until 31 Dec, 2014
Mon – Fri: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm Sat: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hay Hill Gallery, 35 Baker Street, London W1U 8EN
‘By observing the world, a person can observe the way Light operates through them; with a conscious effort they can try to harness this Light to improve their own lives.’ Galyna Moskvitina
Hay Hill Gallery is delighted to present this exhibition of powerfully spiritual works by noted Ukrainian artist Galyna Moskvitina. Featuring theLaternative Realism style founded by the artist herself, The Heart of the Matter is the radiant result of her 15 year immersion into Eastern Philosophy, and explores representations of a higher state as taught by George Gurdjieff.
As one of the best graphic artists in the Ukraine, Moskvitina was the first to illustrate Bulgakov’s literary masterpiece The Master and Margarita, and perhaps his magical realism was an inspiration for her later works. Her illustrations have appeared in nearly 70 books published in the former Soviet Union, and her public work received high acclaim in 1991 with solo exhibitions in the Ukraine and abroad. She later withdrew from the art world to explore her own spiritual path, returning over a decade afterwards with a series of remarkable Svetangs (‘Light anchors’). These aesthetically beautiful works are balanced perfectly between the visible and invisible, lending us her visions of heightened awareness.
‘Real art should reveal the higher essence of existence, express the deepest truths of the spirit, carry love and give wings to the soul- otherwise, why would people need it?’ Galyna Moskvitina
Inspired by the teachings of Gurdjieff, this ‘authentic artist’ is deliberate in her approach, consciously creating art designed to resonate deeply with the spectator. Whatever your personal take on spirituality, the works lend themselves flawlessly to a meditative state; the colours are soft, with the pastel tones of prisms or soap bubbles. As bright as the Christmas lights of Oxford Street, the walls of Hay Hill Gallery are illuminated with the idea that by peeling back the dulling layers of material stuff and noise, the true centre will be found. Our rushed approach can be altered by these visual prompts: in slowing down to become aware of the present, our concept of time will be stretched out like elastic.
The idea of approaching time differently is encoded within these paintings, with each of the ‘Sparkle Series’ named to indicate the time of day that they will have their full impact. Like tuning forks they strike a silvery note, aligning every listener with ‘the heart of the matter’. Though the maelstrom of shoppers and glowing taillights of rush hour continues to busily hum round Marylebone, this is an unexpectedly beautiful space to catch your breath- and just be still for a little while.
event website http://www.hayhill.com/docs/exhibitions.html#toppage
Galyna Moskvitina’s Wikipedia profile http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galyna_Moskvitina
Galyna Moskvitina’s official webpage http://www.galynamoskvitina.com/eng/
Tags: ukrainian painter