Artistic energy and skill are energizing and inspirational

The Gentlemen’s Set exhibition, currently on show at the National Art Museum, features works by young and talented Belarusian authors and members of the Belarusian Union of Artists

The Gentlemen’s Set exhibition, currently on show at the National Art Museum, features works by young and talented Belarusian authors and members of the Belarusian Union of Artists: Vladimir Zlenko, Gleb Otchik and Andrey Petkevich.


Each participant in the exhibition has considerable artistic experience and a professional education. They have all participated in a variety of Republican and international competitions, amongst other projects. Just before the New Year and Christmas celebrations, the artists worked on a team project with a truly ‘male’ title: The Gentlemen’s Set. The authors included works which arouse emotional responses to stereotypes. Vladimir Zlenko’s fantasy landscapes are an invitation to walk together with a beautiful lady. In turn, Gleb Otchik’s skillfully painted champagne glasses and bottles often accompany a romantic evening. Meanwhile, weapons, commonly thought of as a male accessory, are painted by Andrey Petkevich.

The Gentlemen’s Set exhibition

Each artist brings a bright and vivid style to their painting. Mr. Zlenko always relies on his themes transforming into philosophical objects. In his interpretations, real objects turn into symbols which express the artist’s thoughts. Mr. Otchik, in turn, experiments with composition. His works attract attention with their unusual perspective on ordinary objects, as well as complex textures and colour effects. He often produces monochrome works and others in unexpected colours. In Mr. Petkevich’s works, the interrelation of classical art and modern concerns about our cultural legacy is seen. The artist often references 17th century Dutch painting, creating still-lifes in the style of the times. He uses transparent paint which requires considerable mastery from any artist. Moreover, Mr. Petkevich has introduced military objects to his compositions which are alien in classical painting. His works acquire a different emotional overtone and meaning.



The diversity of genres and themes used in The Gentlemen’s Set adds to the exhibition experience. The young painters who proposed this interesting and original project are united by their love of culture and intelligence. They share a sense of humour and purposefulness: these features are natural for any gentleman. Rich in artistic energy and fantasy, as well as a high level of skill allow visitors to the show to enjoy its festive atmosphere and be inspired.

By Veniamin Mikheev



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