Galerie Blue Square is pleased to present an early spring selection of oil paintings by Gennady Zubkov at Youngblood Art Studio. Three large paintings anchor the show representing different periods in the artist’s career. Woodcutter, is a pointillist study of a figure in motion and dates from 1989 when the artist had his first exhibition in the United States. Two triptychs in the show, Time of Year: Spring, and Calderara di Reno take the viewer into dreamy worlds of modernist landscapes.
The natural, and usually botanically based themes become a medium for the artist to experiment with his ideas of form and color. Zubkov’s life-long pursuit of these principals gives his body of works cohesiveness. The colors are unique and glow with shades of lemony yellow, rosy pink, soft violet and rich sea foam green. The shapes are influenced by Zubkov’s study of Impressionism, Cubism and Suprematism.
Born in 1940 in Perm, Russia, Zubkov lives and works in Saint Petersburg. He trained as the student of Matushin, who taught color theory under Sterligov and was a pupil of Russian avant-garde artist, Kazimir Malevich. From Sterligov’s contribution of “spherical geometry theory”, Zubkov derived a new painting technique, entitled “form creates form” and later, “Form + Color.”
As an “unofficial” artist in the Soviet period, Zubkov worked from 1962-1977 as an artist-designer in the Botanical Gardens where he was able to continue working with color and form, as well as exploring relationships between spirituality and art.
A stated goal of the artist is “to show the beauty of the work around us so that man might begin to relate more kindly and carefully to everything around him and to preserve the beauty of nature.” A goal supported by people in our own community.
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