With thanks Alexey Yakushenko [his anniversary exhibition on display in the exhibition hall SONCHOU] remembers his teachers: the head of the Gulyai-pole art Studio Victor Grigoruk, teachers from Dnipropetrovsk art College cuco Alexander and Nikolay Pogrebnyak. Special human relations tied him with Vasily Ermilov, who in the sixties he studied at the Kharkov art-industrial Institute.
A long period in the life of an artist associated with the plant "Zaporizhstal", where he created and directed the Bureau of artistic design – from 1967 to 1982. He is the one who instilled in Zaporozhye ground original ideas of the Kharkov school of design. But creativity for Alexey Yakushenko has always been the most important and most necessary. In 1980, Alexis became a member of the National Union of artists of Ukraine.
Inspiration for it – something that is exciting to the very depths of the heart. The stories of many artists about this elusive condition and are different and similar at the same time. In the definition of Aleksei Mikhailovich, I was struck by the phrase, close to the poetic: “to Write is while breathtaking while burning in the soul...”
The transmission of light that gently illuminated the morning, the flaming sunset – perhaps the Central task of his painting. Nebula atmosphere, the opacity of the silhouettes of the trees, the fragility of reflections in the river, depth of color, richness of tones is given to him equally easy.
Watercolor for Alexey Yakushenko was the technique which formed his painting style. On display are watercolors. They are written in that dense, when the artist took a little water, and the color scored all his strength, then gently and transparently – barely touching with a wet brush. Here is beautiful and fallen from a bouquet of petal, and dropped the twig, and the fog on the glass, and quivering foliage. And when the artist wants a living tangibility to the images, especially in still lifes, he introduces velvety pastels.
In recent years Alexey Yakushenko many works in oil technique. Its oil is light, transparent glowing undertones. He often uses it in the portraits, which are written in the solid realistic tradition. Landscape motifs watercolor artist sometimes duplicates in the oil, achieving a greater fullness of color. His age – a time of wisdom and skill. All that accumulated youth, stood off and turned into creativity.
(author: Oksana Alekseeva)