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Three Ukrainian and two Philadelphia artists on display at Dalet Gallery in November
"Traces," paintings by Vachagan Narazyan, Edward Yashin and Dmitry Dymshyts. "A Year in Mountains," all pastel show of Tom Brady. "Admittance to Arcadia," paintings and sculptures by Alfred Ortega. Opening reception: Friday, Nov.2, 5 - 9 pm
TRACES, the exhibition of Vachagan Narazyan, Edward Yashin and Dmitry Dymshyts, of the Ukraine, participants of historical Non-conformist Art Movement in the former Soviet Union, will be on display with about 30 artworks of recent decade. Painting in the classical, renaissance style of the masters, each artist utilizes his expertly developed techniques in depicting a mysterious world that is both brooding and beautiful, simple yet complicated, whimsical and surreal.
Inspired by his childhood memory of the travel circus, paintings by Vachagan Narazyan occupy most of the exhibition space and certainly generate epic and intimate spirit of the show.
Narazyan's "disappearing landscape of each canvas creates a fantastical world of imaginary and surreal travel. This dream-like quality is born from the highly personal vision created in the mind and soul of this incomparable artist (Winery)."
Narazyan’s personages represent a living allegory of human qualities, and in the same time - shards of real-time fates, whose genealogies can only be guessed at.
“With a style blending old-world images with futuristic vision, the artist creates a world of mystery and enchantment for the viewer to explore (Art & Antique, Vol.XXV #7).”
Vachagan Narazuyan was born in 1957 in Kislovodsk, Russia and currently resides in the Ukraine. The artist’s work is represented in museums and private collections around the world, including the Zimmerli Art Museum’s Dodge collection.
Edward Yashin creates a city of his own. Fragment by fragment in each canvas, he constructs a private urban space; seen, dreamt, anticipated, experienced. Yashin is the architect of a dream. His immateriality, along with his transparent hues, create a staggering vision of essence and conflict. A clash between the visible and the felt, the conscious and the oblivious, the material and the amorphous. His palette is organized from black to the warmth of earth tones. He incorporates hues of pinks and blues along with shadows of red silhouettes creating an intriguing and mysterious world, that is both brooding and beautiful.
Edward Yashin was born in 1960 in Simpheropol, Ukraine. In 1984, he graduated from the Institute of Art and Industry in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Since that time, he has regularly participated in local, national and international exhibitions, including shows in Tretiakov Gallery and the Art Fair “Manege” in Moscow, various exhibits in Istanbul, Budapest, Prague and Nuremberg, and also Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, NJ.
Yashin currently lives in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where he maintains his studio. His works are in private collections in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Fe, Vancouver, Berlin, Athens, Hong Kong, Paris, Istanbul, and Amsterdam.
Dmitry Dymshyts is not a newcomer to Philadelphia – during the last decade he had been exhibited in several local galleries. Adept of the artistic trend some critics define as "symbolic romanticism,”
Born in 1951 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Dmitry graduated from Kharkiv Art College in 1970 and Kharkiv Art Institute in 1976. As a professional artist, he has exhibited his work since 1981. In 1994, he became an “Honorable Citizen of the State of Maryland”. He lives and works in Germany.
A YEAR IN MOUNTAINS
“Wanted: an all-pastel Brady show,” – that was the conclusion Victoria Donohoe made in her review on Tom Brady’s last year solo at Dalet with around 20 large scale oil paintings on display (The Color of Genius, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec23, 2011).
Here they are: dozens of Brady’s pastels representing the artist’s day-to-day onsite work of creating fresh images which later he translates into oil paint in his studio “and thus, sets off his fast-lane painterly fireworks there only.”
“This past year our usual summer mountain stay was extended into all the seasonal changes. … After decades in the city the simple rolling pastures and endless views humbled and awakened an essential sense of life. Every day I drew and every day I experienced the daily changes in this magical world.”
- Tom Brady
Tom Brady graduated from Tyler School of Art in 1982. He had dozens of solo exhibitions around the US including various museum shows; his works can be found in museum and corporate collections, such as The Lenfest Foundation, Woodmere Art Museum, Mead Art Museum, Primara System, etc.
ADMITTANCE TO ARCADIA
Noted for his bold use of color, Alfred Ortega’s paintings and oil prints emanate primal energy. His prominent, large canvasses reveal a dynamic world populated with vibrant forms and figures barely contained within their frames. A master mono-print maker, Ortega’s vivid oil prints of figures, landscapes, and portraits are animated by an unabashed freedom of form and color and a daring love of life.
Born in Philadelphia, Alfred Ortega studied painting and sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Ortega’s art has been exhibited in a number of galleries and museums including the Woodmere Art Museum. The artist’s work is represented in the permanent collection of the Pennsylvania State Museum and in private collections.
Exhibits: NOVEMBER 2 – DECEMBER 1, 2012
Reception: Friday, November 2, 5 – 9 pm
Dalet Gallery, 141 N 2nd Str, Old City, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Gallery hours: Wed– Sat noon – 6PM and by appointment