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Chambers Gallery

29th March 2006

Dear All

Received from the Chambers Gallery.

Regards
Ute

Dear Ms Chatterjee

I am sending you the press release and invitation to our next show, which
features work by Ukrainian painter Grygoriy Shyshko. I hope that this
might be of interest to you and the members of the society

Kind regards

Evgenia Georgiadis
Manager
The Chambers Gallery
23 Long Lane
London EC1A 9HL
Tel 0207 606 8844 ext 224 office
ext 201 gallery

Press Release – The Chambers Gallery

Dates of the Show: 13th April – 5th May
Private View: Wednesday 12th April, 6-9pm

Grygoriy Shyshko
Painting the Ukrainian landscape from 1953 to 1994

The Chambers Gallery is proud to present the work of the Ukrainian painter
Grygoriy Shyshko (1923-1994). Throughout his career, Soviet art was
dominated by Socialist Realism. Yet in his paintings Shyshko managed to
avoid the clichés of official art, painting with a sincerity and
originality and forging his own distinctive style.

Shyshko was a successful artist in his lifetime. He graduated from The
Odessa College of Fine Art in 1953 and in 1964 became a member of the
Association of Artists of the USSR. His paintings are in museums in the
Ukraine and Russia and in private collections all over the world. Shyshko
was first shown in London in 1993 and since then he has had twelve
retrospective exhibitions in the UK, including one at The Mall Galleries
in 2001.

Shyshko is best known for his striking landscape paintings. His work
records the changing backcloth of the Ukraine’s extreme summers and
winters, capturing the stark beauty of the local landscape. But there is
one theme that dominates Shyshko’s work: the mines, steelworks and
construction sites in and around Kryvyi Rih, the mining town where he
lived for most of his life. Shyshko’s relationship to the local mines –
like Cézanne’s to Mont Sainte-Victoire – was compulsive and enduring. They
provided a constant source of inspiration. He painted the mines in all
seasons and at every time of day, highlighting the visual poetry to be
found in the industrial landscape. Shyshko’s bold colours and simplified
shapes, reminiscent of Post-Impressionism, lend these works a raw energy
and power.

In 1934 Stalin had established the need for an art that was ‘socialist in
content, national in form’ and, in this context, Shyshko’s paintings would
have been politically acceptable. They conformed to the notion of
celebrating the beauty of labouring life in the service of the state. They
captured the distinctive period of Stalin’s post-World War II industrial
revolution. But at the same time, Shyshko managed to develop his own
distinctive style independent of official Soviet Realist art. His
paintings served as a powerful means of personal expression, conveying his
own unique responses to the local landscape.

For more information please contact Evgenia Georgiadis at
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