Current Exhibition: The Silver Spoons

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Ekaterina Chekalina : Cup of Coffee

Cup of Coffee by Ekaterina Chekalina, Oil on Canvas, 98 x 109 cm, 2012

This exhibition portrayed the life of aristocratic ladies. Some girls are elegantly attired in light and sweet colors filled with Rococo’s extravagance and pleasurable atmosphere. Some are with a hint of sadness, like a Watteau, on their glamorous and yet mysterious face as if penetrating the world.

Artists on show:

Ekaterina Chekalina, Pavel Pokidishev, Vladimir SafronovAlbert Balayan, Murman Kutchava

Exhibition Details:

King’s Gallery

Shop 215, 2/F, The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Road Central

Dec 14 – Jan 31 2013

Monday – Saturday 11:00-6:30pm

Tel: 21170731

Solo Exhibition by Vladimir Korenev

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Caprice, 100 x 75 cm, 1997, Oil on Canvas

Korenev was always interested in exploring philosophical themes. His works are densely filled with bright colors, various symbols and bold compositions that give them a sense of carnivalesque playfulness. They incorporate the surrealism and reverberation of the Russian avant-garde while harmoniously blending together the fantasy and the reality.

Exhibition Details:

King’s Gallery

Shop 215, 2/F, The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Road Central

18 October – 18 December, 2012

Monday – Saturday 11:00-6:30pm

Tel: 21170731

Asia Contemporary Art Show 2012, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

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Hong Kong’s most vibrant and exciting show for original artworks, limited editions, sculpture and photography opens at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong October 4th to 7th. The only weekend of art presenting the work of young and emerging talent from all over Asia, plus recognized mid-career artists. Art lovers, first-time buyers and experienced collectors can stroll through over 60 guest rooms to see thousands of stunning and accessibly priced works.

「亞洲當代藝術展 – 香港2012」是香港最具活力和最令人期待的展覽。本展覽展出不同類型的藝術作品,包括原創、限量版、雕塑及攝影。本展將於2012年10月4至7日在香港灣仔君悅酒店舉行。 這個香港獨一無二的藝術週末展出的作品来自亞洲各地年輕、新進以及備受肯定的“在職”藝術家。本展佔地超過七十個房間,展出數以千計的精彩作品,供藝術愛好者、新手買家和資深收藏家參觀。大部份的展品定價為港幣二萬元至八萬元。

King’s Gallery is excited to announce our participation at Asia Contemporary Art Show from 4th – 7th Oct at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. Please visit us to see Ivan Slavinsky,  Vladimir KorenevAlexey Terenin and Evgeny Samsonov latest and gorgeous paintings! We look forward to seeing you at  Room 1220!

皇室畫廊誠意邀請您在十月四至七日這段日子到君悅酒店的亞洲當代藝術展,我們即將展出 Ivan Slavinsky,  Vladimir KorenevAlexey Terenin 以及Evgeny Samsonov 的新作以及精彩的作品。我們在1220號房等待您的蒞臨!

 

Selected Exhibition and Publications

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Selected Exhibition

2002 October: “Harmony”, Central House of Artists.
2002 March: Center-M – gallery of modern art.
2004 May: Gallery Art-club.
2004 June: “Aist”, Central House of Artist.
2004 August: Gallery Art–Kiselev.
2004 September-October: “On the wall”, international exhibition of contemporary paintings, Olympic Grand Hall, London.
2004 December: Gallery Avant- Gardism, London.
2005 January: Gallery Art- Kiselev.
2005 May-April: Gallery Lolita, London.
2005 January-February: “Point of contact”, Central House of Artist.
2005 May-June: “Visit “, Central House of Artist.
2005 August: Gallery Art-club
2005 September-October: Gallery Avant- Gardism, exhibitory hall, London.
2005 October-November: Exhibitory hall, London.
2005 November-December: Gallery in the hotel “Radisson SAS”
2006 December-February: Information Center UNO, Moscow.
2006 January: Gallery Avant- Gardism, London.
2006 February-March: Gallery Center M, personal exhibition.
2006 January-April: Central House of Artist.
2006 May: “Sembank”, Conference hall.
2006 May: Central House of Artist.
2006 June-July: Art Gallery of Radisson SAS.
2006 July-August: Central House of Artist.
2006 November: Art Gallery of Radisson SAS, “Art-Café” in Prague, Czechia.
2007 January: Group exhibition, Central House of Artist.
2007 February-March: Group exhibition, Gallery Art-Club-X, Poland.
2007 May-July: Gallery Harmony.
October-November: “Summer”, Art-club.
2011 January: Group exhibition, King’s Gallery, Hong Kong
2011 March: “Harmony, Contemporary Russian Art” Group exhibition, Gallery by the Harbour, Hong Kong

