The work of Serhiy Hai represents "his great painting" in its purest form. The author is a master of large laconic compositions. Usually, they are constructed using two or three dominant colors, but they are nuanced in tone and motion, like leavs in the wind. The works take the forms of red-colored leaves and emerald-green lights, which ignite the entire work. There are so many refined shades: from black and warm brown to thick ultramarine and light faded lemon, which is cold like the reflection of the sun in freshwater springs. The beautiful surface of the canvas is moveable and it is as if the viewer is witnessing the writing of a letter. There exists the fading aura of a stained-glass window in the works of Hai. For those who have the ability to look and see, this is a color treasure, an indescribable joy.
Mykol a Zhuravel is a multifaceted artist. A master of graphic art, painting and sculpture, he masterfully composes his works without violating the harmony and unity of the created image. His creations emerge as the subjects and means for analyzing art itself. Innovative suggestions actualize forgotten events and traditions, providing for their development, restoring their contents.
The symbolism of color, exquisiteness of texture, saturation and whimsicality of the composition testify to the refined mastery of the artist, giving him a chance to feel the beauty of the world, as well as its fatal invariability. Andriy Bludov depicts his dreams, which have been filled with disappearing forms, entities which are not present but still somehow exist outside of our imagination and consciousness. These forms, unfortunately, are not permanent. His original works – on the edge of figurative and abstraction, coincidence and necessity – cast a spell. They are an invitation to experience several moments of happiness, which we value with the passing of time.
There is a reason that people compare the mastery of Petro Lebedynets to the deftness of a creative chess player, recalling the quotes of Byzantine mystics. Ice and flames come together in his works, and from each emerges something unexpected , just as from the artist himself, who follows the path of the heart. We move from soothing harmony to balanced harmony, which is similar to an afternoon siesta, to tense harmony, opening for himself a period of storms and oppression, noise and passion, competing forms and textures.
Oleksiy Apollonov is one of most impressive representatives of the contemporary Ukrainian fine arts. His art works are hardly possible to definitely attribute to some particular style or trend. The style of his paintings is always individual and recognizable though every time it remains within the framework of the figurative paintings. Each time the artist states a new problem for himself and interprets it in his particular manner. Thus in 'Windows', one of the series of his paintings his creative method is reduced to minimum and finds its articulation thanks to the expressive reverberation of color and its laconic composition. In the series of his monotypes united under the title "Hunting" archetypal 'rock paintings' change into a rejoicing ritual feast with bulls and archers against bright and colorful background. Moreover, Oleksiy Apollonov's landscapes most often communicate the author's longing for the sea. A sight to the seashore is observed from the window, while we find a big seashell left by the artist on the windowsill. We are fascinated both by the quiet and storming sea, and the silhouettes of the night boats lingering in the darkness.
…Painting is my job. When I am painting, I feel relaxed and at ease. I need solitude and silence in the studio, when my head and hands are concentrated. My main subject is the city of Kyiv the "portraits" of its streets, buildings, arches, corners, caryatids, the play of light and shadow. I look through the color, maximum intensity of color and light. The life is full of surprises. The main thing here is to preserve the ability to marvel at life. The nature exists already, it is perfect and you cannot depict it, only wonder and imagine it as you feel it. Then any house, street, tree or face captures and guides you ... and here comes the inspiration. My works are to bring tranquility and joy.
Volodymyr Boguslavskyi has chosen the formal aesthetics of European Postmodernism with its refined and decorative geometrized experiments. The seemingly dry and too rational system has rewarded the artist with a unique opportunity to dive into a closed ephemeral world, isolated from disasters and disappointments of the real world. Postmodern quotations allow referring to time-tested themes of the world classics, adapting them to the set of codes and symbols of contemporary art. Concentration, contemplation and silence are the tools of an artist pursuing the goal to find a balance between life and art. In the shimmering solar-moonlight glow of Volodymyr Boguslavskyi’s landscapes and still lifes a commonplace reality turns into a metaphor of philosophical categories of eternal human thinking about the meaning of life and the true scale of values.
Liudmyla Bohuslavska is a well-known Lviv artist. Romantic, gentle, delicate, meditative—that is how her works are described by viewers and art critics. The author does not overuse emotions to express her admiration of the world. Lyudmula’s interaction with the material is performed on the basis of mutual respect and understanding. Her paintings and pottery are so refined and simple; here the minimum of details provides maximum content.
While achieving certain success in an artist's creativity, there arises a question: where and how to mowe, whether to use already found and worked out techniques of the artistic expression or to keep on searching. Aspiration for reaching new heights and constans creative unrest eventually leads to development. Petro is one of those who are always in such a search which, in its essence is the absorption of images, information and emotions. Reconsideration and reflection of his inner world calls for a need to come true, to arise personally.
Plots of works are not isolated from real life - it is always my subjective experience, observation, dialogue with a phenomenon or a person. I try to see the essence, eliminate the context, distract from the time and geographical framework. I understand the value in the instance state of things, the expressive one.
I do not look for plots of multi-valued symbols, as I see the primary value in their formal aesthetics.