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Exhibition 21 − September 14, 2018

Body in geometric shapes. Exclusive interview with artist Yevgeny Shapovalov

The art space of Lera Litvinova Gallery presented a personal exhibition of Evgeny Shapovalov in a new cozy location in the center of Kiev.

Leonora Yanko, project curator, art historian, art manager and director of the Lera Litvinova Gallery, notes: “Now the art space of the Lera Litvinova Gallery instead of the traditional photo and descriptive report on the opening of exhibitions offers exclusive interviews with the authors and curators of the projects, since the artist expresses himself, emotionally translates the concepts of his works, and his thoughts become the key to understanding the ideas and meanings that stand behind the canvas. ”

The author of the exhibition “Nude in Flowers” Yevgeny Shapovalov answered a number of questions about his creative work.

Interviewer: Each artist, one way or another, finds his own way to creativity. What prompted you to pick up the brush?

Eugene: I painted since childhood. There was a period when I abandoned it. But the feeling that I should be engaged in creativity, did not leave me. Realizing that this is my vocation, I began to seriously develop and follow this path.

AND: Your technique is rather unusual, you often use pastels in your work. What is her magic?

E: Working with pastel techniques shaped my style. I really like this technique, as it conveys softness and interesting technical issues that I enjoy.

AND: Gabriel Garcia Marquez once noted that inspiration comes only during work. But, as you know, for an artist to start creating, you need to find in your heart those emotions that you want to share. Do you have a source of those emotions that awaken the action of creative forces?

E: With Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I agree 100%. By the way, this is one of my favorite authors. There are certain images or plots that come to me. In the process of the work itself, there is a desire to reveal them.

AND: Each canvas is the emotions and feelings of the artist at the time of creation. It is said that world masterpieces were often created in a depressed mood. Do you turn to creativity during times of crisis or in a sublime mood?

E: Only in a good or calm mood I paint pictures. In a bad mood I do not even want to approach work. It is important for me that the right mood comes from work. There are a lot of negative things in our world. My task is to transmit positive emotions to the world.

AND: The search for your own style is part of the artist's creative path. Was it easy to find the style in which you are most comfortable to create?

E: It is important for an artist to find his own face. It was not very easy for me. Understanding and shaping the style began in 2010. Prior to this, a lot of experiments and even destruction of work. I also try to make more and more interesting discoveries in my work. Constant experiments and work on yourself to achieve a satisfactory result.

AND: Continuing the theme of your own style, it is interesting to learn about your creative experiments. Some artists, for example, prefer already-designed motifs, while remaining committed to a single style. Others - do not represent your life without creative research. Are you open to innovation and experimentation in art?

E: Just for discovering new things! Of course, at the beginning of the journey the artist draws information from what he sees and what he likes. It's quite normal. The main thing is to cultivate the right taste, which will give the right direction for the formation of style. It is better to search for yourself for a long time, but to find that unique style. The artist can do anything, but not repeat!

AND: What, in your opinion, is the phenomenon of the artist?

E: I think the task of the artist, as a creator, is to create and contemplate. To convey what cannot be said in words.

AND: The new exhibition “Nude in colors” presents non-standard, dynamic and original works. You connect unexpected angles with tightness, forcing to peer into every detail of the mosaic. Why is it important for you, as an author, to share these works with the audience?

E: I like to explore and transform shape geometry. It is very addictive in the process. At the time of painting a picture, you are building somewhere, but somewhere you destroy the original forms and examine them on canvas. But in the end there should be the right combination. I would like to show people a different way of thinking and a different vision of forms.