February 28 - March 28
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Sergiy Hai: Petro Lebedynets
Opens February 28: Through March 29, 2014
TEW Galleries: The February - March schedule features two of Ukraine's most important contemporary artists.
In the fall of 2013 Timothy Tew traveled to meet with artists in Ukraine. As a result TEW Galleries will present a show of Sergiy Hai and Petro Lebedynets, two of Ukraines most important contemporary artists. This will be Hai's third solo show at TEW Galleries and Lebedynets debut exhibition. Both were born in the late 1950s and have gained important reputations extensively exhibiting for many years in Ukraine, Russia, Eastern and Western Europe and the United States. In addition both are in museum collections in Ukraine and in private collections in Eastern and Western Europe and the United States.
Sergiy Hai: Hai's third exhibition at TEW Galleries will feature mellow paintings and strong ink wash drawings. The scope of Hai's typical imagery is quite narrow-he paints and draws nudes, figures in pairs, equestrian works and still lifes. These few themes are revisited over and over again in infinite variety and brought to life through his intimate perspective and impressive technique. Through a unique application of paint and the use of smoky rich colors Hai creates images and luscious satin-like surfaces that seem to float, like a dream, in another reality. Hai's approach to painting is unpretentious, quick and carefree, displaying both his love of beautiful line, cherished settings and evocative chromatism. His art invites viewers to join his reverie by suggesting outcomes, yet leaving the narrative squarely in the observer's own imagination.
Petro Lebedynets: The forceful and lyrical abstract paintings of Lebedynets' first exhibition will astound. Covering his canvases with brightly colored, heavily textured, thick, opaque oils; Lebedynets' paintings glow like the moon. Lebedynets believes that color is perceived through intuition and that only through the refinement of consciousness do we reach higher into the non-material essence of matter. Through his unique painting process he makes this more accessible to us because his luminous hues recall our identification with the heavens and the seas. Lebedynets, like Hai, creates pictures that require our participation, but having given us everything necessary to want to conjure up our own conclusions, this makes them complete and universes unto themselves.
These two very different yet kindred artists affirm the statement of Anatole France: "Artists have to show us how good life is. Otherwise we would have some doubts."
Opening reception: 6.00 - 9.00 p.m. Friday February 28, 2014