Lord of the Brush and Pencil

This year the Dnipropetrovsk Art Museum has started with commemorative exhibitions of local artists who have something to show the beauty lovers. Leonyd Antonyuk and Stanislav Yushkov one by one have presented their large-scale displays (each author said that it couldn’t fit all their works). And now it is the turn of Vasyl Korkishko dedicated to the 50th jubilee of the artist.

The anniversary exhibition could hardly fit more than 80 paintings by the artist, representing a variety of types and genres of his works.

Vasyl Korkishko has created so many paintings. He was born in 1961, in Kuntseve village of Poltava region, and for many years, he has lived in Dnipropetrovsk. After the Kharkiv Art College he has graduated from the Art and Industry Institute in the same city, he has participated in many both Ukrainian and international exhibitions, and became a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine.

Picture: Vasyl Korkishko is made one with cityscapes as well as rural motifs

Fine art experts point out that in spite of the apparent simplicity and ease, the paintings of Vasyl Korkishko are filled with a great respect for the traditions of Ukrainian realist artistic school. At the same time, the painting is deeply individual, as one may clearly read there the creator’s personal perception of the world. The exhibition visitors do like that in the diversity surrounding us, Korkishko prefers to focus on good things, on the moments causing positive emotions. Naturality, stylistic unity, a sense of brush lightness give Vasyl’s paintings that special lightness and harmony. And here the artist's love of nature plays an important role - these wonderful, multicolored still-lifes and landscapes couldn’t come into the world without it.

However, all the wealth of texture and color, given to an artist by a palette of oil paints, was not enough for Vasyl Korkishko. Along with painting, he becomes very closely and successfully engaged in graphics. Despite the obvious lack of bright colors in it, the graphics of Korkishko turns out sometimes even more emotional than the painting. Korkishko’s graphics is always scaled-down, it makes visitors stop and as if look inside. The pencil portraits come to life: it seems that you perfectly know what the old man on the "Old Age" graphic portrait thinks, which concerns and feelings hold this hero. This work is no less lyrical and emotional than the summer-warm "By the Window": a young girl intently looks out for her own happiness...

Dnepr evening "May 4, 2011       Julianna Kokoshko