Please see invitation from the Chambers Gallery
ZHUGAN, SHARIY, ZORKO:
20TH Century Art from Soviet Ukraine
11th April to 9th May
Private View: Thursday 10th April 2008, 6-9pm
The idea that Industrial Art was created to order is largely exaggerated.
There was a general party policy, declaring that art should reflect the
achievements of the Soviet people and the progress of the new society. Yet
many artists had a strong inner drive towards working on powerful
industrial images. This urge was nourished by the idea of building a
better world, a new working class country rivalling the leading economic
and political powers. The pride and high self-evaluation of the people
helped them to cope with the growing tiredness borne from the endless
The paintings by Zhugan, Shariy and Zorko reflect the economic rise of
Eastern Ukraine after the Second World War. It was an important industrial
zone of the Soviet Union. Mines, smelters and other factories filled up
the area. The Donetsk part of Ukraine was booming, the plants were
steaming and the whole region was a symbol of progress and achievement.
The dynamic spirit of the place was contagious even when just passing
through it. But observing the economic growth of Donetsk from inside
couldnï¿½t but affect the artists. It was real proof of belonging to a
The three artists created three different visual versions of Soviet
Ukrainian industrialisation. The oldest of the three is Vladimir Zhugan.
He paints epic compositions in impressionist style. His vast panoramic
views of the native land fringed by the numerous steaming colossi, impress
the viewer by their scale.
The versatile artist Anatoly Shariy is presented in the show by a superb
collection of works on paper. His romantic paintings bear a strong
influence by Cï¿½zanne.
Yuri Zorko is a representative of the so-called ï¿½severe styleï¿½ movement,
the turn towards post-impressionist modernism in the 1960s within the
boundaries of Socialist realism. His art shows awareness of Gauguin and
This exhibition at the Chambers Gallery gives a rare chance to see
together the art of those three key figures of Ukrainian post-war
Socialist realism. More than sixty pictures will be on display.
For further information and catalogues please contact
Evgenia Georgiadis [removed]
The Chambers Gallery, 23 Long Lane, London EC1A 9HL
Tel 0207 7781600, Opening Hours: Mon-Fri. 10-6