Publications

2004 Exhibition catalogue (Tverskaya: Gallery Art– Kiselev)

2004 Catalogue, International fair of modern art “On the wall”, (London: Olympic Grand Hall)

2004 Internet-magazine, ”In memory of…” (Moscow painters magazine)

2005 Oleg Torchinskiy, “Travelling to other worlds”, (Gallery of Fine arts newspaper)

2006 Alena Mihailova , “A person who left a smile”, (Radius of Moscow magazine)

2007 Almanac-catalogue, “Art” , (Gella-Print)

Star Rover by Oleg Torchinskiy (Journalist and arts critic)

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Vladimir Korenev’s name (1946-1999) isn’t known to everyone but it doesn’t mean anything – fame, glory, monographs are still ahead. Prior to his sudden death (accident in the south), the artist worked in the Moscow publishing house High School, illustrating foreign literature. He was frequently been exhibited in group shows and he always acted on his own.
By means of relatives and friends his artistic legacy is only now beginning to emerge, like an iceberg, the bulk of which was hidden until now. This is more than 400 paintings as well as drawings and sketches. If all of them once could be put together in a single and well composed exhibition, we would see a strange, mysterious world, probably peeped in some unknown dimensions or spaces, and fixed on canvas. The fact that there are parallel worlds, not intersecting with ours and inaccessible for poor human feelings, humanity guessed long ago , even in the times of Plato and Pythagoras, and even earlier.
For many centuries, poets, artists, musicians have tried their “second sight” to see them, to penetrate the unknown line. Everyone knows the capacious formula of the famous Russian philosopher Vladimir Solovyov:
Dear friend, or don’t you see… that all that’s seen by us… is just a reflection, only the shadow… from sight unseen …
Among our contemporaries the most interesting attempts to breakthrough had been made by “informal” Igor Snegur and Yuri Mironov of the 1970s. Now they are joined by the name of Vladimir Korenev.
His creative work doesn’t fit into any of the modern trends. This is surrealism, fantastic realism and abstract, and metaphysical paintings, and God knows what else, plus something special, it’s Korenevalism.

The content of Vladimir’s works is almost impossible to describe. This is a thick boiling spot of color, geometric shapes, human and animal outlines, faces, hands, legs, eyes, hearts, celestial symbols, and so on. All this is layered on each other, intertwined in an incredible way, split up, connected. It mutually flows, rushes off into chaos. However, a careful examination reveals that this chaos only seems and each leaf is well considered, sense and color poles are skillfully emphasized, and in addition to an idea which lies on the surface, there is a super-idea as well. The one that brings a lot of canvases in a single whole – the reproduction of fantastic worlds, supernatural or parallel, call it the way you want.
Korenev’s creative work isn’t isolated from global and domestic art, it has thousands of threads associated with the spiritual treasures accumulated by the mankind. But its transcript is rather complicated. I’d like to suggest one, not an indisputable one, which may help to open at least some semantic lines.
The key is the book of the Russian writer and philosopher Daniel Andreev (1906-1959) “The Rose of the World” and grand theodicy “Divine Comedy” of the fourteenth century, which is still not completely understood and evaluated, created by Dante during exile. Son of the famous writer Leonid Andreev,

wrote in conditions of Stalin’s camps – in the decaying barracks, with difficulty hiding handwritten leaflets during numerous searches. Often go beyond everyday mind and visions, the author reconstructs a gigantic panorama of the limitless and multilayered universe involving many coexisting worlds, possessing, in contrast to our three-dimensional and simultaneous physical layer, a huge variety of spatial and temporal coordinates. All of them are apartments of an infinite number of monads – indivisible spiritual units, diverse in their vestments of material and ways of life.
The author treats the universal struggle of Good and Evil, as Dante did once – the progress of the world leading human souls to bliss, or worlds of retribution, where sinful souls and criminals repay great. Mighty imagination paints pictures of heavenly cities built by the heroes, geniuses, saints, in one of them is Navna – an ideal collective soul of the Russian people, shining by unearthly gold and white, and opposing them is an underground world – the centre of demonic mankind, his mighty strongholds.

A philosophical treatise is illustrated. I don’t know whether Vladimir Korenev was familiar with Andreev’s book, but anyhow he managed to see the world, described in the “The Rose of the World”, and to reflect them in colors and images. And finally, it’s not necessary to believe in Andreev’s constructions, although the whole societies is considering “The Rose of the World” as a new syncretism religion, but you can use it to describe the creative work of a talented artist. It is a very fruitful method. Again, there may be other interpretations.
Deliberately I don’t cite any specific pictures, the author called them at will or sometimes left unnamed. One thing is clear: deciphering on such complex spiritual phenomenon of Vladimir Korenev’s work is still ahead.
The artist has been in a state, can wander freely between the layers of the world. All we have to believe is his intuition and talent and humbly comprehend the treasures he left to us…

星際漫遊者 
– 為 弗拉基米爾. 科列涅夫 致敬
文 :奧列格 (新聞從業員/藝評人)

