“Spring” at Gallery Zozimus
Spring has sprung at Gallery Zozimus with a new seasonal exhibiton. “Spring” featuring four international Russian artists; Andrey Demin, Maria Scherbinina, Svetlana Rumak and Ilya Zomb will run until March 31st 2018.
The exhibition will be launched on March 15th with light refreshments from 6pm.
Maria Scherbinina was born in an artistic family in Moscow in 1965. She is a regular exhibitor at the reputable Medici Gallery in Cork Street, London, and has contributed to a number of group shows in art galleries in Ireland and the UK. Working in her studio in Russia, she is now reaching out to an international audience. Maria Scherbinina has a light, luminous palette in her en plein air paintings, like ‘Harbour’. Scherbinina’s application of thick paint and rich colours creates her characteristic sense of movement, life and vigour.
Born in 1962 into the family of a famous Russian artist, Leonid Demin, Andrey Demin was sent as a ten-year-old to art school where, surrounded by more experienced artists, he worked mainly on paintings of still-life.
This experience influenced Andrey’s work right from the start. As he says himself: ‘I saw my first paintings even before I could walk. I communicated with professional painters even before I learnt to talk. What else could I have become, if not an artist?’ Now widely exhibited, Andrey first began displaying his work in top galleries in Mayfair, London, in the late 1990s. Andrey’s travels across the U.K., Germany, Switzerland and Ireland have influenced his landscape painting. He is particularly inspired by the beauty of the Irish landscape and by Irish mythology. As befits an artist trained in the traditional Russian impressionist style, his canvasses are swathed in light. The misty colours of the Irish countryside lend themselves perfectly to Andrey’s atmospheric depiction of nature. These serene landscapes have a wistful air of innocence.
That these beautiful paintings are straight-forward, extremely well-painted and quite accessible, perhaps contributes to Andrey’s international success. Andrey Demin’s paintings are widely exhibited and collected internationally.
Svetlana Rumak’s enigmatic work is a rich synthesis of her unique visual vocabulary with medieval Russian iconoclasm. Like medieval Orthodox icons, her people have enlarged almond eyes with an otherworldly cast and long straight noses. The elongated figures seem weightless, and float in a spiritual atmosphere of spacelessness, without mass or shadow-casting volume. Also typical of icons, Rumak juxtaposes flat figures in ornately patterned garments with more fully modelled heads. The canvases are inhabited by humans and animals rendered in an earthy palette, set against very stylized but highly textured backgrounds. Like medieval Orthodox icons, her people have enlarged almond eyes with an otherworldly cast and long straight noses. Her paintings are always filled with quotations, references to various historic times, and the subcultures of the present. The art of Svetlana is simultaneously simple and complex. Svetlana’s art is for those who love warm and soulful painting.
The bewitching paintings of Ilya Zomb depict a parallel universe, a place of strange, graceful beauty populated by a delicate cast of women and birds, attentive animals and lavish fruits and flowers. His work seems to function according to a complex logic known in its fullness only to the artist. Zomb has cultivated and honed his singular vision, fleshing out his fictional realm with unrelenting passion. While Zomb’s precise, lush, and luminous technique is akin to the style of Renaissance masters, his subject matter nods to Surrealism and to magical realist literature, which likewise integrates fabulist and fairy tale elements. Like the balletic scenes they depict, his canvases seem enchanted, preserving fleeting periods of perfect poise and weightlessness indefinitely in strokes of paint.