselves in ability to paint more directly and fearlessly like Repin, Zorn, Sorrolla and Sargent, etc. Being taught in the Russian Academic technique, Timur was taught a lot of different concepts for portraiture. One of them was a fast or quick portrait painting. This idea has stuck with Timur and has helped him become a more efficient painter and allowed him to make his paintings look more “alive”.
Born in Vladikavkaz, the territory where Southern Russia meets Chechnya in 1983, Timur lived with his family until moving from the region during the conflict of 1991. After moving to St. Petersburg Timur began attending the St. Petersburg Iagonson Fine Art School at the age of twelve, where many of the professors studied at the Repin Academy of Fine Arts. While living in Russia Timur also received private tutoring from Nikita Fomin, son of Piotr Fomin.
After graduation, Timur immigrated to Chattanooga Tennessee to live with his father, Daud Akhriev and stepmother Melissa Hefferlin, who are also Russian trained artists. In Chattanooga, Timur attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga studying in the Fine Arts program. In 2005 to further his education Timur moved to Florence Italy to study at the Florence Academy of Art and Charles Cecil Studios of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture for two years. Today, Timur splits his time between the US and Europe. He is skilled in painting all genres of work and is a regular instructor at Townsend Atelier