Small is Beautiful
November 2-November 23, 2020
In the world oversaturated with visual information and relentless clicking and browsing, we offer you just a few intimate still lives sitting there silently and begging you to slow down and notice the smallest of detail.
Small Is Beautiful is our first curated Capsule Collection that features 20 original paintings by the resident artists Valeria Privalikhina, Samir Rakhmanov, Yaroslava Tichshenko, Eugeny Medvedev and Yuriy Ushakov.
Yaroslava Tichshenko, Still Life With a Statuette of Papier-Mache, 2020
Each selected artwork has own chromatic personality characterised by impeccably elegant bursts of vivid colour that join on the delicate palette dominated by neutrals - from cool stone grey to warmer rose, cream white and buttermilk.
Artwork © 2020 Samir Rakhmanov, Yuriy Ushakov, Valeria Privalikhina, Eugeny Medvedev
Still life is one of the humblest genres and yet one of the most revealing. Humble, because this is the first genre taught in any art school, being a wonderful playground for solving problems like composition, colour harmony, perspective, for rendering materiality, texture and weight of the various elements. Objects are there for as long as you need them, unlike a fainting smile or a rapidly vanishing sunset.
Georgia O'Keeffe's famous exclamation “I hate flowers, | paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move!” though a little extreme is not devoid of truth.
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing!"
— CAMILLE PISSARO
However, sometimes humblest objects in the barest room create the deepest spiritual experiences. Under a brush of a sensitive artist, objects are able to lose their mundane purpose and become a medium of transcendence.
Golden peaches against a sky blue table linen, white objects trembling in the white environment or a stack of books leaning against each other - these still lives become a visual haiku, making you want to slow down and re-read them again.