Cardio-surgeon Petrov’s angels
Mr. Petrov’s angels have been exhibited at Minsk’s Gallery of Contemporary Art and reproduction prints are available for sale
“I’ve painted around three dozen angels,” admits the amateur artist. “Primarily these are guardian angels. However, some are dark angels, from the Bible, such as the angel of Judah. There’s also a wise angel, a prophet. Each person has their own angel. I see them, since I’m a roentgenologist,” the doctor laughs.
There were no painters in the Petrov family; Yuri’s hobby began from his friendship with professional artists and from his love of collecting. Being a connoisseur of delicate landscapes and genre paintings, he visited Minsk exhibitions, as well as the studios of his acquaintances, seeking to purchase canvases.
Gradually Mr. Petrov began to be interested in the process of artistic creation, and the internal world of painters. They appeared fascinating to him in their vulnerability, insecurity and creative ideologies, so much in contrast to contemporary pragmatism.
Mr. Petrov views Vasily Surikov as his first teacher in painting, alongside Vyacheslav Zakharinsky. From them, he learnt how to use paints and how to hold a brush. Naturally, his hand was already steady. However, being colour-blind, he had some problems with palette. His angels are painted in shades of golden-ochre and coffee shades.
Mr. Petrov’s angels have been exhibited at Minsk’s Gallery of Contemporary Art and reproduction prints are available for sale. They can’t be compared with canonical icon painting, though Orthodox icons have inspired him. He is a regular church-goer, observing all traditions, and has Orthodox icons around his home and workplace. An image of the Holy Mother Protectress hangs above the entrance to his operating room.
Mr. Petrov has worked at Minsk’s City Clinical Emergency Hospital for several years. Medicine, like painting, remains an indispensable part of his life and is the focus of desire for his soul.
By Alesya Vladimirova