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Ilya Volykhine Solo Art Exhibition - Public & Private


Wed 25 Mar 2020, 10:30am–4:30pm
Thu 26 Mar 2020, 10:30am–4:30pm
Fri 27 Mar 2020, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sat 28 Mar 2020, 10:30am–3:30pm
Sun 29 Mar 2020, 10:30am–3:30pm

Where: Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art, 19A Osborne Street, Newmarket, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


We are pleased to invite you and your guests to view and purchase works of art from Ilya Volykhine's latest solo exhibition 'Public & Private'.

Artist Statement:
I have been told by my favourite auntie that as a 2-year-old kid I sat on the pavement outside my parent’s house in Russia with my feet in the gutter digging with a broken stick. I liked scraping and scratching at the dirt, she said I found it soothing.

Aged 5, I was dragged kicking and screaming into school. I didn’t like being there. The place was petty, cold and heartless. The only times I felt at all within myself was when we had morning play or did painting. We made pictures with the powder paints; mixing the colours soothed me. This is what I’ve kept on doing (and have always protected within myself ) even when I was working shuffling asphalt in our small town, before I left for America.

Art has always been what I go to. This uncompromising streak is how I have aligned myself with the universe: It is very simple and ordinary because it is nothing more than expressing my nature: I’m an artist and doing what I’m meant to be doing: I believe that art can be defined as line and form coming through the hand – the head, and even the heart, somehow have to get out of the way.

To the ego ridden individual to become an artist gives them a tin-pot identity and the elevated status they crave. Ironically just picture making is undervalued. But digging in the gutter with a stick can change the universe just as well.

View Ilya Volykhine's works of art by clicking on the link.

Contact Ngaire to secure your painting on or +64 21 415 449.

The exhibition runs until 29 March 2020.

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