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Ilya Volykhine: Stories

Ilya Volykhine: Stories

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  • Fri 18 Nov ’11, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Sat 19 Nov ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Sun 20 Nov ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 21 Nov ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 23 Nov ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 24 Nov ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 25 Nov ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 26 Nov ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Sun 27 Nov ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 28 Nov ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 30 Nov ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 1 Dec ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 2 Dec ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 3 Dec ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Sun 4 Dec ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 5 Dec ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Tue 6 Dec ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 7 Dec ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 8 Dec ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 9 Dec ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 10 Dec ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Sun 11 Dec ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 12 Dec ’11, 10:30am – 3:00pm
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Toi Gallery, 145 Ocean View Rd, Oneroa Village, Waiheke Island


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Waiheke has attracted many artists of high calibre to its shores over the years and the latest artist to be showcased at Toi Gallery is no exception. Having moved to the island from Hawaii in 2008 with his wife and two sons, award winning artist, Ilya Volykhine has a new exhibition titled “Stories” opening at Toi Gallery on the 18th November.

In “Stories”, Volykhine uses a combination of oil and paper (using personal letters from his mother still in Russia) on canvas, linen and panels. The artist’s versatile use of different expressive media is directly connected to the kaleidoscope of cultures that coexist in his personality: born in the Soviet Union, he has led a mobile existence in Russia, USA and most recently Australia; between the polymorphic vitality of Russian culture and the New York “melting pot” he delves into the idea of the accidental nature of the world as creative force, maintaining a detachment with respect to subjects and materials that allows him to freely explore and express his experience of the world in painting.

His works often evoke his own physical presence, his body seen as an instrument through which a relationship of osmosis is established between the creative self and the rest of the world: the artist is his own body through which, in a constant interplay of inner and outer, physical and psychic, relations are created among different cultures, histories, people and thoughts. They are characterised by luminous vivid colours, and the artists’ unique iconography infused with both memories of Russian literature and popular culture.

The exhibition title “Stories” refers to the common saying that every picture tells a story and highlights many works – including portraits and the human figure, rural landscapes and urban cityscapes, and conceptual approaches to figurative painting – that speak to the continuing power of painting.

Ilya Volykhine's “Stories” exhibition opens at 6pm on Friday the 18th November, with a preview with the artist from 6-8pm, and will be on view until the 13th December.

About the artist:
Volykhine was born in 1967 in Ust Labinsk, Russia and currently lives in Sydney. He has had five solo exhibitions in Sydney since 2000. He has exhibited at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Hawaii, USA and at the YAVA Gallery space in New York City. He exhibited as a finalist in the 2004 53rd Blake Prize for Religious Art at Sir Hermann Black Gallery and also as a finalist in the 2003 Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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