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Yuri Savchenko & Konstantin Savchenko

Yuri Savchenko & Konstantin Savchenko

Yuri Savchenko

Fruitful and high-quality work of Yuri Savchenko gives him a rightful place among honoured artists. The master created around 5000 art pieces during more than 50 years of creative work. But it is not the quantity that is set as a goal for Yuri Savchenko, - he treasures the very process of creating of every canvas and cares about an individual face of every work.

Today, the notability and relevance of the works of Yuri Savchenko in Ukraine, as well as abroad, is undoubted. The starting point to the world-wide recognition was hit at his first exhibition abroad, organized in USA in 1991. By now, there have been already presented 10 personal catalogues of the artist. And never the less, his origin is what he always keeps in mind: year after year he returns to his native Slavyansk and revives it in vivid images. After graduation from Kharkov Art School, Yuri Savchenko came back to Slavyansk and took part in organizing the Fund of the Arts and the Regional Museum of Natural History. At the same time he worked a lot creating stained-glass windows and monumental paintings for his town. Later on, Yuri gave his native land the real cause to be proud of him: he became the first artist who was accepted to the Union of Artists of Ukraine, and for this he was granted the title of the honorary citizen.

We can travel to these precious places only when become acquainted with creative work of Yuri Savchenko. It is known that the artist was born and spent his childhood in a clay-walled hut with brushwood roof. And this well-known motive can be noticed very often in his canvases. "Slobozhanshchina" series reveals the whole world that presents itself in an artistic tongue ("Village", "Road to a Village", "Country Town"). In "Komplisovo Village" the artists manner wonderfully unites with spectator's emotions: downy and snow-covered huts light the fires, so attractive in their cosiness and warmth of a hearth. Reserved in color, these paintings turn modest rural sceneries into oases of beauty, freshness and repose from anything vain and passing. 'Ihis intimate sounding is particularly highlighted in the "Forester's House", where the nature itself guards a little island of quietness and serenity, created by a man.

At the present time Yuri Savchenko works on a cycle of paintings with a very characterizing name - "Yard of My Childhood". The main work of this theme line is quite typical for the artist. Chosen artistic means help to uncover moments from childhood. Colorful glimmer of painting and dynamic strokes recreate child's perception of the world, so tempting and mysterious and elusory. Unpretentious subject of the painting turns out to be an incitement to the most expressive and inimitable manner.

It is fascinating to follow the changes of a palette that renders different times of the year. The artist delicately highlights transitional states of nature and frankly proclaims its main seasons. Here is "Golden Autumn" burning with precious colours. In the other painting under the same name we can almost feel the first snow that quietly melts not even reaching the ground still warm after day. The "Winter (Raygorod Village)" shows us completely different scenery, where frosty and snow-covered landscape plunges into velvety and slumberous delight. The "Spring" shines with tender greens awakening quite a winter landscape. The whole cycle is crowned by the "Old Hut" presenting all the liberality and all the daring of his palette.

Every year Yuri Savchenko together with his youngest son Konstantin Savchenko travels to Croatia, where his eldest son Michael lives. Also, he often visits Montenegro taking part in artistic plein air sessions of the "Cultural Heritage" Foundation. When painting the sea, his brush strokes gain special power and colours become strikingly vivid. The "Makarskaya" - the bay on Adriatic Sea - inspired the artist to create several pictures. The coloring in these works is mostly liberated and, similar to that of fau\'es, is based on a play of colour stains.

Yuri Savchenko is a man of old values, he treasures every echo of true culture and art. As the artist says, contemporary society needs to "develop humans soul", and this is also his personal aspiration. In this aspect "Lavra in Svyatogorsk" obtains a very important place. The image of orthodoxy personifies hard way of a Christian to the Faith: having overcome this spiritual Olympus a man reaches the Truth, Purity and Perfection. The "Lavra in Svyatogorsk" can be viewed as a purpose of spiritual search of the artist himself.

Yuri Savchenko lives closely to his origins. That is why the majority of his works are dedicated to his native land and intimate rural motives that are dear to the artist for unique charm of untouched beauty. Thanks to an individual technique and wide use of a palette-knife the canvases are intensely imbued with special mood - each one of them is born on a base of experienced feeling. The art work of Yuri Savchenko is very sincere: it evolves the themes that convey deep personal perception of the subject. And if we know how significant the depicted places are for the artist, we can regard his works as autobiographical landscapes.

Ekaterina Goudze

Konstantin Savchenko

Konstantin Savchenko is a worthy continuer of a family tradition. From his father, famous artist Yuri Savchenko, he adopted distinctive manner of painting. But he developed individually in other aspects and found his own theme and color preferences allowing to distinguish his work from any other. In painting this artist always tends to be deep and versatile, predominantly choosing warm colours. His every canvas is created in a perfect unison of colour, motive and mood.

The art pieces by Konstantin Savchenko are often arranged in series. Among them he placed eternal romanticism of Venice, style perfection of St. Petersburg, rich blooming bouquets, and quiet charm of Russian landscape. The artist celebrates these favorite motives in a million different ways, each time finding new and inimitable harmony between image and emotion. With love and patience K. Savchenko reveals his design step after step, presenting it as a book that we can read turning he pages.

The poetry of Venice inspired the artist to many wonderful creations. In a series dedicated to this corner of the world K. Savchenko skillfully highlights the use of complementary colours. This part of spectrum was well mastered by Delacroix at his time and then gained wide use among impressionists. In Venetian series of K. Savchenko cold blue sky and bright lilac shadows are emphasized by rich ochroid tints of Italian sun and architecture. Graceful gondolas draw attention to the narrowness of Venetian channels and fronts of buildings insensibly melt into their reflection in the water. What a perfect harmony!

Another city - St. Petersburg - in interpretation of the artist uncovers the meaning of its second name - Northern Venice. In artistic series depicting this city K. Savchenko pays much attention to the silhouette and experiments with a changing face of the city, unique in every moment of year and day.

In the art work of K. Savchenko floral theme is vividly featured. Numerous compositions and bouquets convey the variety of emotions: tenderness and festivity, autumn mood and summer bliss. Under the brush of the artist flowers are imbued with energy of life but still keep their attractive ornamentality. There are flowers to anyone's liking in a "flower shop" of the painter: "Sunlit Irises", "Seven Sunflowers", "Festive Bouquet" and "Tender Roses".

As artists, father and son Yuri Savchenko and Konstantin Savchenko always follow one way in an attempt show to the beauty of orthodoxy and all the elevating power of this beauty. Together, they turn to the image of Lavra in Svyatogorsk which they regard as an allegorical starting-point and acme of Christianity. "Lavra in Svyatogorsk" and "Snow-Covered Temple" by K. Savchenko are symbolic wharfs of faith. That is why the artist renders a temple as an island the mankind can reach by the blessing.

Among other themes in the art work of Savchenko junior, peaceful charm of Russian landscape occupies an important place, similar to that in his father's canvases. "Spring Thaw", "Autumn Time", "Lake" and "Snow-Covered Birches" - these images tell us about the native land of the painter. In this subject line of his creative work Konstantin is not as verbose as his father, but still, as any man of Russian soul, he does justice to lyrical spirit of native nature.

Konstantin Savchenko daringly interchanges the subjects and constantly develops as an artist. The key to his success is an optimistic perception of the world and creative energy that draws subjects for art pieces from all spheres of life. Extraordinary talent of K. Savchenko allows him to transform visible world and reveal its perfection. And this is possible only for the artist in love with life.

Ekaterina Goudze

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