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Igor Barkhatkov

Igor Barkhatkov

Born: 1958

Hometown: Minsk

Based in: Minsk

While looking at the works of Igor Barkhatkov you forget that they are paintings. They seem to be life itself. The greatest art is that which you do not notice, as A. Rodin said. There is no need though to reveal the “secret” to a modern experienced art gallery visitor that the impression of identity of a painting and nature is an illusion. In reality every artist animates his work with his thoughts, feelings, and ideas. To put it another way: he extracts from nature everything which is in tune both with his soul and with his time. The grass is green in Germany and in France and near Moscow, and Russian pines do not differ from French ones, but even so you could not confuse landscapes of Sezanne with those of Shishkin, Corot with Levitan, or Savrasov with Byalynitsky-Birulya. By the brushwork of every artist nature becomes different, it acquires novelty and unique features.
Just glance at Barkhatkov’s paintings: there are no people. Nature is free of both the presence of people and the fruits of civilization. The artist gives space to the Spirit of God and the lines of the paintings are positioned horizontally to let it breathe freely. Low gray clouds, a strip of a forest on the horizon, lines of trees in the foreground, ridges, and the cornices of izba (log cabin) roofings — all of these are horizontal. The upper and lower parts of the painting stop being neutral and join the melody of horizontality.
Here you can clearly hear the march of Time, the objective and absolute cosmic Time, which is fully dependent on the Superior will. It moves quietly and evenly from the left side of the canvas to the right and we have no power to speed up or slow down its movement. We can only surrender to its cosmic rhythms.
The light in his canvases is indeed the Comforting Spirit pacifying the soul. There is so much kindness and hope in the soft light of a winter morning, in the cool sun of early autumn, in the golden brilliance of fading trees!
Sad are the meadows, coppices, and gray little peasant houses: who knows what fate evenly flowing time will bring them? Won’t their peace be destroyed by the grinding of excavators and the wailing of the saws? Won’t the peasants’ houses be crushed by a heartless bulldozer which leaves naked with all the shamelessness of a rapist the innermost secrets of a human dwelling: the bread-giving stove, wornout floorboards, a shred of floral wallpaper... The painter’s look is sad, he gazes at his model as if for the last time, as if saying farewell to a dear person.
There is such a law in human history: what is once created will never disappear. Culture has vast stores but has no incinerators. Even the heritage of primitive people has lived up to now in myths, in the inmost recesses of our mind, and in archeological findings. As to the culture of ancient and modem times, it goes without saying that sometimes Plato and Seneca are closer to us and more understandable than Heidegger or Bachelard.
Realism in art is alive forever and thus it will stay.
Never will fields and meadows, trees, grass, and flowers lose their value, never will they become unnecessary. Keeping all these in form and in paint, art will never lose its attractiveness.
Will a modern city dweller understand the purity and truth of this painting? Will his ears deafened by the noises of our hectic life hear the silence of these forest meadows, wastelands, and village outskirts?
With profound and deep faith I answer: Yes, this art we do need. What is more, people will understand it.

Collections:

National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus
National Center for Contemporary Arts, Belarus
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus
Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, Belarus
Mogilev Regional Arts Museum n.a. P. V. Maslennikov, Belarus
Grodno State Museum of History and Archaeology, Belarus
Würth Collection, Germany
Justus Frantz Collection, Germany
Magli Collection, Italy
Memorial Complex on Poklonnaya Hill, Russia
Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, Italy
State Literary Museum of Yanka Kupala, Belarus
State Literary-Commemorative Museum of Yakub Kolas, Belarus


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Describe your creative process.

I confirm my impressions by means of tireless study and close review of the same motif, adjusting the composition and approaching even small, one-sitting sketches, through the rules and principles of big canvas.

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

precise, profound, spatial

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Alexander Ivanov, Pavel Korin, Vitold Byalynitsky-Birulya, Mikhail Savicki, Stanislav Zhukovsky, Mikhail Nesterov, Mikhail Vrubel, Isaac Levitan, Vladimir Favorsky

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Where do you go for inspiration?

I know for sure there are no other places except my homeland, Belarus, where such kinds of landscapes can be painted, for I love this land and its people, fields covered with snow, humble huts facing village streets with their small windows.


Credentials

Education

Workshops of the Fine Arts Academy of the USSR in Minsk under M. Savitsky

Belarus, 1987

Academy of Arts in Berlin

Germany, 1986

Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden

Germany, 1986

Drawing Studio of O. Lutzevich

Belarus, 1985

Belarusian State Theatre and Art Institute under P. Krochalev and M. Dantzig

Belarus, 1984

Art Studio of V. Sumarev

Belarus, 1976

Exhibitions

Labyrinth III / Palace of Art, Minsk

2019

Gifts and donations to the museum. 1999–2019 / National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk

2019

Masterpieces of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus / National Art Museum of China, Beijing

2017

Subjective Realism / Palace of Art, Minsk

2016

The Art of Sovereign Belarus / National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk

2016

Personal Exhibition / Vysocina Museum, Trebic

2015

Belarusian Still Life / Palace of Art, Minsk

2015

National Art Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

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

My Quiet Country / National Art Museum of Belarus, Minsk

2008

My Quiet Country / Nesvizh City Museum, Nesvizh

2008

Posttradition / Palace of Art, Minsk

2007

Personal Exhibition / LaSandr-Art Gallery, Minsk

2007

Pittori dell' Est / Pinacoteca Repossi, Chiari

2007

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Russian Art Gallery, Moscow

2007

Personal Exhibition / Museo della Stampa, Orzinuovi

2004

Personal Exhibition / LaSandr-Art Gallery, Minsk

2004

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

2003

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

2003

Wiek XX / De Kazerne Galerie, Nieuweschans

2002

Exhibition dedicated to the 120th anniversary of Yakub Kolas and Yanka Kupala / Palace of Art, Minsk

