Misty Stories, written in watercolour
Sergey Pisarenko’s National Art Museum of Belarus exhibition is modest in size, with just two dozen canvases, yet both exciting and mysterious
Sergey Pisarenko’s watercolours are intriguing, exuding a mysterious atmosphere. His ever-present fog is fascinating rather than frightening, as if the ideals of beauty, harmony and art, to which his soul strives, are attainable only in an ‘other world’ beyond the phantom veil.
The mist symbolises the mystery and fragility of life, which can disappear after a single careless moment. His ‘misty palette’ comprises translucent, milky, white-haired, silver, blond, pearl, smoky-blue and lilac tones, while his ethereal fog appears to rise and glide, curl and slide in every manner imaginable, as unstable as life itself.
However, the longer that you look, images become more apparent: a city, a cathedral, a village, the silhouette of a boy, or a cat following a bird on a branch. We begin to see the world in detail, with all its nuances, as if time has stopped and the artist can prolong this beautiful moment in our ever-moving world.
His works are on show not only at the Modern Fine Arts Museum in Minsk but in the Samsung collection (South Korea), at the White House (Washington, USA), and in private collections across Belarus, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain.
By Veniamin Mikheev