Opening Saturday, May 4, 2019, Paul Kuhn Gallery is pleased to present the inaugural exhibition of paintings by Calgary artist, Aaron Siderenko. The artist’s paintings continue to explore and expand the classic genre of portraiture. The show’s title “Group1, Part One” incudes eight large-scale portraits and refers to a larger body of fourteen portraits in total.
The portraits in this project are inspired by Siderenko’s relationship with his great uncle who served as a role model to the artist. As a retired World War 11 veteran, Siderenko sought to paint other veterans.
The characters in this exhibition have no names. While each portrait is of a person the artist came to know, each portrait is numbered veteran 1, Veteran 11 and so forth. In this manner the artist seeks to convey the anonymity and theme of the unknown soldier.
Siderenko is paying homage to “ordinary folk” who rose up against tyranny, horror and the worst of circumstances. Collectively these portraits are an emblem of what is best in humanity without fanfare and heroics.