Sergey Chernomorets

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Sergey Chernomorets (center).
"Blues in Red", by Sergey Chernomorets, 2009.


Sergey Chernomorets was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1961. At the age of five he was declared to be a child prodigy by renowned Russian artist Egorov. By age seven his works had been exhibited in prestigious galleries in Russia, Germany, and Italy. Sergey was granted a full four year scholarship to the Odessa Art School. Thereafter, he was granted a four year scholarship to Art State University where he received his B.A. Upon graduating, Sergey became the youngest ever Senior Designer for the Bureau of Technical Aesthetics and Design. In that capacity his primary responsibility was to paint portraits of high ranking military officers, communist party members as well as members of the politbureau. Many of those paintings still hang in government buildings throughout the former Soviet Union.

In 1996, Sergey came to the U.S. to assume the position as Art Director for Wolf Company. He also has done work for the Dallas Theater Center and Showcrafters, Inc. all the while continuing to create his personal art. His talent and versatility are reflected in the progression of his works and their varied styles. In 2003 he entered into a licensing agreement with International Galleries, Inc., the foremost dealer in giclee reproductions of original art. Within months he became IGI’s best selling artist out of a universe of more than 650 artists. Since the demise of IGI, Sergey has concentrated on commission assignments.

Sergey was referred to as a “storyteller with a brush,” by acclaimed Russian artist Vasilyev. His works encompass the entire gambit from abstract to portraitures so realistic the viewer almost expects the subject to speak. Sergey can imitate any of the great masters with such precision that only an expert can distinguish his work from the originals. Just as Sergey is proficient in every category of art, he is likewise a master of the various contemporary mediums: water color, oils, and acrylic.

His philosophy that “art should be as infinite as the universe and the artist should dissolve his heart, mind, and soul into each work” translates to what can only be described as modern masterpieces.

"Return to Fantasy", Paintings by Sergey Chernomorets

Sergey Chernomorets, an artist from Ukraine who now lives in Dallas, has received considerable praise for his artwork ever since he started painting at a young age.

Early on, prominent figures from the art world of Russia began to pay attention to the imaginative artwork by the young creator who, by the age of five, had been declared a child prodigy and, by age seven, had been given assignments to exhibit his paintings in Russia, Germany and Italy. With an extraordinary academic and professional career, Mr. Chernomorets became a highly accomplished artist that captured the interest and recognition of the public, the critics, and other artists, who often referred to him as a "storyteller with a brush."

Mr. Chernomorets has lived in Dallas since 1996 when he was hired to work as the Art Director for the renowned theater set designer, Peter Wolf. He also worked for the Dallas Theater Center and Showcrafters, Inc., as he continued to create his personal artwork.

Return to Fantasy is a collection of more than twenty oil paintings that express the artist's interest in color, symbolism, architecture, movement, literature, music, beauty, and design. His works encompass the entire gambit from abstract to portraiture so realistic that the viewer almost expects the subject to speak. His intricate designs are evocative of scenes from a theatrical performance on the stage, full of human interaction, interesting lighting, high drama, and a captivating story unfolding before the viewer's eyes.


