Insight in artist’s amazing world
Minsk gallery displaying works by young artists Olga Shkarubo and Vadim Bogdan, graduates of the Belarusian State Art Academy
Vadim Bogdan and Olga Shkarubo
When youth and professionalism combine, and artists feel free to express themselves artistically, with individualism, the results cannot but be exciting.
The current exhibition represents the genres of landscape and still-life, as are most popular today. The authors share their love for nature and aspiration to unveil the secrets of its beauty, while using surprisingly dissimilar techniques
Some of their works feature images not always immediately recognisable or customary — lending their art intrigue. In some cases, they place an accent on colour and resilience of form or line; others are intended symbolically.
A work from the exhibition
Vadim Bogdan uses realistic portrayals, with fine detail and some conventionality, while Olga Shkarubo’s landscapes convey the harmony of nature and her individual, emotional response, showing nature as holistic and complete. There is no disunity between sky, water or earth; all components are integral, conveying their mood to the other parts of the landscape. In some, her colours produce a feeling of solidity; other hues appear more romantic, almost fairy tale-like.
Both Vadim and Olga’s works are emotional and poetic, united in conveying ideas through landscape motifs transformed by the imagination. Far from reproducing nature, they show us their inner world, with their own perception of reality. They trust in their singular, creative path. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, as we know.
By Vladimir Mikhailov