Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Cartoonist Alexey Talimonov

In September 1991, I met Alexei Talimonov, an international renowned cartoonist and illustrator. He was in Canada heading a delegation of six men associated with the Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana."

We travelled to Durham, Ontario for a special meeting with the Tolstoy Society of Canada (dissolved in 1994). On September 21, I interpreted for a CBC documentary about the delegation and their view of 'the future of farming' for the program Andrienne Clarkson Presents. In Ottawa we met with the Art Director of the National Gallery of Canada.

I met him again in the fall of 1992, when I traveled to Tula, Russia, where Alexei was director of the publishing and printing company Lev Tolstoy. Alexei reprinted the 1900 edition of Vladimir Tchertkoff's Christian Martyrdom in Russia: Persecution of the Doukhobors. The Preface was written by myself and Larry A. Ewashen and published as a Spirit Wrestlers Associates publication (1993).

Alexei, his wife Nila, and two daughters (Lubov and Nina) migrated to England in 1994 and estblished careers. Daughter Lubov Talimonova (1971-2011) was an exceptionally talented painter, writer and illustrator of childrens' books. One of her paintings, 'Space. Aries Constellation', was taken onto the space station MIR, bearing the stamp of the station's astroauts' signatures on the back.

Ukrainian-born Alexei Talimonov is a successful and award-winning cartoonist and illustrator. He is a member of The Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain and the FECO. Alexey has exhibited his works worldwide. His cartoons have been published in newspapers and magazines since 1978. Five books of his cartoons were published in Russia, Ukraine and UK. Also Alexey has illustrated several books.
The meat grinder

More then 5,000 of his drawings have been published in various newspapers and magazines in the UK, Russia, Ukraine, USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Iran, China and other countries. Amongst the British periodicals publishing his works are The Lancet, New Statesman, The Oldie, The Spectator, Prospect, Ethical Consumer Magazine, Writers’ Forum, Music Teacher and others.

In Russia Alexei Talimonov’s cartoons have been published in the leading newspapers and magazines of the country, such as Izvestiia, Pravda, Trud, Literaturnaia Gazeta, Krokodil, Zdorov’e, Argumenty i Fakty and others. Alexei Talimonov regularly participates in international exhibitions and contests. He himself is well known for his support of artists in Russia and other countries of the CIS. In 1994 Alexey Talimonov was awarded the International Goncharov Award as "The Patron of Arts".

See more of Alexey Talimonov's extensive collection of cartoons at

Update 2014: Talimonovs in Tula video

Talimonovs are featured in a Tula repatriation promotional video: Путь домой. Тульская область (The Way Home. Tula oblast. Russian, 26 min. Jul. 30, 2014).

Video frame from daughter's memorial exhibit, Moscow, 17 Dec. 2013.

The video explanations the process for ex-patriot Russians to move to Tula. Examples of 2 families: Talimonovs (from UK, Great Britian) and Dvornikovs (from Kazakhstan). Interview with Aleksey's Nila (min. 3 to 7:40). Meet their grand kids, a friend, see their new home and one next door under construction for their daughter. Meet the Dvornikovs. Back to Talimonovs (min 10:32 to 12:20) at late daughter Liubov's memorial gallery show at the Moscow N.K Roerich museum (Музей имени "Н.К. Рерихa"). (Gallery album) How Tula will reimburses travel expenses for people wishing to relocate. A Narrated tour of historical buildings, life in Tula, museums and the Tula samovar and pryaniki (gingerbread).

Tour the Lev Tolstoy Estate-museum grounds (min 20:06 to 21:00) named "Yasnaya Polyana." Meet Galina Alekseeva, Head of the Research Department, who also collaborated with the Doukhobor Discovery Centre, Castlegar, BC. View a dairy farm, modern factory, medical clinic, and job placement office. Wage and job opportunities explained, and cost of living and housing averages shown. Happy Talimonovs shown at end (min 24:58 to 25:19).

Video of art by Liubov Talimonova: "Светлая Берегиня" ("Light Keeper"). Update, April 10, 2016: A new Cultural Center Gallery was opened in the village of Freedom in Shchekino district Tula region, Russia, June 4, 2016 in honour of Liubov.


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