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Osage Warrior in the Enemy Camp by Sculptor John Free. Seeking to attain his tribe's highest war honor by touching his enemy. This action among indigenous peoples is called "Counting Coup".
Osage Warrior in the Enemy Camp by Sculptor John Free. “Osage Warrior in the Enemy Camp” is a bronze created by Osage Artist John Free. The bronze, eight feet high and twelve feet long) was enlarged to 1-1/4 life size through the efforts of John Free of the Bronze Horse foundry in Pawhuska and Hugh Pickens. Pictured (L-R): Hugh Pickens, Executive Director of Pickens Museum and Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear of the Osage Nation.
Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman by Artist Daniel Pickens. “Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman” is a mural painted by fine artist Daniel Pickens. Daniel was born in Lima, Peru in 1974 and is currently living in Stockholm, Sweden. This mural is at our Ponca City location.
“"War Club" by Native Artist Yatika Starr Fields was recently acquired from Garth Greenam Gallery to Pickens Museum. Personal and social struggle have long been integral to the artist’s practice. After joining the Water Protectors at the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016, Fields increasingly centered the Indigenous history of hope and struggle in his work, particularly in his studio practice. In his 2017 series, Tent Metaphor Standing Rock, Field recovered tents after the infamous February 22, 2017 police raid on the protesters. The artist recombined the vivid tenting material—the mainstay of middle-class camping holidays that has become an icon of homelessness and protest movements—into traditional Indigenous patterns, anti-pipeline slogans, and into dynamic, compelling abstract compositions. As in his graffiti works, Fields blurs the line between abstraction and representation, creating stylistic compositions out of recognizable elements, and setting them against dynamic, swirling fields of color and twisting forms. The works blur the boundaries between political polemic and abstraction, between distress, resistance and hope.
Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman by Artist Daniel Pickens. Our mural "The Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman" is located in City Central at our Ponca City location.
Doctor Pickens Museum of Turquoise Jewelry and Art. Pickens Museum displays art works at NOC Tonkawa campus. Pictured (L-R): Dr. Cheryl Evans, NOC President, Hugh Pickens, Executive Director of Pickens Museum, and Sheri Snyder, NOC Vice President for Development and Community Relations. (photo by John Pickard/Northern Oklahoma College) This art is at our Tonkawa location
Native American Artist Yatika Starr Fields Completes Mural for Pickens Museum.
The World's Largest Naja. Future location of Pickens Museum on Route 60 and "U" Street West of Ponca City
Architectural Renderings of Pickens Museum.
Aerial View from East of Future location of Pickens Museum along Route 60 at "U" Street West of Ponca City
Display of Turquoise Jewelry.
Drum player by Allan Houser. This stone carving is part of the collection at Pickens Museum.
"Red Man" by Native American Artist Fritz Scholder. Pickens Museum Director Hugh Pickens on right.
Osage Warrior in the Enemy Camp.
Native American Jewelry Artist Tonya Rafael with a silver frame she created to honor my wife Sr. S.J. Pickens. My wife and Tonya worked together over the years creating new jewelry art pieces. My wife had an eye for color and would often design a spectacular piece and ask Tonya to execute it for her. A skilled silversmith, Tonya would sometimes stay in our guest house, set up a workshop, and work for days at a time on a Squash Blossom, Bolo, or Bracelet my wife commissioned. The piece is a silver picture frame that Tonya cut out of thick silver plate. Around the edge of the picture frame are 95 small turquoise stones. In the top is a large spiny oyster stone in the shape of a heart. The frame contains a photo that Tonya took of my wife a few years ago. Dr. Pickens is wearing one of her favorite outfits and if you look closely you can see a special squash blossom and necklace that Tonya created for my wife. In the bottom of the frame is an inscription.
Native American Artist Jolene Bird. Jolene Bird is an accomplished artist who learned her craft from her grandfather over 20 years ago. Jolene makes her jewelry in the tradition of the Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico. This is a Fender Stratocaster guitar onto which Jolene has attached pieces of Kingman and Sonoran Turquoise highlighted with Jet. The stars are in Abalone, Mother of Pearl, Pipestone, Yellow Serpentine, and Spiny Oyster. The artistry in this piece is simply breathtaking and has to be seen to be believed. Consider that this is a three dimensional mosaic, a three dimensional jigsaw puzzle if you will. Jolene told me that each individual piece of turquoise had to be cut, shaped, and ground down to fit perfectly with the other pieces. Each individual piece probably took six to eight hours to produce and there are literally hundreds of pieces covering the guitar.
American Indian by Paul Manship This piece at Pickens Museum is the only known existing copy of this sculpture.
Painting by Peruvian Artist Josue Sanchez. Photo Credit: Hugh Pickens Pickens Museum

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