On the 16th of May, 2012, the Art Academy Museum will host the Grand Opening of an exhibition featuring the work of Yury Pavlov. Yury Pavlov’s artistic career started in 1962, when he graduated from the Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. The name of the artist is familiar to art enthusiasts in St. Petersburg from his exhibitions from the 1960s and 1970s. Already then, Yury Pavlov was talked about as being a “gifted colorist, who based his work on that the academic school and added his own artistic perception”. During his studies at the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, the artist discovered the power of the colors in etudes, sketches and even in the drawings, which are usually supposed to be strict, linear.
Yury Pavlov was born in 1935, and thus he is one of those whose childhood memories were shaped by World War II. With no doubt, the War had a profound impact on the personality of the artist. The theme of hard-won moral and psychological achievement and overcoming obstacles came to the artist’s oeuvre from his personal background. Pavlov makes colors work in developing the deep themes of life and death, whether it’s a still life, a portrait or a landscape. The artistic feature is that one can not discover the visible, obvious narrative level because of all the feelings that arise from the conceptual depth and color of the paintings. For example, the motif of an old, neglected house touches viewer’s hearts. The artist is stirring up old feelings, and makes one think about our past. The vivid imagery of struggle, achievement of harmony in the paintings displayed are thought of as emotionally-driven clashes related to moral personality growth. Therefore, the oeuvre of Yury Pavlov could also be considered lyrical and even deeply philosophical.
The exhibition is open till the 17th of June, 2012
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