Sergey Kononov in the Lazarew Gallery
Back to the intimacy with artist Sergey Kononov
After his first exhibition at the Lazarew Gallery in 2016, the Ukrainian artist Sergey Kononov is back for a fourth presentation of his art works.
Currently in the 5th year of the School of Fine Arts in Paris, Kononov is one of the most promising Ukrainian artists. With several group and other personal exhibitions, his career promises to be flourishing.
The painter took the time to make a real introspection on a personal and pictorial level, thus refining the contours of an already very significant personality.
The aerosol has been definitively abandoned in favor of an exclusively oil painting, he has reduced his palette, and his scenes are painted with minimal decor on monochrome backgrounds.
2019 also marks the meeting in November, in Florence, of Sergey Kononov with the major work of Sandro Botticelli, Le Printemps. Beyond all the symbolism of this painting, the artist was fascinated by the power of the contrasts between deep greens, purple fabrics, and the infinite nuances of naked flesh. A revelation that feeds this new series, yet is actual. The particular lighting which seems to surprise his characters, is reminiscent of he supernatural light which detaches the figures of Botticelli from its backgrounds.
An artist fascinated by uninhibited youth
The exhibition Le Printemps by Sergey Kononov presents a succession of portraits depicted in minimized decor, whose subjects are directly part of the artist’s entourage.
His paintings are intriguing with very bare and intimate atmospheres, like this scene with two boys, one of whom is lying on a bed and the other standing with his foot on his partner’s stomach.
The influence of Balthus can be summoned in some of the paintings (such as the women with the animals and the couple on the sofa). A stripped down, nostalgic atmosphere … the whole Slavic soul in which Sergey Kononov’s imagination was built.
From March 6 to June 13, 2020, Sergey Kononov exhibits his works in the Lazarew Gallery. An exhibition that invites spectators in the intimacy of the subjects, portrayed in an ambiguous atmosphere, testifying to a beautiful evolution of a painter who asserts his undeniable talent.
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