Feb 17th – March 7th, 2015
Timur D’Vatz was born in 1968 in Moscow, Russia. In 1983-1987, he studied in Republican College of Art, Tashkent. For his post-gradual studies, he went to London and became the first student from former USSR to study in the Royal Academy of Arts. Timur D’Vatz has been a recipient of the Jack Goldhill and Sir James Walker scholarships. He has been awarded a number of accolades including the Guinness Prize for ‘First time Exhibitor’ at the Royal Academy and the A.T. Kerney Prize. He has also been featured in the BP Portrait Award. Timur has also been recently commissioned to create a
major piece by the Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow.
The exhibition Neo Rituals brings into contemporary reality the modern art of Timur D’Vatz and highlights the continued influence of the rules of heraldry and mythology on the artist. Timur D’Vatz art is figurative and emblematic and offers a modern-day take on ancient legends where centuries of tradition are applied to the mixed and re-appropriated symbols sourced from early Byzantine art,
medieval tapestries, Russian icons, Pre-Raphaelites and ancient stories. The art historical archive of imagery became stepping stones for the artist’s own visual improvisations. The source becomes a metaphor for the veil of time and also becomes the point of departure for the creation of a new and original picture. Timur D’Vatz created his own artificial reality based on his spiritual interest in alchemy. He sees alchemy as the art form that liberates parts of the Cosmos from temporal existence and helps to achieve perfection. Timur takes the viewer to another place away from reality to the mysterious place where we could achieve eternal perfection. One of the moments of the spiritual transformation is the ritual of the hunt. Through rejuvenation of ancient stories and legends surrounding the hunt, the artist tries to gain a new significance to historical and imagined rituals.
Timur D’Vatz achieves the ultimate climax within his controlled and stylized imagery by introducing a unique rhythm of time specific to him or rather the nullness of it. The artist seeks to gain control over the passage of time by switching it off completely and by revealing a taste for poetic images of silent, mediative activity. On the opposite end such as the dynamics of hunt are expressed through the use of the elongated bodies, in order to show the exhilaration of movement within a static image. Perhaps the most compelling aspect of Timur D’Vatz works is the way in which his art is
inextricably linked to the world of textiles: he excels at depicting the rich fabrics of Chinese silk printing and influenced by intricate patterns of the Nabis School. D'Vatz's shapes and patterns take on a life of their own, giving to the composition a lyrical harmony as a whole. The painter alleviates any possibility of visual heaviness or monotony by leaving elegant and refined forms to serve and to complete the pictorial space.
The splashes of Baroque colour and elongated body shapes are creating a surface pattern to communicate the decorative and abstract qualities of his compositions. The insistent flatness of the image, moreover, renders the elongated figures protagonists, the hounds and the falcons inseparable from their environment; they seem not so much to inhabit the space as to merge with it.
The exhibition Neo Rituals by Timur D’Vatz offers an insight in the exotic world mimicking the luxury of the Renaissance art and delights the viewer by being totally removed from tedium of everyday.