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Title: Rowan
Original Title: Рябина
Object type: painting
Artist: Elena Barkhatkova
Date made: 2017
Medium and support: oil on canvas
Dimensions: h 73 cm × w 100 cm × d 3 cm
Copyright: Elena Barkhatkova

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Artist Biography:
May 24, 1965 born in Slutsk, Minsk region.
1977-1980 studied at art school in Slutsk under V. Sadin
1980-1984 studied at the Minsk Glebov Art School under O. Lutzevich.
Since 1993 has lived in the village of Khoruzhi near Minsk.

ELENA BARKHATKOVA — a springtime person — was born on May 24, during the blossoming of the gardens and the awakening of the powers of the earth. Maybe that’s why in her paintings the sun shines so bright, the flowers and the fruits sparkle so cheerfully, and the touch of the wind and the scent of the grass are so palpable. Elena unites still life and landscape in a single painting naturally and effectively: be it a contrasting chiaroscuro, a counter light of verdure, translucent in the sun like a stain-glass, or the miracles of the optical tricks of perspective. Some of the elements of Elena’s style or all of them together will enchantingly affect even those who know nothing about either the realistic tradition in painting or the dynasty of the Barkhatkovs. Elena depicts the world that surrounds her in everyday life: her and her husband’s house, garden, fields around it, the flowers and the trees that she herself looks after. The birds and the animals, all the inhabitants of her own cosmos are under her protection and care, and it may be said that the painter Elena Barkhatkova is the creator of both her paintings and the reality they depict. Powerful vitality, strong character and incredible diligence allowed a young painter Elena Novik to develop her creative individuality in the family of famous Belarusian painters Barkhatkovs. In the Minsk Glebov Art School, a painter and a distinguished pedagogue Oleg Lutsevich effectively passed on to his talented student Elena the principle of vision which he regarded as the most important for an artist: every object is a volume in space — be it a human figure or a semitransparent sphere formed by a bundle of willow twigs. Thus, through the synthesis of different influences during her education, Elena established her relationships with Space and Colour — the main instruments of the creation of the effect of physical presence that unavoidably appears around the works of Elena Barkhatkova. Each of her canvases is a pleasant trap prepared for the viewer in advance: we are immediately inside this landscape, already have visited all its surroundings and are looking at them from a distance through the bunch of flowers that we have recently plucked ourselves. It seems that while constructing the composition the author takes us, spectators, into account as a kind of «volumes», elements of composition in the space of her painting. Without being aware of it, we form a part of her works and we are assigned in this composition a specific place on our side of the spectral boundary of the canvas. But who, in turn, looks at us from the depths of her paintings through the same still life that stands between these parallel worlds? Maybe it is the Arab horses Zabava and Chatabi or their friend Fadel, walking freely around their farmstead in the village Horuzhi near Rakov — family members and art models of the married couple of the Barkhatkovs? Or maybe it is Elena herself? In any case, there are quite complicated relations between reality and illusion in her paintings; her paintings are in fact very theatrical, because Elena plays her very own game with nature. This life is far from being still and the hidden drama in it creates a kind of tension that is much appreciated by the viewers, as much as Elena’s painting technique itself, energetic, even dashing — and, at the same time, disciplined and thorough. Look at the table-stage on her canvases, at the spectacular postures of the main heroes (flowers-fruits) situated there, at the arrangement and lighting of the corps de ballet (hens, horses, dogs, cats, sometimes — staffage human figures)! Look at the scenery and wings (apple trees, sheds, lilac bushes, blooming and dry grass), at the slightly exaggerated (in the same degree as the perspective) contrasts of the tones and colors (is it something like a light make-up — the «actress Spring»?), at the wonderfully painted landscape background! Are we the spectators or the extras, staffage figures that somebody sees from the depths of the canvas, or the dear guests, of the beautiful homestead of the hostess Elena — we cannot understand anyway. It is Elena’s two sons who are more used to working with abstract notions and terms — the art historian Igor and the philosopher Anton Barkhatkov. «Facts are the most fantastic thing in the world». If we change «facts» for «reality», this idea may well give a new impulse to the development of the realistic painting that survived safe and sound here in Belarus up to the XXI century, in particular, thanks to the bright and sincere art of Elena Barkhatkova.

Permanent collections:
Museum of Contemporary Art in Minsk, Belarus
Romualdo del Bianco Fondation, Italy
Magli Collection, Italy
Justus Frantz collection, Germany
National Art Museum of Belarus, Belarus
Grodna State Museum of History and Archaeology, Belarus
Mogilev Regional Arts Museum n.a. P. V. Maslennikov, Belarus
Funds of the Belarusian Union of Artists, Belarus
Ministry of Culture of Belarus, Belarus
Würth Collection, Germany

1986 Republican Art Exhibition «Autumn-86», Minsk
1987 Republican Art Exhibition «Youth of Republic», Minsk
1988 Republican Art Exhibition «Youth-88», Minsk
1989 Republican Art Exhibition «Youth-89», Minsk
1995 Personal Exhibition, Minsk
1995 Galerie Fayla, Brussels
1996-2001 Pieter Breughel Art Gallery, Amsterdam
1997 I Grandi Maestry Bielorussi, Orzinuovi
1997 Peter Noldus Art Gallery, Amsterdam
1997 Galerie Rocha, Barbizon
1997-2001, Fine Art Gallery Aggie Hendrikx, Roermond
1997 Personal Exhibition, Amsterdam
1998 Exhibition of Barkhatkovs Dynasty, Murmansk
1998 Gallery «Znad Willii», Vilnius
1998 Project VIVAFIRENZE Romualdo del Bianco Fondation, Florence
1998 Republican Exhibition, Minsk
1999 Internationale Bloemenexpositie, Amsterdam, Roermond
1999 Republican Exhibition of Landscape, Minsk
2000 Exhibition of Artists’ Dynasties «Fathers and Children», Minsk
2000 «Pendulum of Time», Minsk
2000 Personal Exhibition Fine Art Gallery Aggie Hendrikx, Roermond
2000 Landscapes of Belarus, Brescia
2000 «Flowers Show», Philadelphia
2001 Republican Art Exhibition «Belarus — to the Third Millennium», Minsk
2002 Dall’ ‘800 italiano al ‘900 russo, Brescia
2002—2003. De Kazerne Galerie Wiek XX, Nieuweschans
2004 Personal exhibition, Orzinuovi
2004, 2007, 2009 Personal exhibition at the LaSandr-art art gallery, Minsk
2007 Pittori dell' Est, Chiari
2007 Russian Art Gallery, Moscow
2008 «My Quiet Country», Nesvizh
2009 «The Return», Slutzk
2009 Belorussian art exhibition, Brescia
2011 Personal exhibition Pride of Poland, Janow Podlaski
2011 Exhibition «In 3B format», Minsk
2012 Exhibition «Soul of Belarus», Prague
2013 Exhibition «Four brushes», Minsk
2014 «Central Artists’ House - 2014», Moscow
2014 Realistic painting exhibition, Beijing
2015 «Oneness with the Native Land», Slutzk
2015 Belarusian still life exhibition, Minsk
2016 Art Exhibition «Haute taste», Minsk
2017 Masterpieces of National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus / National Art Museum of China – Beijing, China
2017 Art Exhibition «Autumn-2017» / Palace of Arts – Minsk, Belarus

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Rowan (2017)


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