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Elena Barkhatkova

Elena Barkhatkova

Born: 1965

Hometown: Slutsk

Based in: Minsk

Elena Barkhatkova — a springtime person — was born on May 24, during the blossoming of the gardens and the awakening of the powers of the earth. Maybe that’s why in her paintings the sun shines so bright, the flowers and the fruits sparkle so cheerfully, and so palpable are the touch of the wind and the scent of the grass. Elena unites still life and landscape in a single painting naturally and effectively: be it a contrasting chiaroscuro, a counter light of verdure, translucent in the sun like a stain-glass, or the miracles of the optical tricks of perspective — some of the elements of Elena’s style or all of them together will enchantingly affect even those who know nothing about either realistic tradition in painting or the dynasty of the Barkhatkovs. Elena depicts the world that surrounds her everyday life: her and her husband’s house, garden, fields around it, the flowers, and the trees that she looks after herself. The birds and the animals, all the inhabitants of her own cosmos are under her protection and care. And it may be said that the painter Elena Barkhatkova is the creator of both her paintings and the reality they depict.

Her powerful vitality, strong character, and incredible diligence allowed the young painter Elena Novik to develop her creative individuality in the family of the famous Belarusian painters Barkhatkovs. In the Minsk Glebov Art School, a painter and a distinguished pedagogue Oleg Lutsevich effectively passed on to his talented student Elena the principle of vision that he regarded as the most important for an artist: every object is a volume in space — be it a human figure or a semitransparent sphere formed by the bundle of willow twigs.

Thus, through the synthesis of different influences during her education, Elena established her relationships with Space and Color — the main instruments of the creation of the effect of physical presence that unavoidably appears around the works of Elena Barkhatkova. Every canvas is a pleasant trap prepared for the viewer in advance: we are immediately inside this landscape, already have visited all its surroundings and are looking at them from a distance through the bunch of flowers that we have recently plucked ourselves. It seems that while constructing the composition the author takes us, spectators, into account as a kind of «volumes», elements of composition in the space of her painting: without being aware of it, we form a part of her works and we are assigned in this composition a specific place on our side of the spectral boundary of the canvas. But who, in turn, looks at us from the depths of her paintings through the same still life that stands between these parallel worlds? Maybe it is the Arab horses Zabava and Chatabi or their friend Fadel — family members and art models of the married couple Barkhatkovs, walking freely around their farmstead in the village Horuzhi near Rakov? Or maybe it is Elena herself? In any case, there are quite complicated relations between reality and illusion in her paintings; her paintings are in fact very theatrical, because Elena plays her very own game with nature.

This life is far from being sill and the hidden dramaturgy in it creates a kind of tension that is much appreciated by the viewers, as much as Elena’s painting technique itself, energetic, even dashing — and at the same time disciplined and thorough. Look at the table-stage on her canvases, at the spectacular postures of the main heroes (flowers-fruits) situated there, at the arrangement and lighting of the corps de ballet (hens, horses, dogs, cats, sometimes — staffage human figures), scenery and wings (apple trees, sheds, lilac bushes, blooming and dry grass), at the a bit exaggerated (in the same degree as the perspective) contrasts of the tones and colours (is it something like a light make-up — the «actress Spring»?), at the wonderfully painted landscape background! And are we the spectators or the extras, staffage figures that somebody sees from the depths of the canvas or the dear guests of the beautiful homestead of the hostess Elena — we cannot understand anyway. It is Elena's two sons who are more used to working with abstract notions and terms — the art historian Igor and the philosopher Anton Barkhatkov. «Facts are the most fantastic thing in the world». And if we change «facts» for «reality», this idea may well give a new impulse to the development of the realistic painting that survived safe and sound here in Belarus up to the XXI century, in particular, thanks to the bright and sincere art of Elena Nikolaevna Barkhatkova.

Collections:
National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus
National Center for Contemporary Arts, Belarus
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus
Mogilev Regional Arts Museum n.a. P. Maslennikov, Belarus
Grodna State Museum of History and Archaeology, Belarus
Justus Frantz Collection, Germany
Magli Collection, Italy
Romualdo del Bianco Foundation, Italy
Würth Collection, Germany


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Bouquet of Bird Cherry

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Autumn. Asters by Elena Barkhatkova

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Still Life with Catkins and Snowdrops by Elena Barkhatkova

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Sunny October by Elena Barkhatkova

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Rain. Last Leaves by Elena Barkhatkova

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More About Elena Barkhatkova

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Describe your creative process.

I bring together the best of my emotions, confiding to canvas my innermost and exciting feelings that inspire my creative art — love for land, flowers, and animals.

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

luminous, acute, and lively

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Where do you go for inspiration?

I obtain spiritual comfort through peaceful contact with nature, contentedly painting my native motifs in my remote countryside studio.


