Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sverdlovsk governor opens Sazhaev art exhibit at private residence

On Wednesday, Sverdlovsk Governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev opened an art exhibition at his home featuring the works of both renowned watercolor artist Mihail Sazhaev and Sazhaev's student, Lina.

Prominent members of the Urals arts community and regional political officials attended the opening of Sazhaev and Lina's watercolor exhibitions. Rarely exhibited in Russia, the artist's work is typically purchased by collectors from the U.S. and Italy, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

"I and Lina once matured this decision more than thing here is not to expose the motives and explain that I will not," Sazhaev said at the opening, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "But when there is a proposal from the governor, [I will not] ignore it."

Lina's paintings often focus on cats as the subjects. Some of the most prominent examples of her cat paintings on display at the governor's mansion include "Mushroom Summer," "Cold Water" and "Three, Seven, Ace." Her painting entitled "April" features a rabbit with piercing blue eyes.

A large portion of Sazhaev's work displayed in the exhibition features more abstract depictions of topics like world harmony, as well as a few impressionist paintings of various subjects, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.