弗拉基米爾﹒科列涅夫(Vladimir Korenev, 1946-1999)的名字並非衆所周知,但也絕非寂寂無名。在意外身亡之前,科列涅夫於莫斯科出版社《高校》(High School)擔任外國文學插圖師。他的作品亦經常出現在群展及個展中。

透過科列涅夫親友的熱心推動,他的藝術傳奇至今才綻露光芒;冰山一角的背後,蘊藏著待展現的才華。如果把他超過400張的畫作、素描及草稿,在展覽會場内一併展示,觀者將會感受到一個奇幻而神秘的世界,或許可以透過固定的畫布,窺探到未知的空間。那是個與我們生存的現實以及感官體驗沒有交集的平行世界,或許是個比柏拉圖和畢達哥拉斯所探索的精神世界更加悠遠的領域。

多個世紀以來,詩人、藝術家、音樂家都嘗試以他們超人的洞察力來突破這一道未知的圍牆。著名的俄羅斯哲學家弗拉基米爾索﹒洛維約夫(Vladimir Solovyov )曾論述:「……親愛的朋友,你看見的、 抑或被看見的,都只是映像、幻影……」七十年代的伊戈爾.斯涅古爾(Igor Snegur) 及尤里.米羅諾夫(Yuri Mironov )亦曾嘗試同類的探究,結論有趣而突破。時至今日,科列涅夫也加入了他們的行列。
他那些富有創造力的作品不能匹配入任何近代的畫派。他是超現實主義、抽象以及形而上學的繪畫,用「怪誕寫實主義」 可能更貼切形容他的畫作,我們或可稱它為「科列涅夫主義」(Korenevalism)。

科列涅夫作品的内容幾乎無法用言詞形容。畫面呈現鮮豔濃厚的色 彩、幾何圖形、人體及動物的輪廓綫條(臉、手、腿、眼、心等)、天體及其它符號各類元素的和諧混合。所有元素都是層層叠叠,時而交替、時而排斥,卻出乎意料地互相牽引,繼而東奔西竄至混沌一團。若再仔細觀察下,這些混沌的表裏,透露出藝術家精心的思量,在畫面的構圖和色彩的分佈上都經過巧妙的編排。他把許多訊息融合分解、再呈現在他的畫布上,繼而生成奇幻、超自然的平行世界。

科列涅夫的創作絕不孤立於國際及本地藝術,它仍繼承著人性精神寶藏,不過其詮釋非常複雜。筆者嘗試以俄羅斯哲學家丹尼爾.安德烈耶夫 (Daniel Andreev, 1906-1959) 所著的《世界玫瑰》(The Rose of the World, 1959),和生於文藝復興時代但丁的《神曲》作爲揭開科列涅夫作品謎思的指引。

丹尼爾.安德烈耶夫是著名小説家列昂尼德﹒安德烈耶夫(Leonid Andreyev)的兒子,雖然當時被困在破舊不堪——連手稿也經常被冒險搜出的斯太林監房内,安德烈耶夫作大膽嘗試,以超越凡塵的視野,重新建構一個宏大無量,多層面的廣角,牽引出芸芸的共存世界,形成一個與我們現世的三維體層恰恰相反,龐大的、複雜的時空組合。

德烈耶夫探討了宇宙萬物之間善與惡的鬥爭,如但丁曾描述——世界的進步,引領人類的靈魂至光明的「啓蒙之境」或是黑暗的「懲戒之境」。豐富的想像力描繪出由英雄、天才、聖人所建立的烏托邦,當中有娜芙納——俄羅斯人理想的集體靈魂,被非俗世的金與銀閃耀著,與之相對的,是一個地下世界,邪惡的中心,強大的據點。科列涅夫如能領悟到《世界玫瑰》中論述的多世界觀念,從而以色彩和形象表達到畫布上。
我們最終並沒有必要相信安德烈耶夫的理論(雖然有很多人把《世界玫瑰》視爲一個新宗教),我們可以書中概念去闡釋這位天才藝術家的創新思維,這未嘗不是一個有効的嘗試。科列涅夫隨意為他的畫作命名或列爲無題,筆者亦無從引證,但最少可以肯定,對科列涅夫作品其複雜精神現象的解讀將陸續有來。

科列涅夫現已身於一個境界,可自如地游走於各層世界之間。讓我們懷著謙虛的心,欣賞他遺留下來的寶庫,深深領悟他的獨特視野和才華。

Solo Exhibition by Alexander Dudin

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Not Like the Others, 130 x 139 cm, 2004, Oil on Canvas

Works of Alexander Dudin conserve the beauty and preciseness of traditional Russian academic art. Artist fascinated with anatomy and philosophy, through depicting the dynamic of body, Dudin shows the power of human life, reminds us that our body is transient, yet eternal marvelous. This exhibition will show a series of figure drawings by Dudin in chorus.

Exhibition Details:

King’s Gallery

Shop 215, 2/F, The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Road Central

1st September – 18 October, 2012

Monday – Saturday 11:00-6:30pm

Tel: 21170731

Sergei Radyuk (1965 – )

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