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Juryj Khilko's graphic works and paintings "Shadow of the Wind"

The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus will hold the exhibition of graphic works and paintings by Juryj Khilko "Shadow of the Wind" at 5 o’clock p.m. on February 19, 2020. 

Juryj Khilko’s graphic works and paintings are close to lyrical abstraction, where a momentary image dominates a mature composition. The idea of chance is one of the basic features in the history of contemporary art. The artist masters it as a method, and his compositions are dynamic, spontaneous and expressive. However, this is a fine graphic expression, where there are light edges drawn in pencil, and coloristic subtle aspects. This method is distinctive with multiple and variable motives, but at the same time, the uniqueness of each line is also essential here.

Avoiding strict geometrical shapes, the artist follows a splash of colour, catching the power of an emotional impact. Multicolored ‘particles’ are mysteriously covered by large ‘lightful’ planes, as if with a thin ice. This method allows to make a complex texture and the illusion of depth, where the viewer can take a hard look at these coloristic ‘distances’, plunge into the surface, admiring every sudden overtone and an unexpected pattern of lines.

The author’s favorite vertical format defines the vector of perception: his canvases, stretched like a string, rush upward.

Abstract art is associative, emotional and plotless. It evokes familiar silhouettes that appear in the outlines of splashes of colour and lines. Sometimes it is as realistic as momentary and abstract shadows running on asphalt. Juryj Khilko’s works are inseparable from Belarusian culture: ‘Nature, history, folklore, and everything that is happening and will happen in Belarus – this is what I constantly admire...’. The works titles such as ‘Midsummer Night’, ‘Koliada’, ‘On the Border of the Jasieĺda River’ and others testify about this. Juryj Khilko paints in warm colours, depicting half light in Belarusian log homes and smoke-grey clouds...or the artist’s and our subjective sensations.

Yekaterina Kalenkevich

Art history PhD

The exhibition will work from February 19, 2020 to March 1, 2020.