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Credentials

Education

Minsk State Art College named after A. Glebov under O. Lutzevich

Belarus, 1984

Slutsk Art School under V. Sadin

Belarus, 1980

Exhibitions

Realistic Painting Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

2020

Autumn - 2017 / Palace of Art, Minsk

2017

Haute Taste / Palace of Art, Minsk

2016

Belarusian Still Life / Palace of Art, Minsk

2015

Personal Exhibition / Art Gallery, Slutsk

2015

Realistic Painting Exhibition / Beijing

2014

Central Artists’ House - 2014 / Moscow

2014

Four Brushes / National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk

2013

Soul of Belarus / Embassy of Belarus, Prague

2012

In 3B format / Palace of Art, Minsk

2011

Personal Exhibition / Pride of Poland, Janow Podlaski

2011

Personal Exhibition / LaSandr-Art Gallery, Minsk

2009

Personal Exhibition / Art Gallery, Slutsk

2009

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia

2009

My Quiet Country / Nesvizh City Museum, Nesvizh

2008

Personal Exhibition / LaSandr-Art Gallery, Minsk

2007

Pittori dell' Est / Pinacoteca Repossi, Chiari

2007

Group Exhibition / Russian Art Gallery, Moscow

2007

Personal Exhibition / LaSandr-Art Gallery, Minsk

2004

Personal Exhibition / Museo della Stampa, Orzinuovi

2004

Dall’ ‘800 italiano al ‘900 russo / Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia

2002

Wiek XX / De Kazerne Galerie, Nieuweschans

2002

Belarus — to the Third Millennium / Palace of Art, Minsk

2001

Personal Exhibition / Fine Art Gallery Aggie Hendrikx, Roermond

2000

Exhibition of Artists’ Dynasties / Palace of Art, Minsk

2000

The Pendulum of Time / Palace of Art, Minsk

2000

Landscapes of Belarus / Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia

2000

Flowers Show / Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

2000

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Pieter Breughel Art Gallery, Amsterdam

1999

Republican Art Exhibition "Landscape" / Palace of Art, Minsk

1999

Personal Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

1998

Exhibition of the Barkhatkov Dynasty / Fine Arts Museum, Murmansk

1998

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Gallery "Znad Willii", Vilnius

1998

VIVAFIRENZE / Romualdo del Bianco Foundation, Florence

1998

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Fine Art Gallery Aggie Hendrikx, Roermond

1997

Personal Exhibition / Pieter Breughel Art Gallery, Amsterdam

1997

I Grandi Maestry Bielorussi / Museo della Stampa, Orzinuovi

1997

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Pieter Breughel Art Gallery, Amsterdam

1997

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Galerie Rocha, Barbizon

1997

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Pieter Breughel Art Gallery, Amsterdam

1996

Group Exhibition / Galerie Fayla, Brussels

1995

Personal Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

1995

Republican Art Exhibition "Youth - 89" / Palace of Art, Minsk

1989

Republican Art Exhibition "Youth - 88" / Palace of Art, Minsk

1988

Republican Art Exhibition "Youth of Republic" / Palace of Art, Minsk

1987

Republican Art Exhibition "Autumn - 86" / Palace of Art, Minsk

1986

Education

Minsk State Art College named after A. Glebov under O. Lutzevich

Belarus, 1984

Slutsk Art School under V. Sadin

Belarus, 1980

Exhibitions

Realistic Painting Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

2020

Autumn - 2017 / Palace of Art, Minsk

2017

Haute Taste / Palace of Art, Minsk

2016

Belarusian Still Life / Palace of Art, Minsk

2015

Personal Exhibition / Art Gallery, Slutsk

2015

Realistic Painting Exhibition / Beijing

2014

Central Artists’ House - 2014 / Moscow

2014

Four Brushes / National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk

2013

Soul of Belarus / Embassy of Belarus, Prague

2012

In 3B format / Palace of Art, Minsk

2011

Personal Exhibition / Pride of Poland, Janow Podlaski

2011

Personal Exhibition / LaSandr-Art Gallery, Minsk

2009

Personal Exhibition / Art Gallery, Slutsk

2009

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia

2009

My Quiet Country / Nesvizh City Museum, Nesvizh

2008

Personal Exhibition / LaSandr-Art Gallery, Minsk

2007

Pittori dell' Est / Pinacoteca Repossi, Chiari

2007

Group Exhibition / Russian Art Gallery, Moscow

2007

Personal Exhibition / LaSandr-Art Gallery, Minsk

2004

Personal Exhibition / Museo della Stampa, Orzinuovi

2004

Dall’ ‘800 italiano al ‘900 russo / Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia

2002

Wiek XX / De Kazerne Galerie, Nieuweschans

2002

Belarus — to the Third Millennium / Palace of Art, Minsk

2001

Personal Exhibition / Fine Art Gallery Aggie Hendrikx, Roermond

2000

Exhibition of Artists’ Dynasties / Palace of Art, Minsk

2000

The Pendulum of Time / Palace of Art, Minsk

2000

Landscapes of Belarus / Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia

2000

Flowers Show / Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

2000

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Pieter Breughel Art Gallery, Amsterdam

1999

Republican Art Exhibition "Landscape" / Palace of Art, Minsk

1999

Personal Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

1998

Exhibition of the Barkhatkov Dynasty / Fine Arts Museum, Murmansk

1998

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Gallery "Znad Willii", Vilnius

1998

VIVAFIRENZE / Romualdo del Bianco Foundation, Florence

1998

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Fine Art Gallery Aggie Hendrikx, Roermond

1997

Personal Exhibition / Pieter Breughel Art Gallery, Amsterdam

1997

I Grandi Maestry Bielorussi / Museo della Stampa, Orzinuovi

1997

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Pieter Breughel Art Gallery, Amsterdam

1997

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Galerie Rocha, Barbizon

1997

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Pieter Breughel Art Gallery, Amsterdam

1996

Group Exhibition / Galerie Fayla, Brussels

1995

Personal Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

1995

Republican Art Exhibition "Youth - 89" / Palace of Art, Minsk

1989

Republican Art Exhibition "Youth - 88" / Palace of Art, Minsk

1988

Republican Art Exhibition "Youth of Republic" / Palace of Art, Minsk

1987

Republican Art Exhibition "Autumn - 86" / Palace of Art, Minsk

1986

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