We are pleased to invite you and your guests to the opening Ilya Volykhine’s new solo exhibition
Thursday 22nd November 5-7 pm
Address: 20 Brandon Street, Wellington
RSVP or enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 04 499 6356
Ilya was born in Ust Labinsk, Russia, he and his family have lived all over the world; Ilya has exhibited and held residencies worldwide, from New York to Estonia. Similarly, his artwork can be found in private and public collections around the globe. Since moving to New Zealand in 2009, Ilya has exhibited throughout New Zealand in both solo and group exhibitions.
Ilya Volykhine’s paintings are darkly comic, the characters within his pictures battling their way through the anxieties and joy of life, his narratives loose, playful and chaotic. What lies at the heart of these paintings is Volykhine’s intuitive process, his willingness and confidence to allow the story to unfold as he paints, his expressive brushwork opening up a space for his characters to breathe, to take on a life yet unexplored
His intentions are not to celebrate or glamourize his subjects, but to simply depict them with truth and honesty.
“Since my work mainly grows itself by my hand, but with little of my mind, I have barely any thought or idea of what the painting will become when I start,” says Ilya.
“The painting then takes on a life of its own where I am simply a vessel through which being and pure creation play out their performance. This shifting idea allows my paintings to fall in and out of perspective and allows me to experiment with both highly controlled and loose mark-making.”
Exhibition on until Jan 19th, gallery closed from December 23rd 2018 to January 7th 2019