2002

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

2002

Central Artists’ House - 2002 / Moscow

2002

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

2001

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

2001

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

2001

Art Expo / Manege, Moscow

2000

Landscapes of Belarus / Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia

2000

The Pendulum of Time / Palace of Art, Minsk

2000

Exhibition of Artists’ Dynasties / Palace of Art, Minsk

2000

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

2000

National Art Exhibition of Landscape / Palace of Art, Minsk

1999

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

1999

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

1999

VIVAFIRENZE / Romualdo del Bianco Foundation, Florence

1998

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

1998

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Znad Wilii Gallery, Vilnius

1998

Exhibition of the Barkhatkov Dynasty / Fine Arts Museum, Murmansk

1998

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

1997

Personal Exhibition / Galerie Rocha, Barbizon

1997

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

1997

Personal Exhibition / Peter Noldus Art Gallery, Amsterdam

1997

Five Seasons of the Year / Museum of Modern Art, Minsk

1997

National Art Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

1997

Officina del’ Arte / Museo della Stampa, Orzinuovi

1996

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

1996

Personal Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

1995

Personal Exhibition / Galerie Fayla, Brussels

1995

Personal Exhibition / Galerie Heize, Salzburg

1993

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Hotel Drouot-Richelieu, Paris

1993

Belarus Art Month / Art Hub, Abu Dhabi

1992

Personal Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

1991

National art exhibition dedicated to 500th birthday anniversary of Frantsisk Skarina / Palace of Art, Minsk

1990

Personal Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

1987

Exhibition of Young Artists / Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn

1987

We are Building Communism / Manege, Moscow

1986

Cultural Workers for Peace / Palace of Art, Minsk

1985

Forty Years of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War / Palace of Art, Minsk

1985

Youth of Republic / Palace of Art, Minsk

1983

Poets of Belarusian Land / Palace of Art, Minsk

1982

All-Union students exhibition / Leningrad

1982

Awards

laureate of the "For Spiritual Revival" award

2010

Education

Workshops of the Fine Arts Academy of the USSR in Minsk under M. Savitsky

Belarus, 1987

Academy of Arts in Berlin

Germany, 1986

Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden

Germany, 1986

Drawing Studio of O. Lutzevich

Belarus, 1985

Belarusian State Theatre and Art Institute under P. Krochalev and M. Dantzig

Belarus, 1984

Art Studio of V. Sumarev

Belarus, 1976

Exhibitions

Labyrinth III / Palace of Art, Minsk

2019

Gifts and donations to the museum. 1999–2019 / National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk

2019

Masterpieces of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus / National Art Museum of China, Beijing

2017

Subjective Realism / Palace of Art, Minsk

2016

The Art of Sovereign Belarus / National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk

2016

Personal Exhibition / Vysocina Museum, Trebic

2015

Belarusian Still Life / Palace of Art, Minsk

2015

National Art Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

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

My Quiet Country / National Art Museum of Belarus, Minsk

2008

My Quiet Country / Nesvizh City Museum, Nesvizh

2008

Posttradition / Palace of Art, Minsk

2007

Personal Exhibition / LaSandr-Art Gallery, Minsk

2007

Pittori dell' Est / Pinacoteca Repossi, Chiari

2007

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Russian Art Gallery, Moscow

2007

Personal Exhibition / Museo della Stampa, Orzinuovi

2004

Personal Exhibition / LaSandr-Art Gallery, Minsk

2004

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

2003

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

2003

Wiek XX / De Kazerne Galerie, Nieuweschans

2002

Exhibition dedicated to the 120th anniversary of Yakub Kolas and Yanka Kupala / Palace of Art, Minsk

2002

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

2002

Central Artists’ House - 2002 / Moscow

2002

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

2001

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

2001

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

2001

Art Expo / Manege, Moscow

2000

Landscapes of Belarus / Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia

2000

The Pendulum of Time / Palace of Art, Minsk

2000

Exhibition of Artists’ Dynasties / Palace of Art, Minsk

2000

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

2000

National Art Exhibition of Landscape / Palace of Art, Minsk

1999

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

1999

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

1999

VIVAFIRENZE / Romualdo del Bianco Foundation, Florence

1998

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

1998

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Znad Wilii Gallery, Vilnius

1998

Exhibition of the Barkhatkov Dynasty / Fine Arts Museum, Murmansk

1998

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

1997

Personal Exhibition / Galerie Rocha, Barbizon

1997

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

1997

Personal Exhibition / Peter Noldus Art Gallery, Amsterdam

1997

Five Seasons of the Year / Museum of Modern Art, Minsk

1997

National Art Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

1997

Officina del’ Arte / Museo della Stampa, Orzinuovi

1996

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

1996

Personal Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

1995

Personal Exhibition / Galerie Fayla, Brussels

1995

Personal Exhibition / Galerie Heize, Salzburg

1993

Group Exhibition of Belarusian Artists / Hotel Drouot-Richelieu, Paris

1993

Belarus Art Month / Art Hub, Abu Dhabi

1992

Personal Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

1991

National art exhibition dedicated to 500th birthday anniversary of Frantsisk Skarina / Palace of Art, Minsk

1990

Personal Exhibition / Palace of Art, Minsk

1987

Exhibition of Young Artists / Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn

1987

We are Building Communism / Manege, Moscow

1986

Cultural Workers for Peace / Palace of Art, Minsk

1985

Forty Years of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War / Palace of Art, Minsk

1985

Youth of Republic / Palace of Art, Minsk

1983

Poets of Belarusian Land / Palace of Art, Minsk

1982

All-Union students exhibition / Leningrad

1982

Awards

laureate of the "For Spiritual Revival" award

2010

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